If you haven’t heard about our Alphabet Cooking from her on her post, let me tell you right away. We decided to churn out something in our kitchens every week. Condition: We follow the alphabetical order. We thought we would make something new, some long forgotten cherished recipe , something that we enjoy making and so on! We may even make the same dish. Cool, right? Yeah, I know.
I decided to go A for Aloo sandwiches, the Bombay style. I have heard a lot about Bombay street food from K. K was in Mumbai for a major part of his life while I have been there for a week for some study related conference and came back without trying even vada pav. Ya, can you believe it? And to make up for it, I had vada pav on the train.Anyway, there is always time to set things right to some extent.
And that’s how the aloo sandwich was made after reading some recipes online. Lots of memories+nostalgia+longing +excited shopping for ingredients + punching out earlier from work to come home and them+ the excitement of the alphabet week = aloo sandwich. If you have even one of the above, the below procedure is a cakewalk. Don’t let the picture deceive you but instead understand the spirit behind it. It s because I didn’t have the patience to click a good one.
A) For the chutney:
- Mint leaves ( about ½ cup)
- Corriander leaves (1 cup)
- Ginger (1/2 inch piece)
- Black salt ( as per your preference)
B) For the filling:
- Potatoes ( I used about 4 medium, but you can also roll by “the more, the merrier”)
- Onion (1 medium size)
- Tomato (1 small – medium size)
- Turmeric powder (a pinch)
- Green chilly chopped finely (1)
- Curry leaves (1/2 sprig) optional
- Cumin seeds (1/4 teaspoon)
- Mustard seeds (1/4 teaspoon)
- A few chopped coriander leaves
- Red chili powder ( ¼ teaspoon) optional
- Salt to taste
- Oil (1 – 2 tablespoons depending on your diet)
- 8 slices of bread – I used a combination of wholemeal and white and we loved wholemeal! So, go wild with the variety.
- A few thin round slices of onions, tomatoes and capsicum
- A stick of butter
- Chaat Masala
- I made the chutney first by just throwing in all the ingredients for chutney into a blender. As simple as that.
- Try some chutney on your finger tips. Boy, they taste good. Taste some more. Do a jiggle wiggle to celebrate the chutney.
- Take a deep bottomed pan and pour some oil. Once that heats up, throw in the cumin and mustard seeds and watch them pop and splutter.
- Add some asafoetida and soak in the aroma that fills your kitchen.
- Add the curry leaves, chopped chilli and onion. This is the smell of early mornings when ma made upma. This smell means everything will be right with the world.
- After the onion turns translucent, add the tomatoes and give it a good toss. Marvel at how they make an awesome pair (onions and tomatoes).
- Add the turmeric powder.
- Add the boiled potatoes and mash them left, right and centre till they are all mixed so well that you can’t tell one from another.
- Add the chopped corriander leaves and salt to taste (remember that the chutney also has black salt)
- Stuffing is done – tada!
Bringing them all together:
- Take a slice of bread and spread some butter on it.
- Spread the chutney (I was generous with the chutney coz’ spicy is the way we roll here)
- Spread the potato mix evenly.
- Add some onion rings, tomato slices. Capsicum slices and give it a small shower with chaat masala.
- Cover this with another slice of bread on which you again spread some butter and some chutney)
- Repeat with all slices and you should have 4 sandwiches ready to be toasted.
- Toast them in your sandwich-maker or pan.
- After toasting, spread some butter on the toasted side and watch it melt while you drool.
- Quickly snap a picture or take a bite and then snap a picture. After eating, you may realise that the picture is blurry because you were obviously in a hurry.
Dip it in ketchup or sauce or whatever floats your boat. That first bite of crunchy outside, warm and soft insides and the heavenly butter will tell you why this street food is so popular. We munched on ours while catching some Fifa moments. Turns out Fifa gets more exciting with this toast.
Want to be covered in more drool? Have you checked out her post yet?