Mumbai Vegetable Sandwich with Cilantro Chutney

March 27, 2018
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Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

An immensely popular street food in Mumbai, this sandwich is a mountain of vegetables with an electric undercurrent of cilantro chutney. Bread just happens to be the vehicle for the goodies inside. Feel free to substitute any of the vegetables with greens, radishes, carrots, or roasted eggplant slices. Add slices of fresh mozzarella or Cheddar cheese to the vegetables, griddle the sandwich, and turn it into a panini. —Annada Rathi

  • Makes 1 sandwich
  • For Cilantro Chutney
  • 1 bunch cilantro (including stems)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bird's-eye chili (up to 3)
  • 5 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 handful raw, unsalted peanuts
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water, to facilitate blending
  • For Vegetable Sandwich
  • 2 pieces whole-wheat sandwich bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter, for spreading
  • 3 to 5 pieces cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 to 5 pieces tomato, sliced
  • 3 to 5 pieces Idaho potato, boiled and sliced
  • 3 to 5 pieces beet, boiled and sliced
  • 3 to 5 pieces red onion, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon prepared cilantro chutney
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 pieces sliced Cheddar or mozzarella cheese (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. For Cilantro Chutney
  2. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  1. For Vegetable Sandwich
  2. Spread butter (or, drizzle olive oil), followed by a generous layer of cilantro chutney on two pieces of sandwich bread. Lay them, chutney side up, next to each other on a cutting board.
  3. Now, start piling loads of vegetables on one slice—thinly sliced cucumbers or tomatoes, boiled and sliced potatoes or beets.
  4. Add a slice or two of Cheddar or mozzarella cheese, if desired.
  5. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, and cut it down the middle lengthwise and breadthwise to form 4 pieces. Eat with ketchup.
  6. For a hot sandwich, layer only sliced potatoes and cheese in between two slices of bread with butter and cilantro chutney. And put it in the panini maker till the cheese melts and the sandwich gets a cripsy, brown exterior. Eat with ketchup or cilantro chutney.

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