a delightful twist on the classic

While classic club sandwiches hold a timeless appeal with their double layers and fresh fillings, there’s something special about exploring new variations that bring unique flavors to the table. One such variation is the Indian-style Green Chutney Club Sandwich! Its a delightful twist on the classic, highlighting the sweet and spicy notes of Indian Cilantro-Coconut Chutney. This simple and flavorful condiment gives the sandwich an exotic touch and elevates it to a whole new level. It perfectly complements the juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, sweet tomato ketchup, and creamy cheddar cheese. It’s a fusion of flavors that’s both comforting and intriguing, offering a fresh take on a beloved classic.

The Classic Club Sandwich

Classic club sandwiches have long been an irresistible staple of cafes, diners, and bistros around the world. With their iconic double layers of toasted bread, neatly shaped into triangles, they exude an undeniable charm. What makes these sandwiches truly tempting is not just their appearance, but also the fresh flavors and varied textures nestled between each layer.

Juicy slices of tomato, crisp lettuce, succulent meats like turkey or chicken, smoky bacon, and creamy mayonnaise, together create a symphony of taste and texture with every bite. Served alongside a side of crispy chips, fries, tangy pickles and/or healthy side salads, the classic club sandwich offers a satisfying and indulgent experience that continues to please sandwich lovers of all ages.

Indian-style Green Chutney Club Sandwich

The Indian-style Green Chutney Club Sandwich takes the familiar concept of a club sandwich and enhances it with the sweet and spicy undertones of Indian Cilantro-Coconut Chutney. It’s like a regular club sandwich, but with a special twist – instead of mayonnaise, it uses the aromatic Indian green chutney that adds a unique depth of flavor to the sandwich, elevating it to new heights.

recreating a restaurant favorite

Indian chutney club sandwiches are popular in cafes, restaurants, and street food stalls across the country, catering to both vegetarians and sandwich lovers alike. One of my favorite restaurants back home in Pune, Vaishali, serves a fantastic veg club sandwich that I regularly enjoyed during my college days. That is where my inspiration came from—to recreate a restaurant favorite!

Veg Club Sandwich at Vaishali Restaurant, Pune, India

I love to add my own personal touch to my Vaishali-inspired club sandwiches! Instead of using the same green chutney for both the layers, I like to switch things up by smearing a generous amount of tomato ketchup or Maggi Hot & Sweet Tomato Chili Sauce and shredded Amul cheese, the quintessential Indian cheddar cheese easily available in the refrigerated sections of your local Indian grocery stores.

Of course, you can use sliced cheddar cheese or your favorite kind of shredded cheese, such as Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, etc., and make any other tweaks to the recipe, like adding more veggies in addition to sliced cucumber and tomatoes. This allows you to add personal touches to make it your own. Either way, I promise you will thoroughly enjoy the flavors that come together to create a unique and mouthwatering experience.

My Unique Green Chutney Recipe

More often than not, the green chutney used in chutney sandwiches is a cilantro-mint chutney. However, in my recipe, I omit the mint. Instead, I create a rich, hearty chutney with fresh grated coconut, cilantro or coriander leaves, green chilies, salt, and a touch of sugar. The result is a sweet and spicy chutney reminiscent of the chutney sandwiches served at another popular cafe in Pune, Marz-o-rin. Once you prepare the chutney using my recipe, you can use it to make chutney club sandwiches, or recreate the tomato chutney sandwiches that are also popular at the cafe.

With two slices of regular white bread smeared with a thick layer of my signature spicy, sweet cilantro coconut chutney and slices of  juicy tomatoes in between, this humble tea sandwich packs a punch!

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Indian-style Green Chutney Club Sandwich


  • Author: Vasanti
  • Yield: Serves 4 (16 triangular sandwiches) 1x

Description

A double-layered veg club sandwich highlighting the vibrant flavors of sweet & spicy Indian cilantro-coconut chutney.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Cilantro-Coconut Chutney

  • 1 1/2 cup grated coconut, fresh or frozen, thawed (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves and tender part of the stem, coarsely chopped
  • 24 Thai chilies, roughly chopped (use less number for mild spice level)
  • salt, to taste
  • scant 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 23 tbsp water, if needed

Special Equipment

For 1 Club Sandwiches (see Variations)


Instructions

Making the Chutney

  • Combine all the ingredients for the chutney in the cup of  a food mixer/grinder or  NutriBullet and process into a smooth, thick paste. Add the water, if needed (see FAQs & Notes for storage information). 

Assembling the Sandwich

  • Lightly toast all the bread slices until they are golden brown. You can use a toaster or a skillet for this.
  • Spread a generous layer of the chutney on 2 out of the 3 toasted bread slices. 
  • Place a layer of sliced tomatoes on top of the chutney.
  • Add a layer of sliced cucumbers on top of the tomatoes.
  • Place the toasted slice of bread with the chutney side down, on top of the cucumbers and tomatoes.
  • Smear Maggi Hot & Sweet Tomato Chili Sauce on the third toasted slice of bread. 
  • Sprinkle the grated cheese in an even layer over it. 
  • Layer the previously made sandwich with cucumber, tomatoes and chutney over the last sliced with cheese and the sauce. 

Cut & Serve

  • Using a sharp knife, trim the edges and cut the sandwich diagonally into two triangles and then further into 4 smaller rectangles. 
  • Optionally, you can secure the sandwich with toothpicks to prevent it from falling apart.
  • Serve immediately. 

Step-by-Step Details

Recipe FAQ’s and Notes

Can I use desiccated or dry flaked coconut?

Unfortunately, only fresh or frozen, thawed grated coconut works best for the most flavorful chutney.

Can I substitute with ketchup or any other chili sauce?

If you can’t find Maggi Hot & Sweet Chili Sauce, you can use ketchup or mix a chili or hot sauce like Tobasco or Sriracha with ketchup for a similar spicy-sweet flavor.

What is Amul Cheese?

Amul cheese, the quintessential Indian cheddar cheese easily available in the refrigerated sections of your local Indian grocery stores. If you can’t find it, substitute with your favorite mild or medium cheddar or Monterey or Colby Jack/Pepper Jack cheese. Yuu can also use sliced cheese instead of shredded.

How long will the chutney last?

Since the chutney uses fresh coconut, it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight glass container. You can also freeze it in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. To use, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and let it come to room temperature by sitting on the counter for about an hour so that it easily spreads on the toasted bread, without breaking it.

Recipe Variations

Instead of a club sandwich, make regular tea sandwiches by simply smearing the chutney onto two slices of white or wheat bread, without toasting them. Feel free to add sliced tomatoes or cucumbers or any other veggies of your choice.

In addition to or in place of cucumbers and tomatoes, use your favorite sliced vegetables like boiled potatoes, cooked beets, sliced bell peppers, carrots, shredded cabbage, butter lettuce or mixed greens, etc.

Along with the cheese, add deli sliced chicken or turkey for a protein boost.

Substitute grated cheese with grated paneer or grilled slice of paneer or halloumi cheese for a change.

Happy cooking
Vasanti

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Hi I’m Vasanti
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I share a modern take on Indian cuisine made using nontraditional techniques and ingredients, while staying true to its authenticity. You’ll also find classic recipes from my beloved Maharashtrian culture and heritage.



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