Bombay masala toast is a classic street food in Mumbai that can be found at just about any kiosk. Similar to pav, another type of street food sandwich, Bombay masala toast is a delicious sandwich comprised of lip-smacking curried potatoes stuffed between the two slices of bread which are smeared with butter and tantalizing green chutney. This is a classic, crispy, tasty, and a quick snack or lunch.
Bombay Masala Toast: Curried Potato Sandwich [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
For the Sandwich Masala:
- 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 4-5 cloves
- 1-2 cinnamon stick
- 6-7 black peppercorns
- 1 star anise
- 2 teaspoons black salt
- Salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon amchoor (dried mango powder)
For the Spicy Potato Stuffing:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 3-4 finely chopped green chilis
- 1 1/2 cups boiled, peeled, and mashed potatoes (about 4 medium-sized potatoes)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon coriander powder
- Salt, to taste
- Chopped coriander leaves
For the Sandwiches:
To Make the Sandwich Masala:
- Heat a pan, and add the cumin seeds, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, cinnamon, and black peppercorns, and dry roast on a low heat for 3-4 minutes. Let it cool.
- Grind it well to make a fine powder.
- Add black salt, dried mango powder, and salt to it. Mix well.
- Sandwich masala is ready. You can store it in an airtight container.
To Make the Potato Stuffing:
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan.
- Add mustard seeds. When it start to crackle, add green chili and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add coriander powder and turmeric powder and sauté low heat for about a minute.
- Add mashed potatoes, salt, and chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
- Let it sauté on a low heat for about 3-4 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and keep this stuffing aside for about 7-8 minutes.
To Make the Sandwiches:
- Spread butter evenly on 4 bread slices.
- Spread some green chutney on 2 bread slices. You can also spread chutney on all slices.
- Spread the potato stuffing on 2 bread slices.
- Top with onion slices, tomato slice, and cucumber slices.
- Sprinkle with some sandwich masala powder.
- Cover with the 2 bread slices and press them lightly. You can also apply some butter on both sides of the sandwiches.
- Toast the sandwiches in a sandwich maker as per the manufacturer’s instructions or grill them until they are nice, crisp and golden.
- Repeat the same with remain bread slices.
- Spread some butter on top of the hot sandwiches.
- Sprinkle with some sev and serve hot with tomato ketchup or green chutney.
You can find amchoor powder, sev, and other ingredients at any well-stocked Indian grocery.