Sandwiches, an easy snack, or a meal can be had any time of the day. A food consumed by people all over the world irrespective of any traits. You can make this food easily with anything under the sky and also making it nutritious. As far as my family concerned, especially kids, this is their most preferred tiffin box food and meal preference.
I adapt my ways according to the schedule of my life. I find these sandwiches hands on and an easy option when there is little time or when I fall sick or reach home late after some engagements or work. In today’s time, when families are nuclear, domestic help options are getting tougher, sandwiches become an undetachable part of our life. So I keep trying out different versions of sandwiches, healthy, innovative, tasty and fullfilling.
As the popularity of the sandwiches spread around the globe, this food started getting acceptance in India too. You can find many Indianised versions of sandwiches, fusion sandwiches and deconstructed foreign versions, which got Indianised too. Sandwiches has its street adaptations too.
Indian cuisine is a cuisine where lot of hard work goes in for each meal. But all these meals are so well planned and nutritious as well as meeting so many health factors. Thanks to our forefathers infant foremothers for their great vision making each meal a full square meal. Sandwiches as a food option was bought to India by the British. This later became famous as a street food especially in Mumbai.
Street food of Mumbai is the food sold by Hawker trade hawkers from portable Market stalls in Mumbai. It is one of the characteristics of the city. The city is known for its distinctive street foods. Although street food is common all over India, street food in Mumbai is noted because people from all economic classes eat on the roadside almost round the clock and it is sometimes felt that the taste of street food is better than restaurants in the city. Many Mumbaikars like a small snack on the road in the evening. People of Mumbai cut across barriers of class, religion, gender and ethnicity are passionate about street food. Street food vendors are credited by some for developing the city’s food culture. Street food in Mumbai is relatively inexpensive as compared to restaurants and vendors tend to be clustered around crowded areas such as colleges and railway stations.
Basically this is a sandwich with generous amount of butter, Green chutney, and veggies like tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers. I have given it a touch of mine, as I felt that placing blant potatoes does not create any excitment as per Indian flavors. Green chutney is the main flavor enhancer in this sandwich. So I wanted to add some colors to this dish and make the hero of this dish, potato, a real hero.
Instead of boiling the potatoes, peeling and slicing it, I mashed it up and sauteed it in ghee along with some flavors like cumin powder, chat masala, asafoetida and black salt, which otherwise gets sprinkled on top of the sliced potatoes. I added in cheese for that extra bang which is not there in original recipe.
Butter is generously dabbed on to the bread slices before assembling all the other layers. I avoided that and toasted the sandwich with some butter. This sandwich in its original version is not toasted. I like to create a twist of my own in traditional recipes without the twisting the flavors much. Most of the time it comes out beautifully well balanced creations hitting the right notes.
The potato filling and green chutney can be made in advance and stored in fridge. You just need to assemble the sandwich in the morning. I layered it with cucumber and onions. Original recipe calls for tomatoes as well. Since ketchup is used generously, I omitted the tomatoes. A filling sandwich which can be had for afternoon tea too.
Heat a pan and add a tablespoon of ghee. Add the mashed potatoes.
Fry till fragrant
Mix up with Asafoetida. Mash up thoroughly without any lumps
Warm up for couple of minutes. Switch off the stov.
Incorporate everything until blended with spice powders. Set aside
Add all the ingredients given under chutney to a grinder.
Grind everything into a smooth fine Chutney.
Take the bread slices. Spread the Green chutney on one slice tomato Ketchup on other slice.
Spread the Potato filling on top of the chutney.
Place some Onions. Sprinkle Cheddar Cheese on top. Cover with the slice smeared with tomato ketchup.
Heat pan. Place the sandwich in the pan.
Apply some butter. Toast as per your preference
Flip and repeat the same procedure