Appetizers, Breakfast Dishes, Capsicum, Sandwiches, Uncategorized

Bombay Sandwich

If you have been to Mumbai aka Bombay, then you have most likely not missed this Indian street delicacy. Indian street food is a classic experience on its own, cheap, delicious and quick, the three factors that make street food so popular in India. Not to mention every state and every city boasts of its own delicacies…Chole kulche and the chaats of Delhi, Jhaal muri, Puchkas and Kolkata Egg rolls of Kolkata, Pohe, Jalebi and Kachoris of MP and Rajasthan, Kotthu Parota and Idlis of Chennai, Masala Dosas, Masala Puri and Akki Rotti of Bangalore and the list goes on and on. The list is endless actually πŸ™‚

Mumbai, I would say started out as the capital of street food. There are the chaat varieties such as bhel puri, dahi puri, kachori, dahi puri and sev puri, the vada pav and pav bhaji, the kebabs and chicken tikka rolls, the sandwiches and endless list of milk shakes.

A long time back when I had visited Mumbai for a small medical procedure at Nanavati hospital I stayed with a family friend of ours. It was a longer stay than a typical vacation. On a cool breezy evening I remember going out shopping and stopping to grab a bite somewhere near the VT train station. That was my first experience of this amazingly delicious fresh veggie sandwich. What’s more, the sandwich wallah bhaiyya (brother who made sandwiches) was kind enough to customize my sandwich for me. Ever since I have eaten this sandwich multiple times, but somehow that first experience still stays fresh in my mind.

Recreating this magic today in my kitchen, far away from Mumbai πŸ™‚

Delicious Bombay Veggie Sandwich

You will need:
2 Slices of Bread (Here I have used wheat bread, you can use a bread of your choice, white sandwich bread works best)
Butter for toasting
Green Chutney
Tomato Slices
Bell Pepper or Capsicum Slices
Potato Slices (Boil the potato, peel and slice into thick slices)
Cucumber slices
Onion slices
Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Sev for garnishing

The pictures are self descriptive. Once you have the green chutney ready and the veggies sliced, all it takes is 5 minutes to put it together.

For the green chutney:
Green Chutney – Combine 1 bunch of Mint leaves, a handful of Spinach leaves, 1 bunch Cilantro, 1 medium tomato, 1 small onion, 1 small Garlic(optional), 15 to 20 green chillies, ginger and salt to taste. Blend into a smooth paste and keep aside. This green chutney stores in the refrigerator for atleast 1 week.

1. Butter the insides of 2 slices of bread and spread the green chutney evenly on the insides. Layer tomatoes and cucumbers.

2. Then layer with, sliced bell pepper, boiled potato slices, onions and chopped cilantro.

3. Close with the other slice, spread some butter or ghee on the top of the sandwich and toast in a panini press or a sandwich maker. If you don’t have either gadget you can toast on a griddle or tava. Toast both sides until golden brown.

4. Serve hot topped with sev and ketchup (optional).

Simple and delicious Bombay sandwich, great for an evening snack or dinner is ready!!


Happy cooking all!!

Found this interesting article called “A day in the life of a Mumbai Sandwichwallah“. It’s amazing how hard people work. You will never see this kind of customer service and business precision in any large corporation!! Hope you enjoy reading this article!

Also, you might like other sandwich recipes on my blog:
Grilled Veggie Sandwich
Iyengars Bakery Style Sandwich
Paneer and Potato Paninis

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Appetizers, Breakfast Dishes


If you are from Bangalore and do not live there anymore then most likely you absolutely miss eating this Iyengar’s Bakery style “Sandwich”. A very popular quick snack, this sandwich can satisfy hunger pangs in a jiffy! Not to mention that it is so light on the pocket… This simple sandwich can be eaten anytime of the day i.e Breakfast, Evening snack, Lunch box for kids or sometimes I even serve it for a quick light dinner!! So simple to put together, you cannot go wrong with this!!

DSC_0310You will need (Serves 1):
2 Small Onions/Shallots – Peel, wash and chop thin slices lengthwise
1 Small Tomato – Wash and chop into cubes
1 Green chilli – Wash and chop fine
Fresh coriander/Cilantro – Chop fine
2 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Red Chilli powder / Curry Powder / Sambar Powder (use any one of these, just adds flavor)
Bread – 2 slices

1. Chop all veggies and keep ready.

DSC_02932. In a pan heat the oil. For this recipe, stove needs to be on medium to high heat. Add the chopped onions, tomatoes and green chillies all at once. Saute on high. Add turmeric powder.

DSC_02943. Add Chilli powder/ Curry powder and salt and saute for 3 to 5 minutes.


DSC_02964. Mix well. Add chopped cilantro and mix. Turn of the stove.


Onion/Tomato Spread
Onion/Tomato Spread

6. Meanwhile toast the bread slices with just a little butter on both sides until golden brown. Spread the above onion-tomato mixture on one slice.

DSC_03047. Spread on the other slice and serve both as open sandwiches.

DSC_0310Delicious Iyengar’s Bakery style Sandwich is ready to be served!!

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Noodles, Sandwiches, Snacks

Quick Dinners – Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches, Guacamole and Vegetable Noodles

It has been a pretty hectic week in our household, what with parent teacher conferences, school, extra curricular activities and work! Working in a much globally connected world is good and bad! Good because you get toΒ socially connect with anyone, anywhere at anytime…and bad because then you have to work at all odd hours to accomodate multiple timezones 😦 And all that translates to -Take outs and Quick fix dinners πŸ™‚

Here are a couple of quick fix dinners that have been cooking at my home this past week:

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

Delicious Grilled Veggie Sandwiches
Delicious Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

This is a version of what I learnt from my Delhi/Noida days. Noida is popular for the little “Sandwich/Maggi Noodle” Roadside carts that is typically located outside office or college buildings. I have not seen these little carts/roadside vendors in any other part of india. On a cold Delhi winter day, a hot veggie sandwich or a plate of spicy hot maggi noodles with plenty of vegetables is divine. Just standing by the carts watching the “Maggi waala Bhaiya” (translating to “Brother who makes Maggi” in Hindi πŸ™‚ ) make these yummy sandwiches, I soon picked up the recipe and tried it at home. My family loved it and ever since, it has been a regular on our dinner menu!

For the sandwiches:
2 cups of Mixed Vegetables – I use shredded cabbage, grated carrots, chopped tomatoes, chopped bell pepper/capsicum, chopped onions.


Green Chutney – Combine a handful of Mint leaves, Spinach leaves, Cilantro, 1/2 a tomato, 1 small onion, 1 small Garlic(optional), green chillies, ginger and salt to taste. Blend into a smooth paste and keep aside. This green chutney stores in the refrigerator for atleast 1 week.


In a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. On high heat, add the chopped veggies all together. Stir fry on high for 2 minutes. Add salt to taste, pepper to taste and 1/2 tsp of the above green chutney. Mix well. Stir fry for another minute. Turn off the stove and keep aside.




To assemble: Take 2 slices of bread (I use honey wheat, you may use a bread of your choice). Spread green chutney on the insides. Place 1 tbsp of stir fried veggies on one slice. Sprinkle with grated cheese (optional). Cover with the other slice and grill the sandwich using a panini press/sandwich maker. Alternatively, you can grill on a hot griddle or tava. Grill both sides until golden brown. You may use butter to grill, it will make the sandwich tastier πŸ˜‰




Tasty Grilled Veggies Sandwiches
Tasty Grilled Veggies Sandwiches

I just realized that we buy and go through a lot of Avocadoes at home! Typically we use it in smoothies or sandwiches, but ever so often we make fresh guacamole at home and that is so delicious. Very simple and easy to make.


Yummy Guacamole
Yummy Guacamole

Combine the inside of a whole Avocado with 1/2 a chopped tomato, 1 small garlic (optional), 1 small chopped onion, cilantro, 1 chopped green chilli, salt to taste and some lemon juice. Using a mortar and pestle combine all of the ingredients into a thick paste that is coarsely mashed together. Alternatively you can use a food prrocessor and pulse all of the ingredients together. Remove into a serving bowl and serve fresh with chips on the side.

Sandwiches, Chips and Guacamole – A wholesome, delicious combination for a weekday dinner!

Tasty Sandwiches, Blue Tortila Chips and Fresh Guacamole :-)
Tasty Sandwiches, Blue Tortila Chips and Fresh Guacamole πŸ™‚

Diya’s Delicious Spicy Vegetable Maggi Noodles

My daughter Diya is turning out to be an amazing cook. Just the other day when I was too tired she offered to make us spicy vegetable maggi for dinner. Even though I helped her some in cutting and chopping up the vegetables, she pretty much did it all on her own! So here you go..Diya’s special recipe for an Indian Favourite.. Masala Maggi πŸ™‚

1. Chop veggies of your choice. She used Onions, Green chillies, Tomatoes, Bell Pepper and Potatoes (we did not have an carrots or green beans at home).


2. In a pan, heat some oil. Add the chopped onions and green chillies and saute.


3. Add the remaining veggies and saute


4. Add 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp Sambar powder, salt to taste and some garam masala powder


5. Saute until well blended


6. Add 3 cups of water and cook the veggies for a few minutes


7. Add the Maggi Seasoning and allow to boil for a minute or two


8. Add the Maggi Noodles and boil. Mix well and cook for about 3 minutes.


9. Garnish with Chopped Cilantro

DSC_043110. And serve hot πŸ™‚

Spicy Vegetable Maggi Noodles
Spicy Vegetable Maggi Noodles



Happy Weekend Folks!