Mango Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich – a sandwich with the unusual flavour combination of sweet ripe mangoes, fresh Italian basil, Mother Dairy cheese and a hot sauce to give it that kick!
Mumbai people have had a long love affair with the street side grilled sandwiches. Be it veggie and cheese, or just veggie toast, or plain potato sandwiches, these sandwich vendors at the street corners have perfected the art of sandwich making over the years. If you worked in and around VT (CST now) one could have a perfectly filling lunch time sandwich for a not so princely sum of 10 rupees (in those times).
I love to recreate the perfect Mumbai grilled sandwich in my kitchen. Sometimes I make it in the electric sandwich toaster, sometimes in the stovetop handheld toaster (this is my new love) and at other times the stove top grill pan for the perfect grill marks and that crisp exterior.
One of the reasons why sandwiches are so much fun is you can experiment endlessly with the fillings and flavours. They also make the best vehicles for any leftover vegetable curries. I can have sandwiches for any meal of the day and I’m sure most people will agree with me.
So what’s unusual about this grilled cheese sandwich?
My recipe for mango basil grilled cheese sandwich is surely an usual idea for a vegetarian sandwich. Fruit, herbs, cheese, hot sauce – sounds like a crazy combination, right? But one bite, and you’ll realise that this melange of flavours is a delight to the tastebuds. The sweetness of the mango, the aroma of basil, the salty tanginess from the cheese and the heat from the hot sauce, all come together to achieve a perfect flavour balance in this sandwich.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my announcements of the Insta Cooking Class in collaboration with Mother Dairy Cheese. This is the first recipe as a part of the collaboration which I did on the Mother Dairy Instagram account. I’ll show you the second recipe on Sunday (16 April), so follow their account and stay tuned.
For those of you who tuned into this recipe on the Instagram stories, here’s the complete recipe for you to try out the Mango Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Mangoes are in season, the basil plant is sprouting new leaves, so why wait!
*Stove top grill pan useful not just for grilled sandwiches but also burgers, to grill vegetables like eggplant, zucchini etc.