Desi Masala Tava Sandwich and Green Coriander Chutney


A quick breakfast fix, a mid-afternoon hunger pang or a spicy crunchy treat with the evening chai or coffee- this ‘ Jugaad’ masala sandwich is a boon! My Mom made this at least one Sunday a month when we were little and in that this is a nostalgia-evoking too!
No grill or sandwich maker needed, the good old griddle/ tawa works beautifully!
The’ tadka’ of teekha green chutney, farsaan/ bhujiya and chopped tomato, hari mirch, hara dhaniya and amul butter- that’s it! Sorted!
Paired with lemon tea, it’s full mazaa! Sheer joy!

It is a liberal sort of recipe. Throw together ingredients of your choice, play around with them because you cannot go wrong with this one!


What I do is
Chop and mix
2 tomatoes
1 large green chilly (moti hari mirch, which gives great flavour but not as much heat as the little ones. Add some little green ones for added heat and the ‘sii sii’  inducing fun!)
A bunch of fresh cilantro/coriander/hara dhaniya
(Add sprouted beans/onions/cabbage/ whatever salad veggies you like)
A handful of mixed farsaan/mixed namkeen/bhujiya/Indian savoury mixture (store bought)
Add the farsaan right before you are going to tava roast the sandwich to keep the farsaan from getting soggy.
I don’t add salt as the farsaan and the teekha green chutney/spicy coriander spread takes care of the salt content.

For the green chutney chop , mix and grind in the mixer
A bunch of coriander/cilantro/hara dhaniya
1 tomato, chopped chunky
1 large green chilly (or 2 small hot ones)
1 medium onion, chopped chunky
½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
1 tsp salt (less or more as per taste)
½ tsp Garam Masala
A small pinch sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Assembling the sandwich
Heat the tava/griddle
Take some fresh white bread (Can use brown or multigrain)
Spread Amul butter (that’s my choice, you may use any- even home-made white butter) on one slice and the green chutney on the other.
Add the farsaan to the vegetable mix and sandwich it between the two slices.
Melt some butter on the tava and roast the sandwich from both the sides, pressing it down with the bottom of a glass or a paratha presser.
Take off the griddle and enjoy hot and crisp with more chutney!

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