I need not give any introduction to the famous 'Bombay Masala Toast' . I know that people who have tasted it in the Streets of Mumbai will swear by it's taste. The finesse of the Sandwich Bhaiyyas( as they are lovingly called) is a treat to watch. With limited ingredients and a hand toaster , they dish out hundreds of sandwiches a day.
The 'Masala' in the toast is made up of boiled potatoes, sometimes mixed with carrots and peas. They are spiced with the Indian masalas and are teamed with a Spicy Green Chutney , generous amounts of butter and freshly cut vegetables. They are toasted over direct flame to a golden brown toast and are served hot on neatly cut newspapers along with sprinkles of nylon sev and drizzle of tomato ketchup.
I did not have a hand toaster, so made this toast on the Skillet. I am planning to buy a hand toaster soon, to get more authentic taste.
This can easily be a great evening tea time snack or can be packed for lunch box or picnics.
Bombay Style Masala Toast :
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 25 minutes
Yield : 4 sandwiches
Special Equipment / Vessel : Hand 'Sandwich Maker'/Gas' toaster' OR Pan Cake Skillet
8 bread slices ( cutting the corners is optional)
3 tablespoons butter ( salted)
1 teaspoon chaat masala
3 tablespoons of Bombay Green Chutney
1 onion ( sliced thinly or into roundels/rings)
2 tomatoes ( deseeded and cut into thin roundels)
1 beetroot ( boiled and cut into thin roundels,optional)
1 capsicum ( sliced thinly or roundels)
For the Masala:
4 medium sized potatoes ( peeled, boiled and roughly mashed)
1/4 cup peas ( boiled)
small bunch of cilantro ( finely chopped)
2 green chillies + 1 garlic pod ( make a coarse paste using mortar and pestle)
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
a pinch of garam masala (optional)
a pinch of asafoetida
1 teaspoon oil
salt to taste
For Garnish :
Nylon Sev / Dressing Sev
1. In a pan, heat oil over low flame and add the boiled peas and saute' it for half a minute.
2. Add the mashed potatoes, turmeric powder, asafoetida, chilli powder, chilli- garlic paste, garam masala, salt and mix well over medium flame.
3. Add the freshly chopped cilantro and switch off. Your masala is ready.
4. Prepare your green chutney .
5. Grease the hand sandwich maker ( if you are using one) or keep a greased skillet over low flame.
6. Spread a layer of butter, green chutney and 'masala on one side of bread.
7. Top it with sliced vegetables,sprinkle chaat masala and cover it with another bread layered with butter and green chutney ( optional).
8. Place it inside the sandwich maker , or the skillet.
Tip: You can grease the top of the bread with butter again for more crunchy taste.
9. Allow the bread to brown on both sides, remove the toast.
10. Spread butter on hot toast, cut it into quaters and garnish with sev and ketchup
Serve hot to your family, friends and guests . It is sure to bring you loads of compliments.