June 3, 2014

Bombay Sandwich | Quick Lunchbox Recipes

School Lunchbox always seems to be a source of stress to moms - working or otherwise. What to pack? Will it remain hot and tasty ? Will my child like it ? Preparing and packing healthy food for kids is a big concern these days. With the advent of Junk food easily available, and pocket money within the means of most kids, working moms (and SAHMs) too get hassled with what to make for about 160-170 school days of the year.

I remember that while we were kids, and further graduated to jobs, there were very simple answers : eat a heavy breakfast and carry curd rice : the South Indian panacea to soothe upset tummies, brave the summer heat and provide a cooling respite to hungry stomachs. So much so, I was nicknamed, albeit for a short while, as "Ms Curd Rice" at my first job. We were neither embarassed to carry rice to school nor bored by the everyday curd rice. Yes, there were exceptions like Lemon Rice, Puliyogare or even Chapati-Bhaji, but curd rice ruled the roost.

Try selling that idea to kids these days : yes, I know you are smiling. Well, this week's Blogging Marathon seems to provide some workable solutions. Let me know how you liked this series with Lunchbox Ideas as my comeback post to Blogging.. Linking this to Jayanti who is hosting Valli's Kids delight Lunch box ideas.

Today's post is a new discovery after my kid started accepting Potato as a vegetable. Sure, she likes her French fries or even wafers ocassionally. But boiled potato in a curry was something she ate grudglingly. I had made a batch of Masala Dosa and the potato curry was left over. It was a weekday where too many errands were beckoning and I made myself this quick Bombay Sandwich (called so, coz its popular in Mumbai where Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji rule). And when I came back to my table after answering a phone call, half my sandwich was missing :)

I knew it was the kiddo who had dug into it, and liked it too ! So, whether you have leftover Potato Bhaji masala or making the filling from scratch, make a batch, and am sure you would love it too ! I used brown bread, but you can use any bread that you and your family prefers. You can grill it on a tava or even use a sandwich toaster. Use ghee or butter sparingly and wrap it in a foil when still warm (and not hot). It remains perfect for a lunchbox treat !

Prep time : 20 mins | Cook / Grill time : 15 mins | Serves : 2

Ingredients :
  • Brown Bread - 4 slices
  • Potato Curry - 1 cup (refer my Masala Dosa post on how to make curry)
  • Green Chutney -  about 1/4 cup
  • Butter / Ghee - to grease (use vegan version if you prefer)

  1. Serving accompaniments : Tomato Ketchup or Green Coriander Chutney
  2. Optional Toppings : Grated processed cheese

Slightly warm the curry if you are using the pre-prepared curry.. Else make the curry as per taste
Cool to room temperature.
Trim bread slices (optional) and butter / grease as per requirements.
Apply green chutney on the slices (a thin layer will do)
Spread the potato curry on one slice and close with the other slice
Grill with additional butter on a hot griddle or a sandwich maker.
Top with cheese if serving immediately or serve with tomato ketchup. 


  1. perfect lunch option. nice and yumm..

  2. This is my survival for breakfast..I might eat halwa poori...but do not feel satisfied without this grilled toast..my favorite..

  3. Well perfect for kids as they never say no for these sandwiches...looks good Kalyani..

  4. Kid's favourite definitely, even i love this potato sandwich, soo tempting;

  5. I like them too just like my daughter...perfect!

  6. will never be tired of this ever...lovely filling

  7. can i take a one piece ............its perfect for breakfast or lunch box

  8. I have heard of friends who love this, never tried it myself. It is so nice to find a lunch option that the kids actually like and ask for.

  9. so interesting how cultural food is. for us in america is not so much worry because kids always bring sandwiches to school as no need to worry about refrigeration or heating - usually cheese or pb&j are what most kids bring to school. Mothers would never think of packing rice for school.

  10. Perfect for the lunch option..yummy

  11. This sandwich would be such a hit with kids.

  12. My daughter is in the same league when it comes to potatoes. It is something she detests though hash browns and French fries are welcome. I thought she was the only person earth who dislikes potatoes. :)

  13. That is one quick and easy sandwich. Looks delicious.

  14. Love it. My go-to sandwich for the family on a week day !


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