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! 🙂
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.
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”.
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!
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! 😀
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