Monday, November 5, 2012

Simple Pleasures: Egg Sandwich

Some of the most enjoyable things in life are pretty simple. When it comes to foods, its no exception.
This recipe I want to share is not a Gastronomic bomb or a Gourmand's first choice. It is one of those simple pleasures, I'm talking about.

I remember the first time I tasted this sandwich was a rainy day. A family friend of ours was having a small party on opening his very own Mechanics shop. His kids were my very good friends. We played together and went to school together. This day was getting draber by the minute, as we were all dressed up and couldn't go for noisy-run-around-things kind of play. The rain was preventing us from having fun outside too. And then, as the adults talked and the kids got tired of being all good, another problem raised its head. Our tummies began growling bad.
Normally in India, the inaugurations are done early in the mornings. And an early event meant us kids never bothered with their breakfasts. All the boredom and hunger getting to us, soon got the attention of one of the adults. he went out and got us kids a bag full of these delicious sandwiches: It was just simple, salty, crusty rolls stuffed with sliced boiled eggs, tomatoes, onions, green chilies and cilantro. I could bet someone squeezed a little lemon in there too.
One greedy bite into the sandwich and all the different ingredients came together to create an experience good enough to hold onto to that memory forever.
At home we usually picked out any piece of chili Mom ever threw into her cooking and gave her,"Are you trying to poison me?" kinda look, every time we came across one. But this time, the hunger overcame all our shallowness and melted out the petty reservations in us and remade us into brand new appreciative creatures, in its lingering heat.

The sweet tart tomatoes, the creamy boiled egg yolks, the chewiness of the bread and the occasional lingering heat from the green chiles all combined together to make this simple sandwich a favorite for us, for years to come.
Even now, when I take a bite off my sandwich, it takes me back to that rainy day and the instant gratification it gave. Simple pleasures!!!!


Crusty Sandwich Buns/  Pavs (If you can get them)--4
Sliced tomatoes--3-4
Sweet Onions, sliced---1 medium
Green Thai/ Indian chiles---4, chopped
Boiled eggs, peeled & sliced into circles---4
Cilantro, finely chopped---a small bunch
Lemon wedges---to serve alongside the sandwiches
Salt-- as needed


Method:-Mix all the ingredients except the lemon wedges, eggs and  buns and toss gently to combine.
In split Buns/ Pavs, spread some tossed veggies and a couple slices of eggs, and serve immediately with a lemon wedge on the side.



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