I miss home! I am sure you would know that by now from my numerous recipes which still have the hint..OK fine..which shout out loud – Mumbai food! But that is the beauty of Indian cuisine. Every city has its own signature dishes, fan following and originality. One such street food from Mumbai is Masala Toast. It’s made with mashed potatoes and spices, then stuffed between bread and grilled with cheese on top. It’s a lip smacking and appetizing snack which can be enjoyed for breakfast or as an evening snack.
If you ever visit Mumbai, just ask someone to take you to the most famous street food joint around. You can taste all kinds of stuff there and you would be amazed at the variety. I have managed to make some of those dishes here. Grill Sandwich, Cheese Corn Toast, Vegetable Frankie, Sukha Bhel, Samosa, Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav to name a few. But nothing beats the taste of it back home. Anyways, today I attempted the famous Masala Toast. While in college, everyday post our lectures, before going home, me and my friends would stop by for a little snack. My friends always ordered the Masala Toast while I stuck to the regular Sandwich. I never had the patience to eat the toast as it was too hot for me. I preferred cold sandwiches. They satisfied my hunger the quickest! Occasionally I would try out the hot Masala Toast after cooling it down completely.
That vendor would serve it on a butter paper with lots of chutney and sauce over it. They would taste so good. Eating outside the college with my friends is one of my fondest memory of growing up ! All those memories came rushing back as I made this dish today. Hence I dedicate this dish to that street food vendor who was always there for us (students), all seasons, day and night. He always fed us well.However what I have done here is changed things a bit. Along with potatoes, I have added mushrooms and black rice just to give an additional flavor and a new taste. I have also served it with a new chutney – Chermoula. Its amazing. Do try it out.
2 boiled potatoes
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
1/4 cup cooked black rice
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilly powder/paprika
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsbp tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
4-6 brown bread slices
slices of cucumber, tomato and onion
1/4 cup Fat free shredded cheese
Sauce and chutney
1 tbsp cooking oil
Wash the mushrooms well.
Using a chopper, finely chop them. I swear by this one. Very efficient and very easy to use and clean – Vidalia Chop Wizard.
Mash the boiled potatoes lightly.
Cook the black rice as per pack instruction and keep it ready.
In a pan, add the oil. Once its warm, temper the cumin and mustard seeds.
Once they crackle, add the garlic, ginger paste, green chillies. Fry them all for a minute.
Now add the onions. Fry till they become translucent.
Add the tomato and salt. Saute for another minute till the tomato is cooked.
Now add the chopped mushrooms.
Saute for another 2 minutes, till mushrooms are done. Add the cooked black rice and chilly powder.
Mix them well and saute for another minute. Now add the tomato sauce.
Saute for 30 seconds and then add the potatoes.
Mix it all well together. Check and salt if required. Saute it for a minute or two. Sprinkle cilantro and take it off the gas. Let it cool a bit.
Meanwhile, apply some Chermoula chutney on all the bread slices.
Also start-up the Griller/Panini Maker. Now place a spoonful of the mixture over the bread.
Arrange the sliced vegetables over it.
Sprinkle some cheese over it.
Close the sandwich with the other bread. Place them in the grill.
Cook it for a minute or two. Once done, take it out carefully.
Cut them into slices, spread some sauce/chutney over it and serve them hot. For those like me who can’t enjoy hot food. Wait, switch on the TV, get your water, set the ambiance, chat with your partner while it cools. then, dig in!
Did I mention that kids love it too. Do let me know how you liked this recipe and share pics of your dishes with me too. I would love to hear back from you. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter to be the first to hear about my latest recipes. You can also follow me on Social Media. Meanwhile, stay safe and happy cooking!
You can use white/brown rice instead of black rice or omit it from the recipe altogether.
Apply some butter on the bread slices before spreading the chutney.