Mumbai Sandwich: An Exotic Trip to India with Lunch

Urvashee Patel | Dessarts
Pinit fg en rect red 28

Love a good sandwich? This simple vegetable sandwich from the streets of Mumbai is bursting with flavor.

Bombay Sandwich Photo

When I was much younger, my brother and I spent an entire summer in India with our aunt and uncle in Mumbai while our parents toured Australia. The street food in Mumbai always looked so yummy but we were too scared to eat it.

The preparation methods were a little questionable and fearing food poisoning, we ended up eating at home almost every day. I always thought it was impressive that my aunt never made the same thing twice for dinner all summer long. It was always something good and everything got sprinkled with the freshest most fragrant cilantro you can imagine.

One evening, as she was prepping, I asked what we were having for dinner. “Sandwich,” she says. Surprised, I thought to myself, You eat sandwiches? That's not Indian food. Well, it turns out that this sandwich is a popular Mumbai street food.

Bombay Sandwich Picture

In fact, most people actually call it a Bombay or Mumbai Sandwich. I love a good sandwich. It's one of my favorite things to eat. At the time however, all I knew were PB&J's and cheese sandwiches so I was a little skeptical of these vegetable sandwiches. Still, having a sandwich for dinner was unheard of with my parents, so I was excited.

The verdict? I loved this sandwich! It’s made with fresh cilantro chutney spread on one slice and butter spread on the other. The layers between the bread consist of potatoes, tomatoes, onion and cucumber all seasoned with chaat masala.

Chaat masala is a blend of dried mango powder, black salt, cumin, coriander, dry ginger, asafoetida, and chili powder. Together, it is one tasty combination bursting with flavors and veggies!

Bombay Sandwich Image

My aunt made us some really delicious and fun food to eat that summer. People say street food is never the same when you make it at home, but I was ok with not taking those chances. Besides, I knew she really wanted us to enjoy without worrying we would get sick with our weak American stomachs.

I’m reminded of her every time I make a Mumbai sandwich.  If you enjoy Indian street food like samosas or anything covered with cilantro chutney, you’re going to love this recipe. It makes a great lunch, dinner or snack!

  4 Servings


  • 2 small white potatoes, boiled
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro chutney
  • butter
  • chaat masala spice mix


  1. Cut the potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, and onions into thin slices.
  2. Toast the bread slices.
  3. Spread a tablespoon of green chutney onto each of the four of the bread slices and butter on the other four slices.
  4. Layer slices of potato, cucumber, tomato and onion over the chutney.
  5. Sprinkle with chaat masala.
  6. Cover each with a buttered slice of bread. 


Chaat masala splice blend can be found at Indian grocery stores. You can also serve these sandwiches with a little ketchup.

Rate This Recipe!

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (6 Votes)
Tags: , , , ,

Sign Up for Weekly Personalized Recipes. FREE!

Urvashee Patel

About Urvashee

Urvashee blogs about delectable desserts on her blog, Dessarts. Lucky for us, she's sharing her delectable vegetarian dishes too as a Vegetarian Fanatic.

Around the Web


I was asked to participate in an event last year that was designed to stretch what we knew about Indian food and I was expected to make something for the event. I have a local blogging friend from Indian and she suggested I make a Mumbai sandwich. I'll be honest, it seemed rather dull and way too easy but I accepted her suggestion and am so glad I did. We LOVE these...light, spicy and oh so tasty and all without meat. I don't eat vegetarian but I only eat meat a couple of times a week at most so food like this is perfect. Yours look beautiful!


James's first question: "Where's the carne?". Then I reminded him you're our vegetarian fanatic, and that there is chaat masala on this sandwich. Now he's all about it. Silly guy. Thanks for a great idea for lunch, Urvashee!