Since I have lived Mumbai all my life, I am used to eating all the Mumbai road-side food like vada-pav, sandwiches, masala dosa, bhel puri, pani-puri and the list is endless. I took all these mumbai fast food delicacies for granted till I visited and stayed in other parts of India. How much I missed the mumbai food…… difficult to get the same kind of stuff in other parts of India.
So, the only way is to make it at home and not to miss the mumbai street food. Luckily, since I am very observant, I always used to watch the food vendors carefully while they used to dish out the delectable snacks one after the other.
Sandwiches are very popular in Mumbai. You will find a sandwich stall near every almost college, near railway stations, in markets etc. I am used to eating sandwiches outside since my school days and then later during my college days. My mom also used to make sandwiches at home. But I always preferred the spicy sandwiches made by the bombay roadside vendors.
My favorite place to eat the Bombay Masala Cheese Toast Sandwich and Bombay Veg Sandwich was the Swastik Sandwich Stall in Santacruz (East) – Mumbai and the sandwich stall near my college. I also remember buying their Swastik Sandwich Masalas when back in Mumbai.
I don’t know what they add in the green chutney. If you ask them, they won’t tell you the ingredients and you just have to guess. Yet if one has is very sensitive to taste and smell, then he/she can tell the ingredients added in the dish. This is how I come to know what is used or added in a particular dish or recipe. In restaurants or cafe’s , I usually end up finding the ingredients added in a dish.
This recipe is for the Bombay Masala Toast Sandwich. Here the Masala is made from boiled and mashed potatoes , which are tempered with spices. Easy to make, especially if you have leftover boiled or mashed potatoes.
Bombay Toast Sandwich recipe details below:
- 1 cup coriander leaves
- 1/ 4 cup mint leaves
- ½ inch ginger
- 1 green chili
- black salt
- 2 cup mashed potatoes
- ½ onion – chopped finely
- ½ tomato – chopped finely
- 1 small green chilly – chopped finely
- ½ sprig of curry leaves – optional
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- ¼ tsp mustard seeds
- a few chopped coriander leaves
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- a pinch of asafoetida
- ¼ tsp red chili powder (optional)
- 8 slices of bread – brown or white
- a few thin round slices of onions, tomatoes, capsicum
- Amul Butter or any other brand of Butter
- Sandwich Masala or Chaat Masala
- Grind the ingredients for the green chutney with little water to a smooth paste.
- If this chutney remains, then you can use it as a dip for pakoras, samosas, or even serve it as a side dish with pulaos or biryanis.
- Add mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
- Add cumin seeds. Then add onions. Fry the onions till transparent.
- Now add the tomatoes.
- Fry the tomatoes till they become soft and are cooked.
- Add the chopped green chilli.
- Add the all the spice powders mentioned above.
- Mix them well.
- Now add the mashed potatoes.
- Add salt. Mix the stuffing really well.
- Keep on stirring on a low flame so that the mixture does not stick to the pan.
- Cook for 5 minutes.
- Let the mixture cool before you start using it for the sandwich.
- Trim the edges of the bread
- Apply amul butter evenly on the bread.
- Now apply the green chutney on the bread.
- Take the potato mixture and apply it on this bread. Keep one or two onion, tomato and capsicum rings on this mixture. Sprinkle some sandwich masala or chat masala.
- Now cover this potato laden bread with another slice of bread, to which both butter and chutney has been applied.
- In a sandwich toaster or grill, toast or grill the sandwich till browned from both sides.
- Remove and apply some butter on top of the sandwich. The butter melts. Ah….. melted butter on hot sandwich.
- Its crisp from outside and spicy and soft from inside. Serve the bombay toast sandwich hot with the green chutney and tomato ketchup.