For the love of sandwiches

I LOVE sandwiches and fix them up at home quite often. I love the versatility of the sandwich – anything and everything can go into it – like bhel poori or aloo poha. I keep experimenting with the fillings that I use in sandwiches and, often, have been surprised by the wonderful taste of some random ingredients thrown together. The OH is not a great fan of sandwiches but, slowly and gradually, he is becoming a convert. πŸ™‚

This post is a dedication to the humble sandwich, which has saved me on many a busy day – offering a quick but tasty bite, sometimes sinful, sometimes healthy. What I am going to do is jot down some of my favourite types of sandwiches.

Here goes:

~ Vegetable sandwich aka Bombay Sandwich

Spread butter evenly on one slice of bread. Spread green chutney* on another slice. On the slice with green chutney, arrange boiled and sliced potatoes, boiled and sliced beetroot, thin slices of cucumber and tomato. Sprinkle some chaat masala on top of the vegetables and add a dollop of tomato ketchup. Close the sandwich with the buttered bread slice.

You can even add sev (omapudi) in the sandwich – sprinkle a bit over the vegetables before adding the chaat masala and tomato ketchup.

~ Corn and cheese sandwich

Spread cheese spread evenly on two slices of bread. On one slice, spread some boiled corn. Sprinkle some chaat masala over it. Cover with the other bread slice.

~ Cheese and jam sandwich

Spread pineapple jam on two slices of bread. Grate a cube of cheese on one slice and cover it with the other.

~ Cheese and chutney sandwich

Spread cheese spread on one slice of bread and green chutney* on the other. Join them together to make a sandwich.

~ Cheese, chutney and jam sandwich

Spread pineapple jam on one slice of bread and green chutney* on the other. Grate a cube of cheese on the slice with green chutney. Cover it with the slice with jam on it.

~ Jam butter masala sandwich

Spread butter on one slice of bread and pineapple/mixed fruit jam on the other. Sprinkle chaat masala liberally over the bread slice with jam. Cover it with the buttered slice of bread.

~ Moong sandwich

Butter one slice of bread, and spread green chutney* on another. On the slice with green chutney, add some moong that has been boiled with a little salt and water. Add a dollop of tomato ketchup over the moong and sprinkle with chaat masala. Cover with the buttered slice of bread. If you wish, you can add finely chopped onion to the moong.

~ Pani poori sandwich

Boil some potatoes with a little salt, and peel and mash them. Boil some red chana as well. Mix together the mashed potatoes, boiled red chana, salt and chaat masala to taste.

Spread green chutney* on a slice of bread, and butter another slice. Spread the potato mixture on the bread with green chutney and add a dollop of tomato ketchup over it. Cover with the buttered slice of bread.

Alternatively, instead of butter, you could spread some tamarind-jaggery** chutney on one slice of bread. The other slice will have green chutney* on it.

~ Aloo mutter sandwich

Boil some potatoes with a little salt, peel and mash them. Boil some green peas with a little salt. Heat a little oil in a pan, add the mashed potatoes and green peas, add salt to taste (if required), a teaspoon of garam masala and turmeric to taste. Mix well and let it cook for about 5-7 mintues. Take off heat, and let the mixture cool.

Spread some green chutney* on one slice of bread, and butter on the other. Spread the potato-peas stuffing on the bread slice with green chutney. Add a dollop of tomato ketchup over the potato stuffing, and cover with the buttered slice of bread.

~ Mixed vegetable sandwich

Finely chop some potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Boil some green peas in a little water. Take a little oil in a pan and heat it. Add the vegetables, boiled peas, salt and sugar to taste, a teaspoon of garam masala and turmeric each and mix well. Cook for about 5-7 minutes. When it is almost done, add a few tablespoons of tomato ketchup to the mixture and mix well.

Butter one slice of bread, and spread green chutney* on another slice. Spread the vegetable mixture on the bread slice with green chutney. Cover with the buttered slice of bread.

~ Club sandwich

Spread green chutney* on one slice of bread, and pineapple jam on another slice. Grate a cube of cheese over the bread slice with green chutney, and cover it with the bread slice with jam. Spread some green chutney on top of this sandwich. Arrange vegetables, tomato ketchup, chaat masala and sev (optional) over it, as in the vegetable sandwich recipe above. Cover this with a slice of bread that has been buttered. Grill the sandwich in a toaster.

~ Open sandwich

Puree about 3 tomatoes and an onion together. Heat a little oil in a pan and add a teaspoon of ajwain (omam). Once it splutters, add the tomato-onion puree to it. Let it cook till the raw smell goes away. Add salt, sugar and red chilli powder to it to taste. Let it cook till the mixture thickens a bit, and add a few tablespoons of tomato ketchup to it. Mix well and take off heat.

Spread this gravy (this is the gravy that I use for home-made pizza too) on a slice of bread. Add some chopped tomatoes, capsicum and onions on top. Grate half a cube of cheese over it, and broil it in the oven for a few minutes. Alternatively, you could also cook the sandwich on a dosa griddle, covered with a lid.

Notes:

*For the green chutney, just grind together a few green chillies and a small bunch of coriander in the mixer.

**For the tamarind-jaggery chutney, soak some tamarind in warm water for about 10 minutes and extract the pulp from it. Heat the tamarind pulp on a high flame till the raw smell goes away. Add jaggery to taste and cook till the mixture thickens a bit. When it is almost done, add about a spoonful of cumin powder to it. Let the chutney cool before using it.

If you are a fellow sandwich lover too, let us rejoice together in the pleasure of this simple treat and, most importantly, let us swap recipes. πŸ™‚

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34 thoughts on “For the love of sandwiches

  1. Awesome recipes…i am gonna try out them…i love sandwiches…just a question..do you use sandwich maker used on gas or the one which runs on electricity??

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    1. @NBose

      Thank you! Do let me know how they turned out. πŸ™‚

      I prefer eating my sandwiches without grilling them, and so does the OH. So most of these recipes can be used without the need for a sandwich maker.

      That said, I do have an electric sandwich maker that I use at times.

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  2. Finally got around to commenting here! You have some interesting recipes here.
    Here’s some more suggestions –
    1. Potato chips sandwiches – bread, butter, crunchy chips.
    2. Maggi sandwich – Add cooked maggie, sauce and toast it a bit.
    3. Cooked veggies sandwich – I like to use frenchbeans or cabbage or even aloo-gobi mashed. You can dress it with some onions, green chillies, coriander, some sandwich masala and some mayonnaise/butter/cheese spread/chutney. Then toast them.
    4. This one is my favourite – small red radishes with some drops of olive oil on ciabatta or any other bread.

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  3. Wow, you sure are a big fan of sandwiches πŸ™‚
    Moong sandwich sounds interesting, i will try it out πŸ™‚
    I add sev to aalu-matar sandwich also (like the university laariwala does in Ahmedabad πŸ™‚ )
    And try this recipe of Farmhouse club sandwich (had it at Ice Station in Hyderabad and as they have kind of open kitchen saw it being made and learnt it πŸ™‚ )
    You need, boiled potatoes peeled and cut in small pieces , tomatoes (finely cut or sliced), onion (Finely cut or sliced), Capsicum (Finely cut or sliced), Cheese grated, Green Chutney, butter and of course bread :).
    Take a slice of bread, apply butter and chutney on it. then put tomato, onion and capsicum on that bread slice.
    Take another slice of bread, apply butter and chutney on both the sides of the slice and cover the 1st bread slice with this one. Now on the 2nd bread slice, put potatoes and grated cheese.
    Take another bread slice, apply butter and chutney on this one as well and cover the sandwich.
    Toast it in OTG or tawa or sandwich maker, a club sandwich is ready in jiffy. you can serve it with Potato chips and Ketchup πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow! that’s a nice, quick to make variety of sandwiches πŸ˜€
    Too good TGND πŸ˜€
    P.S.- as far your Kashmiri dum aloo, did you want a recipe of the ones which are like starters or the one with gravy??

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  5. lovely!! my alltime fav tho is any sandwich with paneer in it πŸ™‚ Those with cheese and any veggie are a hit with my kids.

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    1. @Aparna

      I love paneer only in veggies. πŸ™‚ Airline meals have spoiled my taste for paneer sandwiches. 😦 I can’t seem to eat them without thinking of airline meals. 😦 Maybe I haven’t hit upon the right recipe yet.

      Do try these out, and do let me know how they turned out! πŸ™‚

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  6. Wow. I am bookmarking this post. As SS says, lifesaver. My favourite is peanut butter+banana and aloobhujiya+butter+greenchutney. And the bread besan is eggless french toast.

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  7. this is my kind of post fellow sandwich lover. πŸ™‚
    Here are few I make
    1. tomato cheese
    2. Cheesy garlic bread, open or closed
    3. Mustard and mayo club sandwich
    4. hung curd sandwich
    5. bread besan toast not sandwich exactly but i think you will like it πŸ™‚
    Let me know if you need recipe for any of these. I am gonna try the moong sandwich, great way to incorporate moong me thinks πŸ™‚

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  8. And all I know is bread-butter-sandwich 😦

    When are you opening a food stall πŸ˜›

    This collection is pretty good TGND, am noting down some of them πŸ™‚

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  9. Marry me TGND, marry me…chodi de OH ne..and come to Bombay…

    Now this gives me enough and more recipes for my julie/julia project…

    okie one quick one

    you have left over rajma from the previous day (RD makes in abundance as if he is cooking for a wedding party!) so what we do it, take butter on one side, add the left over rajma to it, add cheese, put butter on the other bread slice and put it over this one, (you can add veggies like tomato if you want) and then toast it in the toaster…viola! you have mexican sandwich..heheeh πŸ™‚

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