Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grilled Veg Sandwiches

For me, Sandwiches means, picnics, outings or short travels. During our recent train journey (for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival) I made these grilled sandwiches in a Sandwich toaster and they tasted wonderful. It's a meal by itself.

I am sure everybody will agree with me that there is no comparison to a healthy home-cooked food especially during overnight journeys. I have tried carrying different items for the journey but found that these grilled sandwiches to be most suitable as they are devoid of any mess or spilling as they are sealed from all sides - thus making the journey more comfortable. Even during the long drives on weekends with my daughter and son-in-law, I make it a point to make these sandwiches whenever possible. Everyone loves them as they can be eaten without much paraphernalia of plates, spoons etc. 




Bread slices 8
Butter As required
For the Stuffing:
Mixed Vegetables chopped A handful of each vegetable
Onion (chopped) 1 medium
Garlic (chopped) 5-6
Ginger (chopped) 1 inch piece
Tomatoes (chopped) 2 medium
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder 3/4 tsp or as desired
Garam masala 1 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped For garnish
oil 2 tbsp
Salt As per taste


For the stuffing:
  1. Steam or cook the chopped mixed vegetables in a steamer or pressure cooker. And keep them aside.
  2. Next heat oil in a pan/wok. Add garlic and ginger. Saute it for a while and then add chopped onions.
  3. When onions turn translucent, add the chopped tomatoes. Saute it for a while till the tomatoes are cooked. Then add turmeric powder, chilly powder and the garam masala. Give it a good stir.
  4. Now add the steamed/cooked mixed vegetables, salt and a little water if necessary and mix it well.
  5. Let it cook for about 5mins on a low heat so that the masalas and salt are absorbed by the vegetables.
  6. Remove from flame and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and keep it aside without covering.
For preparing the grilled sandwiches

  1. Take each bread slice and thinly apply butter on either side of the slice and stack it on one side and keep it ready.
  2. In the meantime, heat the Sandwich toaster and when it almost reaches the desired temperature, open the lid and fill evenly 4 slices of bread with the stuffing and place it on the grilled platform of the sandwich toaster.
  3. On top of each filled slice, place another slice to cover the filling and close the lid of the toaster.
  4. After 1-2 minutes, open the lid.
  5. Your 4 grilled sandwiches are ready to be served with coriander and mint chutney or tomato sauce.



Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 25 mins
Makes: 8 triangular grilled sandwiches

  1. I used unsalted butter and whole wheat bread. You may use any butter or bread of your choice. When served hot, it's nice and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  2. You can prepare any curry of your choice for the stuffing but take care to see that the curry is dry or else your sandwiches will turn soggy.
  3. And applying butter on either side of the bread slice also prevents the sandwiches from getting soggy.
  4. Ideal for picnics, short journeys, lunch box and tea-time snacks.


  1. Healthy sandwich with loads of vegetables...

  2. these sandwiches look delicious and a good treat for breakfast....

  3. That was a lot of work you put in for the filling. I love grilled sandwiches. And this looks real good. Sadly, I make them only when I have some leftovers.

  4. nice to visit your blog...Yummy veggy sandwiches...

  5. Any time I can eat this. Looks very tempting

  6. My favorites.. i too love how convenient they are..

  7. wonderful sandwiches.. thanks for sharing dear.. thanks for visiting my place dear.. i have joined your blog :) too love

  8. I totally agree with you,sandwiches are by far convenient finger foods,lovely grilled sandwiches here.

  9. wow! what a filling! i love it!wonderful sandwiches!

  10. Somehow, no matter how hard I try, I can't digest bread. But my other half is all the way for it. Love the veggies stuffed inside and since I don't have the maker, I can bake them right??

    1. In my opinion, frying them in a frying pan or a tawa/griddle would be better option than baking. I have noticed that when baking sandwiches with the filling, the upper slice tends to curve upwards. Whereas on a frying pan, they can be pressed down lightly to keep them in shape.

  11. The filling looks yumm! And I like your steamer too? Is the container made of plastic? Initially I thought its a food processor. These sandwiches make a perfect snack! :-)

    1. Thanks Ranjitha. And Yes. The container is made of plastic.

  12. wow thats a good creative recipe, will try sometime soon:)

  13. Wow!! lovely filling!! Awesome clicks :)

  14. Healthy and filling sandwich, perfect for lunch boxes..

  15. Wow. Homemade sandwich for train journey sounds magical. Sandwich looks very healthy and crispy....yumm.