Potato-peas sandwich

There are some dishes which remind me of my childhood. I will post these here, so that every time I read these, they will remind me of my mother. She has a aluminium sandwich maker with long handles, which looked somewhat like this. She used to keep the bread slices in these, and then keep the sandwich maker on that gas stove. Believe me, this procedure was not at all as easy as it sounds. The sandwiches used to stick to the sandwich maker and make a mess. So it required a lot of patience to grease them well to avoid sticking. If I was in her place, I would never even attempted to make these sandwiches. But since these were my brother’s and my favorite snacks, she used to make them every now and then. I salute her for the kind of patience and energy she had/has to cook every possible thing that we ask for.

In those rainy days, when we got back from school, drenched to the bone, she would serve us with piping hot sandwiches and tea. Oh, how I miss those days. I always think of cooking some delicious dishes for her when she visits us, just as a thnak you for whatever she did for me, but I become a kid when she is with me.

Today I made these sandwiches for breakfast, because they are so filling and tasty. I remembered those childhood days. These sandwiches have become my husband’s favorites these days. So I make them very often. I hope you all try these at least once, they are too good to resist. The poha masala gives a very good aroma to the stuffing.

Bread slices
1 cup boiled, peeled, mashed potatoes
1/2 cup fresh/frozen green peas
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
A pinch asafoetida
1-2 tea spn poha masala powder
A pinch turmeric
1-2 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut

Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add asafoetida, curry leaves. Add peas and little water. Cook till the peas are almost done(do not mash them). Add potatoes, turmeric, poha masala, salt, coconut and mix well.

Butter a sandwich maker and keep a bread slice. Keep the potato mixture on top and cover with second bread slice. Take out from the sandwich maker when the slices have browned well.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

22 thoughts on “Potato-peas sandwich”

  1. That looks so yummy! Aren’t mothers great? I know what you mean about wanting to cook good stuff for mom, but she won’t let me do anything and want to cook my favorite dishes instead… Oh, I’m getting all nostalgic now 🙁

  2. I remember that sandwich maker too. My mom wud boil eggs, chop them up add pepper/salt and make these triangular sandwiches over the stove. I remember being thrilled as a kid, when I saw the outcome. The simple pleasures in life!

  3. You are right, moms are a darling, they go out on a limb to make kids happy. My mom made these too with the potato filling. Even left over cabbage bhaji sometimes. Sometimes with chopped onions, tomatoes and cucumber.
    I am sure your kids will cherish memories of all tasty dishes you make for them.

  4. Shilpa! My sister and I, as children, would use those sandwich grillers with the long handles to make “pizza sandwiches”(tomato sauce with cheese) over our camp-fires! I had forgotten that for some time until I read your post…they tasted just divine, as i am sure these sandwiches do too! What fond memories…I will try to find where those utensils are hidden!

  5. hey shilpa, you put it so well there, just voiced my feelings and now I’ve a lump in my throat!! one can never do enough for Mom, can you? we too had these alu toast as a evening snack, never used poha masala, though. will try your version.
    Beautiful post!

  6. hey, you put it so well, voiced my feelings and now I’ve a lump in my throat! we can never do enough for Mom, can we? we too had this alu toast an a evening snack, will try with ur poha masala.
    Beautiful post!

  7. another yummy filling for these sandwiches is a mixture of diced capsicum,diced onions ,salt and pepper (add grated cheese optional),or a mixture of coconut,green chilli,cialntro,salt,pepper

  8. Great tribute to your mom!:)) We should collect all the mom’s recipes and make it into a event or something.
    Sandwich looks great,thanks for poha masala pd too:)

    Have a great weekend ,see you on Monday:)

  9. U are true Shilpa , when we are with our mom we really become a child. When we visit them or when they visit us they still do a lot for us. Nice sandwiches shilpa. whenever I make potato peas masala i used to make these sandwiches too.

  10. A wonderful tribute to your mom, Shilpa. I love when my mom visits too and you are so right – we become kids all over again. I love it when I leave for work and come back home and find that she has made one my favourite dishes. I also make some of the food she cooked for us as children and am always presenting them to her so that she sees that I have learnt well, I had (still have) a great teacher.

  11. Shilpa….Mother is mother. You made me miss my mom, after reading this write up. Even if we try to make like her there will be something missing, which we cannot do, i guess it is the LOVE. She too used to make this type of sandwitch using the aluminium sandwitch maker. I never knew abt adding powa masala. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Shilpa,

    My Mom also used to make these sandwiches!!I sure miss her cooking a lott!
    Meanwhile also visit my blog!I joined the “bandwagon” of bloggers!!

  13. Hi shilpa,

    This reminds me of my mom too, she used to use those to make potato sandwich as well as banana sanwich which were yummy!
    i continue to make for my kids now 🙂

  14. What a heart-warming write-up Shilpa. Moms are the best :).

    I love these aloo-matar sandwiches. and many a time i make these from the left over aloo-matar sabzi :).

  15. Ashu, poha masala is a spice blend that you can make at home with very simple spices. I have given the recipe of poha masala. Please click the link given in ingredients(click on poha masala powder). It has a very different aroma and makes these simple sandwiches very special. I make the powder and store it for months together.

  16. I tried this yesterday..I didnt have poha masala..but after looking at the masala ingredients, i added coriander, cumin, garam masala powders and also little amchur powder for added taste..It was awesome..very tasty and filling..We loved it.. Thanks Shilpa..
    and yes, my mom also used to make toast sandwiches using the similar stove top aluminium toaster with potato or any sukka bhaji for after-school evening snacks..After coming home every evening, the first question to mom used to be, ” What have u prepared for snacks?” 😀
    I remember how me and my sister used to be delighted to have those snacks.. I still think, how mom used to prepare different snacks daily apart from the regular lunch/dinner and other chores.. and we wanted variety for lunch or dinner every day!! Really, Moms r great! They do their best to keep kids happy..

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