Bombay sandwich from the good ol’ days before grilled cheese-s, Paninis and subs; just how mom made it with a generous application of creamy homemade butter, minty green chutney and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. Did your face just break into a smile? Yes! Mine did as I was typing it too! 🙂

no heat sandwich

Have you ever made up ridiculous stories about true facts? Like this one; long, long ago, when my dad was driving our reliable Maruti Omni (popularly known as the Maruti van), my brother and I were proudly occupying the rear seat.  Proud? But, of course!  We were in a car people! Agreed it was no Mercedes but it was nothing short of the feel either 😀 My innocent younger brother asks me with wonder in his eyes the reason that the moon is always right with our car. The smart mouth that I am, I told him that dad had bought the moon. That it was legit, you could own a share of the moon’s light by paying some money to the government. That way, the government would fix it such that the moon always followed your car.

Bahaha 😀 My brother bought it! I cannot recollect the day he fought with me because I had fooled him into believing it but I sure remember the day when I cooked that story up, all by myself.

Tea sanwiches

Alright, here is how the Bombay sandwich came into existence. Loaves of bread as such cannot be traced in Indian history up until the British arrived and colonized the country. Now, the tea drinking, finger-sandwich eating British went so bananas as to add a whole new ingredient to their sandwiches, the Indian chutney! Wild, huh? 😀 Since Bombay (now, Mumbai) was one of the first cities to be colonized the chutney sandwich recipe spread like wild fire from there and started to be called by the name “Bombay sandwich”.

Cucumber sandwiches

Years later, moms all over India still made the Bombay sandwich with their evening chai. Just as kids came home from school, they grabbed a Bombay sandwich or as they fondly called it, mom’s chutney sandwich…. Until their lives were colonized by grilled cheese-s, paninis and subs!

Bombay Sandwich, finger sandwiches

Guys that story about the origin of Bombay sandwich is probably as true as the story of my dad buying the moon but it has some serious “Prash logic” to it! 😀

Bombay Sandwich for teatime

Enjoy your tea with this recipe for:

Bombay Sandwich


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2-4


No cook, made with fresh veggies, butter and a green chutney, this Bombay sandwich


  • 1/2 cup Sandwich Chutney (Recipe here)
  • 2-3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Sliced Cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Sliced Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Red onion / Red cabbage
  • Salt and pepper (or chili flakes)
  • A loaf of sliced sandwich bread


  1. Cook the potato slices by adding them to salted boiling water or pan roasting them with a tsp of oil. I like pan roasting them because they become crunchy and offer a great texture contrast with every bite of the sandwich. Set aside.
  2. Spread the sandwich chutney (Recipe here) on one slice and butter on another.
  3. Layer the sliced cucumbers and tomatoes on the slice smeared with chutney. Sprinkle some pepper and a few salt crystals just to season the tomatoes.
  4. Layer the crispy potatoes and onions/cabbage.
  5. Cover with the buttered slice of bread.
  6. Repeat with all the other slices of bread.
  7. Cut into triangles and serve with tea.

My Take:

You could add some sweet tamarind chutney/sauce over the veggie slices. It lends a unique flavor to the sandwiches.

Skip the butter for a Vegan sandwich

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  1. Ha ha… what a fun story! I have never used crispy potato slice in sandwiches, sounds like a fun addition!
    There is a lot of British and Portuguese influence on the food in Kolkata as well.. the history is so fascinating!

    • Oh! Crispy potato slices are go good! You can also try potato chips instead. Just wow! Thanks Sarani 🙂

  2. Its been ages I had these sandwiches. My memory of this sandwich lingers around the train trips from North to South during my childhood days. It was perfect for the hot summers in North India.

  3. Love these! They remind me of Tramezzini (Italian.) Gotta make that chutney!

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  5. This green chutney recipe is awesome. For years I have been trying different combinations, never got it right. Thank you so much for sharing a simple yet very nice recipe.

  6. I loved reading the anecdotes about your father’s stake of the moon and of course the origin and nostalgia of “mom’s green chutney” (as you’ve rightly pointed out) how it is most probably commonly known. Thanks also for the recipe of the chutney – that’s how I ended up on your page and read this post-looking for “mom’s green chutney”!! Will be trying it out ASAP

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