Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bombay Toast Sandwich

"Bombay" or "Mumbai" as we call it these days is the financial capital of India and one of the most busiest cities in the world. Everyone seems to be in a hurry... and yes the city does't sleep but still is known as the "City of Dreams". In all the hustle and bustle of the fast paced life of Bombay (I still love to call it Bombay) where you are always on the move and you get used to pick up a quick meal on your way, what better than a Vada Pav or if u have a moment or two to spare then nothing better than a Toast Sandwich. 

"Bombay Toast Sandwich"

In Bombay its commonly known as the "Masala Toast Sandwich" and this is a common street food. Stalls are there everywhere and everyone has there own favorite "Sandwich Wala", usually more than one. For me there was one near my institute at Dadar, on on the by lanes of Lower Parel (where i started working)...the very famous Swastik Saandwich Wala at Santacruze, one outside the Heera Panna shopping center at Haji Ali.... well the list goes on and on. Infact I would say they were just everywhere and the best thing was it was customised....they would add or minus what ever u say just to suite your taste. Each one has there own signature some serve it along with Fine Sev (fine crispy noodles made of besan or the Bengal gram flour) or with a few potato wafers. I loved the potato wafer.

"Bombay Toast Sandwich"

Well for those who are not aware of the Bombay Toast Sandwich...as the name suggests its a toast sandwich, spicy green chutney is applied on to the slices of bread, then goes the not so spicy potato filling and is topped with slices of tomato, capsicum, cucumber and at times it also contains slices of onion and beetroot. As I said these sandwiches are customized so you could always add in some cheese or minus any vegetable toppings.
Now that we have moved out of Bombay I still crave for my Masala Toast Sandwich...and they best way to have them here is make at home. So sharing with you a very simple and easy recipe of one of my favorite street food "The Bombay Toast Sandwich"

Ingridients

Bread Slices - 10-12
Butter - 3-4 tablespoon (at room temperature)
Tomato, sliced - 2 medium sized
Capsicum, sliced - 1 medium sized
Cucumber, sliced - 1 medium
Onion, sliced - 1 large( one slice per sandwich)
Beetroot, sliced - 1 large ( one slice per sandwich)
Chaat Masala - 1 tablespoon

For potato filling

Potato,boiled - 4 nos. medium
Green peas,shelled - 1/2 cup
Green chili, chopped - 2
Fresh green coriander, chopped - 1/2 cup, loosely packed
Cumin Seeds (Jeera) - 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds (Rai) - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Oil - 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste

For Green Chutney

Fresh coriander leaves - 1 cup
Fresh Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
Green chilies - 2 -3 pieces
Fresh lemon juice - 1 tablespoon (adjust according to taste)
Salt to taste.

For Serving

Potato Wafers - as much as u like
Tomato ketchup

Method

For Green Chutney

Clean and wash the mint and coriander leaves to get rid of soil particles. Roughly chop the green chilies and place all ingredients in the grinder. Add salt and lemon juice and grind. Avoid adding water as it will make the chutney very runny.





For the Potato Filling

Peal and mash the boiled potatoes, add the chopped green coriander and salt, mix well and keep aside.



Heat oil in a frying pan or kadhai, add mustard deeds along with cumin seeds, once the seeds spices start to pop and release there aroma, add the chopped chilies reduce the flame to low and fry for a minute or two



Add the peas along with the curry leaves,mix well and add turmeric powder along with salt.Stir well.



Add around 1/4th cup of water to the peas and cover and cook until they are tender, remember we don't want the peas to be mushy. This would take around 4-5 minutes on medium flame.



Once the peas are well cooked, all the water has dried up add the mashed potatoes and mix well on low flame.Once done let it cool down as we prepare to assemble the sandwiches.



Assembling the Sandwich

Keep the sliced tomatoes and capsicum handy along with the green chutney, potato filling,chaat masala, butter and the slices of bread...


Apply the green chutney on one side of each slice of bread, place a generous amount of potato filling and spread evenly. 


Place the sliced tomatoes and capsicum,sprinkle some chaat masala, cover with another slice of bread, chutney side facing down. Apply butter on the top side.



Once done place the assembled sandwiches in the toaster, apply butter on both sides of the sandwich and toast until done.



Once the sandwiches are well toasted, serve hot along with green chutney, tomato ketchup and potato wafers.


Enjoy along with a hot cup of Chai :)

Serves-4

Notes:

I have added lemon juice in the green chutney as it helps maintain the fresh green colour and does and a tang to the chutney. Please adjust the lemon juice according to taste as we are also using chaat masala in this recipe.
Please go slow while adding salt for the potato filling, as we have added salt to the boiled potatoes as well as to the green peas.
Remember the green chutney also contains salt and we are sprinkling chaat masala which again contains salt.
I have not used onion, cucumber and beetroot for in my sandwich as my folks don't like it much, however you are free to add it for the extra crunch.
I have used an electric toaster but you could also toast it in the hand held gas toaster or even toast it directly on the tava.

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