Vegetable Masala Sandwich

April 25, 2012mayurisjikoni
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   Sandwiches in any form make a great snack for a peckish tummy, as a light meal at night or a great brunch treat. Can’t imagine what the world would do without the humble bread. Eat it on its own with tea, layer it butter or fill it with vegetables, leftovers, meat, practically anything. This particular recipe I dedicate to Denis, Namrata’s first friend in Bangalore when she started her textile design course at NIFT. We had just moved into a rented apartment near the college and the kitchen was not fully functional. Denis was coming home to help us settle in and the only thing I could make at that time were masala sandwiches and of course we were dying to try out our new sandwich toaster. The number of triangles he went through with the famous maggi sauce left me baffled.Whenever I make these sandwiches I remember him. So Denis this one is for you.

   Masala sandwiches are ever so popular in most Indian homes. When I was young, back then there were no electric sandwich makers. The popular ‘sandwich chamo’ as my mum called it was used. We were a huge family so luckily my mum had 2 of these chamos. I would help her to butter the slices and fill the masala. My mum would then grill the sandwiches over the gas burners. My brother and sister in charge of taking the sandwiches to the table and bringing back the empty plate. 

   When the electric sandwich makers came out, I bought one as with 3 growing kids it was the easiest. Add any filling and a snack would be ready in no time. Nowadays though I have the sandwich maker I still love making them in the sandwich chamo or sandwich maker or toasties as they are called. In India we can get square ones, round ones and also ones with ridges to give that authentic grilled lines on the sandwiches. I usually make these vegetable sandwiches for dinner and serve it with a good helping of salad. One of my all time favorite snacks. 


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Makes 6 sandwiches or 12 triangles

½ cup boiled peas
½ cup peeled and diced carrots
½ cup peeled and diced potatoes
¼ cup cooked corn kernels
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
½ cup finely chopped onions
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
¼  tsp clove powder
1 tsp coriander powder
¼  tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp ginger paste
½ – 1 tsp chilli paste
12 slices of  white or brown bread
butter to spread on the slices

  1. Heat oil in a medium size pan over medium heat. 
  2. Add mustard  and cumin seeds. When it begins to splutter, add the chopped onions.
  3. Stir fry the onions till they are light pink.
  4. Add the carrots, potatoes,salt and turmeric powder. Reduce the heat to a low setting.
  5. Cover the pan and let the vegetables cook till done.
  6. Add the peas, corn, sugar, ginger and chilli paste and mix well. Remove from the heat.
  7. After it cools down a bit, add the fresh coriander,lemon juice, cinnamon, clove and  coriander powder. Mix well. Adjust the taste of the masala according to your taste.
  8. Butter the slices of bread on one side.
  9. Place a slice of bread on each side of the toaster. Put the filling on it. Cover with another slice of bread. Close the toaster. Toast the bread till it becomes light brown. 
  10. Serve the masala sandwich with tomato ketchup, chilli sauce or green chutney.
  • Can use leftover vegetables e.g. dried potato sabji to make these sandwiches. 
  • Using the traditional sandwich maker makes the sandwiches more crunchier.
  • If you add cinnamon and clove powder to vegetables when they are hot, it makes it appear brown. Best to add it when the vegetables are a bit cool.
  • Scraps of bread will be leftover if you’re using the traditional toaster. Make breadcrumbs or stir fry them to make masala bread.
You may want to check out other snacks:
Iyengar Bakery Style Khara Buns
Vegetable Masala Buns
watermelon bruschetta

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  • Lekha Shastry

    May 2, 2012 at 3:44 am

    AH! so cute aunty!

  • Shobha

    February 27, 2018 at 1:48 am

    This post has brought back childhood memories.. those days we did not have any ovens ..this is what we made and enjoyed.

  • Srivalli

    February 27, 2018 at 5:39 am

    That sandwich maker looks cute and I somehow missed owning one myself, though I remember all my friends mom used to have it. Nice reading about Denis, I am sure this is getting redone many times..

  • Priya Suresh

    February 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Thats so cute to read about how you guys have enjoyed those grilled sandwiches when you were young. Even we had some nostalgic moments like this. Those masala sandwiches are super tempting.

  • Usha

    February 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I do remember the stovetop sandwich maker. Even my mom had one. Masala sandwiches make a great snack, yummy!

  • Sapana Behl

    February 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    We had this sandwich maker when we were kids. Nice looking vegetables stuffed sandwiches.

  • Sandhiya

    February 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Sandwich maker looks so cute, this is the first i'm seeing & hearing about it. Sandwiches comes handy for busy morning, love it anytime. Delicious!!!

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    February 27, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I saw that sandwich maker in India when I went last time, I bought it too but I had to leave it there as I airline asked me to leave some stuff or pay for it..:( BTW these vegetable sandwiches look so delicious!

  • Jayashree

    March 1, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I still think that the sandwich makers that are held over the gas burner make the best kind of sandwiches. I haven't seen the round one before – looks cute.

  • Harini R

    March 1, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    OMG! It has been ages since I saw the sandwich maker. So many memories attached to it. You just made my day. Awesome recipe.

  • Padmajha PJ

    March 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    These sandwiches look super good Mayuri. And I am with you on what we would do without bread!!My kids love it in any form, PBJ sandwiches are their fav. though.

  • sushma

    March 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Wow yummy dosh, love the sandwich maker you have.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    March 2, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I want one of those sandwich makers. Those sandwiches looks super cute and the kids would love it.

  • vaishali sabnani

    March 3, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Ah this round toaster looks awesome..I love these toasted sandwiches and inspite of havinfg a regular electric toaster, I love these simple hand held ones.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    March 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Good food, great memories!! Love the sandwich, looks cute in that shape and that filling sounds delicious!!

  • Chef Mireille

    March 22, 2018 at 3:59 am

    love the way the edges get sealed together so it looks like a tart – these although we have them are not as popular and common kitchen use here

  • jayashreetrao

    December 9, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    We used to have that toaster earlier at home, nice share of masala bread. It has the goodness of many veggies and looks delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree. Its my favorite.

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