Bombay Grilled Sandwich is Indian street food made with chutney, butter, veggies, cheese, and chat masala.
I had my very first Bombay Sandwich in Mumbai. I was in Mumbai for a friend’s wedding and we went shopping at Friendship Boutique in Santa Cruz.
There was a sandwich guy making the most delicious sandwiches outside the boutique. You know in India, you can shop and eat at the same time with no issues. Lol. Needless to say, I was in heaven because the food in India is pure heaven.
In any case, I had my first Bombay Sandwich in Santa Cruz and it was absolutely delicious. I had to open up the sandwich to dissect it and replicate it.
Indian Street Food is pure comfort. A Bombay Grilled Sandwich is a must when it comes to street food.
What is Bombay Grilled Sandwich?
A Bombay Grilled Sandwich – also known as Mumbai Sandwich is an Indian Sandwich that is especially popular in the streets of Mumbai.
This famous Indian Street Food is made with chutney, butter, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cheese, and chat masala. On occasion, I’ve also seen the addition of beets and green bell peppers on these sandwiches.
Although the sandwich sounds basic, the combination of all the veggies, cheese, chutney, and butter is delectable. Trust me!
Ingredients for Bombay Grilled Sandwich
Bread: If you prefer a grilled sandwich, then use sourdough bread. If you prefer a sandwich that’s not grilled, then use soft white bread.
Veggies: Tomato, Onions, Cucumber, Potatoes.
Cheese: Any cheese that melts well will work in this recipe. I used white Mexican cheese, you can use Mexican cheese blend, Cheddar Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese, or even Amul Cheese.
Chat Masala: You need chat masala or sandwich masala in this recipe. Both work.
Butter: Butter makes this sandwich so delicious. Definitely don’t skip.
Cilantro Chutney: A must-have. This is what makes the sandwich desi, in addition to chat masala.
Bombay Grilled Sandwich is:
Classic Indian Sandwich
Indian Street Food
Vegan option (see notes)
Gluten-free option (see notes)
How to make Bombay Sandwich recipe step by step?
Tips on making Bombay Grilled Sandwich:
- Make sure you boil the potatoes. You can microwave the potatoes, but boiling them tastes better.
- Thinly slice the potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.
- You can use either chat masala or sandwich masala in this recipe.
- You do need a generous amount of butter when making a Bombay Sandwich.
- Be sure to use either sourdough bread or a classic white sandwich bread for this recipe.
- Grill each side of the sandwich for 5 minutes on low heat.
- Cut sandwich into fours. Serve with ketchup or red chili sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I make this recipe vegan, gluten-free?
for vegan: Replace the butter and cheese with vegan butter and vegan cheese. Alternatively, you may skip the cheese completely and use oil in place of butter.
for gluten-free: Use gluten-free bread instead of regular sourdough bread.
2. Grilled Bombay Sandwich vs. No Grill
I like to grill my Bombay Sandwich, however you have the option to not grill the sandwich. If you choose not to grill it, for the best results make sure you use a soft white bread instead of sourdough
3. What other veggies can I add to this Indian Vegetarian Sandwich?
To make Bombay Sandwich even heartier, you can add sliced beets and sliced green peppers – I’ve had both variations.
4, Do I need to use Sandwich Masala for this sandwich?
Instead of Sandwich Masala, I just use Chat Masala which is quite similar. You can certainly buy Sandwich Masala from the Desi Store – I’ve seen it numerous times.
More Sandwich Recipes!
- Spinach Chutney Cheese Toastie
- Masala Corn Spinach Toastie
- Tomato Onion Pepper Cheese Toastie
- Jalapeno Popper Garlic Bread
- Tea Party Sandwiches (Indian-inspired)
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Bombay Grilled Sandwich
- 12 slices sourdough bread
- 1 tbsp butter, per sandwich more if needed
- spoonfuls cilantro chutney 4 tsp per sandwich
- 2 russet potatoes boiled & thinly sliced
- 2 plum tomatoes thinly sliced
- 1 cucumber thinly sliced
- 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 2 cups Mexican white cheese 1/3 cup per sandwich
- to taste chat masala
- Chat masala
- Boil 2 potatoes.
- In the meantime, make the Cilantro Chutney.
- Peel the potatoes. Thinly slice the potatoes, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes.
- Take 2 slices of sourdough bread (white bread works too). Spread a generous amount of butter on each slice of bread.
- Top with a layer of chutney.
- Top one slice of bread with potatoes followed by chat masala.
- Now top with tomatoes.
- A generous amount of cheese and chat masala.
- Add sliced cucumbers.
- Top with onion and more chat masala.
- Close sandwich.
- Heat up a grilled castiorn skillet for 5 minutes on low heat.
- Once hot place the sandwich on the skillet.
- Spread butter on top or spray a little avocado oil. Cook for 5 minutes on one side.
- Flip. Spread butter on top or spray a little avocado oil on this side. Cook on the other side for 5 minutes.
- Flip again. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Slice sandwich in half.