vegetable & chutney sandwich

June  7, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Makes 2
Author Notes

Of all the street vendors in Mumbai, these were the guys who had the least set up overhead. No kerosene stoves, cast iron cauldrons, no cooking oil, they would just set up in less than 30 minutes and get started. Of course This made it easier to clear up & vamoose when the cops & the municipality truck came around chasing the unlicensed vendors away. The vendor usually had an assistant fanning a coal fired stove or 'sigri' used to make a grilled version of the sandwich.

The only tool used is an ultra sharp knife fashioned out of a hacksaw blade, (with 2 strips of bamboo held together with wire as the handle) with which the vendor slices the vegetables, paper thin, directly onto the sandwich. The same knife is used to cut the sandwich into 6 (yes, not four, not eight) pieces. Served on squares of the wax paper that the bread was wrapped in. Ketchup to be added as per the customers preference. —Panfusine

What You'll Need
  • Basic cilantro & mint chutney
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves (packed)
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves (packed)
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste
  • Sandwich
  • 4 slices good white sandwich bread
  • Salted butter as required (softened)
  • coriander and mint chutney
  • 1 large russet potato boiled and peeled
  • 2 vine ripened or heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 kirby cucumber (peeled) or English hothouse cucumber
  • 1 beet root boiled & peeled
  • 1 vidalia onion (optional)
  • Salt & pepper mixed together
  • Squares of wax paper for serving
  1. Basic cilantro & mint chutney
  2. Add all ingredients into a food processor using no added water and grind into a fine paste.
  1. Sandwich
  2. Using a mandoline or a really sharp knife, slice the cucumber, tomatoes & onion just prior to assembling the sandwich. Slicing the potato & beets when they're completely cooled makes it a lot easier and allows for really thin slices.
  3. Cut off the crusts from the bread. Spread on the butter, followed by the chutney on both the slices. Set the top slice aside.
  4. Place a single layer of potato on the bread. Season with the salt/pepper powder. Repeat with layers of onion (if using), followed by thin slices of the vine ripened tomatoes (the best sandwich 'wallas' heap a whole tomato for one sandwich!) Continue with a layer of cucumber slices and finish with a layer of thinly sliced beetroot. Season with salt & pepper.
  5. Place the second slice of bread over, press lightly with the palm of your hand & cut into six pieces. Slide onto wax paper, wrap until ready to eat. serve with tomato ketchup.

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  • susan g
    susan g
  • boulangere
  • Panfusine
  • lorigoldsby
A biomedical engineer/ neuroscientist by training, currently a mommy blogger on a quest for all things food - Indian Palate, Global perspective!

10 Reviews

susan G. June 7, 2011
Now we need a slide show format, food52!
susan G. June 7, 2011
susan G. June 7, 2011
I'm enjoying you entries and I want to make them all. And this chutney looks like it'll be useful, just like "sauce American." The vivid description of the context brings them to life.
Panfusine June 7, 2011
Thanks Susan g.. it was really fun making this step by step, wiping my hands & taking pics before resuming again.. before scarfing it down for lunch, never gave a thought previously to how much veggies were in the dish!
boulangere June 7, 2011
I'd give just about anything to be able to eat my way across India with you and PaulJoseph.
Panfusine June 7, 2011
Well, if you're ever in the east coast, you have an open lunch invitation for good ol home cooked food! I'm actually making this for lunch to take pictures for the recipe. Just done with the chutney & the root veggies are cooking away on the stove!
boulangere June 7, 2011
Eagerly awaiting a photo. . . .
Panfusine June 7, 2011
here they are!
lorigoldsby June 7, 2011
I want to be on that trip! I will schlep suitcases, carry water bottles and cameras, etc. Just promise me that i can eat like this everyday!
Panfusine June 7, 2011
LOL!! Absolutely.. As the ancient Sanskrit saying goes 'Athithi Devo Bhava' (a guest is God in disguise & should be revered as such!)..