“Curried Chicken Salad” always comes to mind and is often an entry under tea sandwiches in modern cookbooks. Many make curried chicken salad sandwiches. People are always looking for something new, a twist on a tradition, a slight variation to the norm. So, inspired by an issue last October (yes last Fall!) in the Food and Life section in the Austin-American Statesman, I gathered a few ideas for tea sandwiches, some with an Indian flair. These sandwiches are great in lunchboxes by the way. Kids love the crustless. And tea sandwiches are crustless little wonders that please even adults’ palates.
- Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches: spread cream cheese on one side of bread, spread Amul butter (a lovely salted Indian butter) on another slice. Scatter thinly sliced cukes and sandwich together.
- Cucumber and Red Bell Pepper Sandwiches: same as above, adding in bell pepper for color. the key to making it kid friendly is making the pieces of bell pepper manageable. so chop it up! If your child likes fresh basil like mine does, add a few leaves in the middle.
- Same as above, adding in a thin layer of cilantro chutney.
Recipe coming soon!Here is the recipe!!
- Potato Tomato Sandwiches: this is adapted from a sandwich in food stalls of Mumbai. Slices of boiled potato, tomatos, onions and cucumbers in between buttered bread. The difference here is a generous sprinkling of chaat or sandwich masala. In the stalls, they serve these grilled–with a wonderfully meltable white Indian cheese (not paneer) in the middle too.
- Hummus Sandwiches: unfortunately my kids won’t eat hummus but this could be an added spread into any of the above.
- Buttered Radish Sandwiches: For the kids, I saute thinly sliced radishes in a pat of butter. They love ’em that way! I’ll layer them on bread over a thin spread of butter. Spinach leaves in the middle would be a colorful addition. Ground roasted cumin sprinkled over is another good ingredient (I keep a small jar of ground toasted cumin in my pantry for various uses in Indian cooking, but mostly for raita or lassi)
- Curried Egg Salad Sandwiches: though I prefer traditional egg salad, I included this since it is a popular variation of egg salad.
- Curried Hummus Sandwiches: same as above. I guess these shouldn’t deserve their own number!
- Apple-Cheese and Jam or Sweet Mango Pickle Sandwiches: apples and cheese are buddies. I spread on a thin layer of a non-traditional jam like jalapeno jelly or even chhundo, a sweet mango pickle condiment with a touch of savory flavor. Salt and sugar are buddies too sometimes!
- And at last, Curried Chicken Salad. I’ve never made these “curried” salads and dips. I suppose I like to keep the American and Indian flavors distinct at times. If you were to use curry powder (see my thoughts on curry powder in this post), I would recommend purchasing one from a reputable spice company perhaps like Penzey’s. They have quite a few to choose from and some are not even predominantly made of turmeric….which is a good thing. Here’s a link to a basic recipe.