Tiranga Tea Sandwiches

Makes 8 tea sandwiches

#Recipe for #quick and #easy #vegetarian #Indian #fusion #cuisine #tea #sandwiches
Tiranga Tea Sandwiches
#Recipe for #quick and #easy #vegetarian #Indian #fusion #cuisine #tea #sandwiches
Tiranga Tea Sandwiches
#Recipe for #quick and #easy #vegetarian #Indian #fusion #cuisine #tea #sandwiches
Tiranga Tea Sandwiches

India celebrates Independence Day on August 15th.  It is a national holiday commemorating India’s freedom from the British Empire on August 15, 1947. The festivities include early morning parades, flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural events. People proudly display the flag on their cars, in homes and work places and wear the colors of the flag in their attire too. The day is celebrated with patriotic songs, watching patriotic movies and meeting friends and family. Here in America, Indian Americans also celebrate the day with parades and cultural events held in many cities across the United States.

Tiranga means tri-colored. The Indian flag is also reverently called Tiranga. This week I wanted to use the colors of the Indian flag in creating an easy to make, scrumptious fusion sandwich using green chutney, cream cheese and Swiss cheese with lettuce and grated carrots. Using store bought chutney makes these tea sandwiches a breeze to make at any time. I used white bread as I wanted it to represent the white color of the flag, but you can use any bread you like. Also, these type of sandwich rolls are sometimes shallow fried to give the bread a crispy texture. I decided to rely on the grated carrots and lettuce in this sandwich for a nice crunch and they did not disappoint. The freshness of the summer veggies really shines thru in these tea sandwiches, and their colors represent the orange and green colors in the flag.

Here are the Ingredients I used-

  • 8 slices of white bread, with their crust cut off
  • About 2 tablespoons plain whipped cream cheese mixed with sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 8 thin slices low sodium Swiss lacey cheese (about ¼ pound)
  • Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and trimmed
  • Store bought spicy green chutney such as the Bombay sandwich chutney
  • 2 medium sized carrots, peeled and grated

Steps to make the sandwich-

  1. On a damp kitchen towel, place 2 slices of bread slightly overlapping at one of the narrow edges. Roll the bread with a rolling pin, joining the two slices of bread.
  2. Layer the next ingredients in the order given as shown in the pictures leaving a ½ inch border of the cream cheese at the end. The cream cheese at the edge helps seal the roll.
  3. Roll the sandwich pressing the roll firmly as you roll, with the help of the damp towel. Trim edges, cut in two and serve.

These fresh tasting, cool and crunchy tea sandwiches are a treat with the afternoon cup of tea with friends!

Love,

Sandhya

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. Loretta says:

    Lovely Sandhya, Happy Independence Day to you and your family. Will there be any celebrations where you live? Love chutney sandwiches, and I like the flag colors you’ve incorporated.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Loretta. There is a huge program at the Hatch Shell in Boston to celebrate the event every year. This year I know of 4 other cultural programs on August 15th in MA.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Cindy!

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  2. I used to know the Indian national anthem but now only remember a few lines. Beautiful song and beautiful sandwiches!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Greg!

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  3. Tessa says:

    I have nominated you for a blog award if you are interested in accepting it please go to this link and follow the directions. https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/blog-award/

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Tessa for thinking of me. I really appreciate it.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Lynn!

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      1. So nice looking! yumm

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      2. Sandhya says:

        Thanks Lynn!

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  4. They look lovely and soooo easy to do ! Awesome Idea Sandhya 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Prachi! I was thinking of the colors of the flag and this was the simplest to make. I am always looking for shortcuts:)

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  5. Antonia says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate! These look lovely Sandhya 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Antonia!

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  6. Happy independence day.. Nice colorful sandwich perfect for the occassion

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Vidya for your kind words!

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  7. Happy Independence Day dear.. Sandwich looks yummy

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  8. This is something that I can make very fast and look pretty! Yes, the colors reminds me of Indian flag 🙂 Happy Independence Day tomorrow! It’s so close to Indonesian’s Independence day, we are going to have it on the 17th of August 🙂

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  9. shailini sisodia says:

    chutney and cream cheese sandwiches are always a hit – yours look so tempting and delicious!!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Shailu! So nice to hear from you!

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  10. Sandhya says:

    Reblogged this on Indian and Indian Fusion Cooking in America and commented:

    An easy and fun sandwich to make with kids !It is a long weekend in India this August 15, India’s Independence Day.
    Enjoy!
    Love,
    Sandhya

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  11. Reblogged this on ParsiCalendar.com and commented:
    Lovely presentation, I use my leeli chutney for chutney sandwiches but using lettuce adds so much color!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this on ParsiCalendar.com!

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  12. Lovely presentation, I use my leeli chutney for chutney sandwiches but using lettuce adds so much color!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      I also like the green chutney but adding lettuce adds crunch and color! Thanks so much for your comment.

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  13. How very creative and tasty looking. Happy Independence day! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Ronit!

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  14. Absolutely lovely! I might try them with tortillas for the bread. 🙂

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  15. Great looking sandwiches.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Donald!

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  16. Sowmya says:

    Oh! Patriotism in style. This is such a nice party recipe as well. Bookmarked Sandhya.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Sowmya! It is an easy one to make with kids too.

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