We all know how important breakfast is. It is the most important meal of the day and one which you should not miss however how many of us actually never leave our home without eating a hearty breakfast? My hubby never used to eat anything in the morning. He would get ready and head out to work and then straight away eat his lunch around noon. However things changed after we got married, initially it was tough for me to change this habit as his body was not used to eating food in the morning. He would feel like throwing up and what not but now after 3 years, he never leaves home without having breakfast! Some task that was but I am glad I was able to change him. I have always been a breakfast person and try to come up with new breakfast recipes all the time. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast [other than parathas] are sandwiches. They are so versatile, filling and are ready in few minutes.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite sandwich recipes from India, the famous Bombay Sandwich.
This sandwich is very popular in Mumbai [earlier known as Bombay], one of the biggest cities in the country. Mumbai is the called the city of dreams and it’s where Bollywood is! Anyway back to the sandwich! The specialty of Bombay sandwich is the generous use of sandwich masala in every layer of the sandwich. This masala [masala=spice] is a mix of a number of spices – cumin, black pepper, fennel seeds, clove, cinnamon, star anise, mango powder, black salt and chili. You can make this at home by roasting and then grinding all the spices together but I got it from the Indian store. Either way, Bombay sandwich is incomplete without the sandwich masala.
The sandwich has 2 layers consisting of 3 breads and sandwiched between the layers is tomato, onion, green bell pepper and potato. The popular Bombay sandwich doesn’t actually has cheese nor is it grilled but since I added both, we call this Bombay Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Other than the masala, the other important ingredient of this sandwich is the mint-cilantro chutney. You can easily find it any Indian grocery store or make at home. I used a homemade version which is super simple to make and I shall definitely post the recipe for it soon.
Gather all your ingredients – bread slices, coriander-mint chutney, cheese slices, butter, sandwich masala and rounds of onion, tomato, green bell pepper and boiled potato.
Take 3 bread slices [sorry only 2 in pictures, but you have to take 3] and apply butter generously all over.
Now apply mint-coriander chutney on the 3 bread slices.
Put 2 rounds of onion and 2 rounds of green pepper [capsicum] on the top of 1 bread.
Sprinkle generous amount of sandwich masala on top of it.
Cover this layer with the 2nd bread, with the chutney side facing up. Place 2 slices of tomato and 2-3 potato rounds on top of the 2nd bread.
Sprinkle generous amount of sandwich masala on top the potato slices.
Place a cheese slice on top of it now. I used Amul cheese because we are used to the flavor from India. You can use any slice of your choice.
Place the 3rd bread on top of this now with the chutney side facing down. Your sandwich is now ready to be grilled. Press lightly to seal the sandwich nicely.
I made 2 sandwiches, using 6 bread slices. You can see I trimmed off the edges in one of the sandwiches, you can do whatever you prefer.
Heat your grill pan on medium heat. Apply butter generously on top of both the sandwiches and once the pan is hot, place the sandwiches on the pan with the buttered side facing down. As the sandwich grills from one side, apply butter on the side facing up.
Once the 1st side is nice and brown and you see grill lines, flip the sandwich to grill the other side. Press down the sandwiches once in while with a spatula.
Delicious Bombay veggie grilled cheese sandwich is now ready to eat. You can serve it with tomato ketchup, I honestly ate it as such. I mean it’s so flavorful, you don’t really need anything else.
* To make these sandwiches healthier, you can use brown whole wheat bread. However I personally feel that this sandwiches tastes best when made with white bread. In fact I only eat whole wheat bread but got the white bread especially for making these sandwiches.
* Try to use thin slices of bread for this recipe. The thick ones don’t work the same way.
* You can add grated cheese in place of the cheese slice.
Bombay Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 6 bread slices
- 3 teaspoon butter some more to toast
- sandwich masala to sprinkle, as required [homemade or store bought]
- 1 small onion cut into thin circles
- 1 potato boiled and cut into rounds
- 1 to mato cut into circles
- ½ big green pepper cut into rounds
- 3-4 tablespoons coriander-mint chutney [homemade or store bought]
- 2 cheese slices [i used amul cheese slice]
- Gather all your ingredients - bread slices, coriander-mint chutney, cheese slices, butter, sandwich masala and rounds of onion, tomato, green bell pepper and boiled potato.
- Take 3 bread slices and apply butter generously all over.
- Now apply mint-coriander chutney on the 3 bread slices.
- Put 2 rounds of onion and 2 rounds of green pepper [capsicum] on the top of 1 bread.
- Sprinkle generous amount of sandwich masala on top of it.
- Cover this layer with the 2nd bread, with the chutney side facing up.
- Place 2 slices of tomato and 2-3 potato rounds on top of the 2nd bread.
- Sprinkle generous amount of sandwich masala on top the potato slices.
- Place a cheese slice on top of it now. I used Amul cheese because we are used to the flavor from India. You can use any slice of your choice.
- Place the 3rd bread on top of this now with the chutney side facing down.
- Your sandwich is now ready to be grilled. Press lightly to seal the sandwich nicely.
- Make 2 sandwiches using 6 bread slices.
- Heat your grill pan on medium heat. Apply butter generously on top of both the sandwiches and once the pan is hot, place the sandwiches on the pan with the buttered side facing down.
- As the sandwich grills from one side, now apply butter on the side facing up.
- Once the 1st side is nice and brown and you see grill lines, flip the sandwich to grill the other side. Press down the sandwiches once in while with a spatula.
- Serve hot with tomato ketchup.
Bombay Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
60 thoughts on “Bombay Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich”
HI Manali –
Wondering how long the boiled potatoes will keep in the fridge. Is there a way to cut up the veggies and keep them ready for the week? Hardly any time during the week with a toddler and shelter at home and work. I was wondering if I could boil the potatoes ahead of time and keep them ready. Could I warm them in the microwave and use them?
yes I would say boil them and don’t peel them. Just keep them refrigerated as such, should be okay for 3-4 days!
Hey! which panini press are you using here or recommend for Indian sandwiches?
Thank you 🙂
I have actually used a grill pan here, no press
Hey Manali,It looks delicious! Which sandwich griller you used for the recipe? It looks perfectly grilled?
hey no griller just a grill pan!
Oh alright! Thanks a lot?
Hii manali di..I just love ur site and u too.I am just a 12 year old girl who loves to cook but her parents does not allow her to touch the gas :(.I tried almost 35 of your recipies and all of them were successful except the rasgullas ( it cracked)..
I love you too dear! Thank you so much for writing in 🙂 I am so happy to hear that you tried 35 of my recipes and wow you are only 12! You are a rockstar, I didn’t even know how to make a sandwich when I was 12! You have to be very careful while you are cooking so listen to your parents 🙂 And don’t worry…rasgulla can be little tricky but you will get it just right with practice! Happy Diwali!! xx
Woah! I’m literally blown away by all of the delicious recipes I’m seeing on your site, Manali! I’m so glad we connected. 🙂 Of course, as soon as I saw this grilled cheese, I had to jump in and learn more about it. This sounds awesome! I didn’t grow up eating much Indian food, so it’s still relatively new to me. (My wife on the other hand LOVES Indian.) A couple of years ago, we had a chance to meet and work with a pretty famous chef who specializes in Indian cuisine. I’ve been saying I want to experiment more, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m thinking your site will definitely inspire me!!
Thank you David for dropping by 🙂 I hope you give Indian food a try, it’s good and I am sure you will love it!
I couldn’t agree with you more about the importance of breakfast! These delicious grilled cheese sandwiches really look like the perfect way to start your day!
Thanks for visiting Sonali..glad you like the sandwich!
what an amazing grilled cheese 😉 looks soooo tasty!
Thank you Michele! it indeed was super tasty!
This is one hearty, satisfying sandwich! I love grilled cheese, and this one is so unique. Pinned!
Thanks Marcie, grilled cheese is my fav too 🙂
I’m also not a breakfast person… Guess that’s what happens when you’re used to waking up at noon! (I work til 11pm so don’t judge me! lol). But this sandwich looks delicious. My husband usually makes me a grilled cheese for breakfast on weekends (when he’s home and has to drive me to work matinee shows) and then he fights with me until I eat it! 🙂 Maybe next time we’ll make this version. Yum!
Aww no judging..you are allowed to wake up by noon..you work so hard, till 11 pm! Woah..I sleep by 10…lol so if I had to do your job I would probably sleep at work..haha… that’s so sweet that your husband makes grilled cheese for you on weekends 🙂
I love how jam packed you with veggies this grilled cheese is! Oh my goodness girl, it’s lunch time here and I totally want this right now! It looks incredible and I am drooling over that mint chutney!
Thanks Kelly! 🙂 It’s one of my fav sandwich!