I saw the new Jungle book a couple weeks ago. Apart from it being my favorite Disney movie and the love of my life being named Mowgli, King Louie's solo got me thinking about fire. Not arson, fire. How much we rely on it everyday, especially in the kitchen. We rely on it to sear, saute, singe, braise, boil, bake, and much more. In short, we rely on fire to make the inedible edible, and to make the drab delicious. One of my favorite things to eat in India is this kind of sandwich, made simply with tomato, cucumber, green chutney, and cheese and served on diagonally sliced white bread with the edges cut off. It's a great example of making something yummy without fire. Here's my take on the Bombay sandwich.
Ingredients (for 4):
- 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 serrano pepper, sliced
- 1 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 4 Slices of pepperjack (or any) cheese
- Sandwich bread
Add everything except the cheese and bread to a bowl and mix well. Arrange on a slice of bread and top with cheese. Enjoy on its own or with a bowl of hot tomato soup.