MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA MAY 25 , 2012 02.25 A.M.
Last week I came across an innocuous news item in the Mumbai edition of Times Of India that our snack – cum – food a.k.a. Sandwich completed 250 years of its existence .I never knew that Sandwich was nowhere in the scene before 1762 .
I never knew that John Montagu , 4th Earl of Sandwich [ 1718 – 1792 ] , a British statesman , was the inventor of this world-famous food item . And that , he invented this snack – cum – food item inadvertently . He , apart from being inventor of Sandwich , was Postmaster General , First Lord of Admiralty and Secretary of State for the Northern Department .
4th Earl of Sandwich was considered a daring man because in those conservative times , he ate with his fingers . As story goes , in May 1762 , while playing the game of cards , he ordered his valet to serve him beef tucked between two slices of bread so that he could eat while playing cards . Later on his friends also asked ” to have the same as Sandwich “ . And thus slowly , Sandwich came into being .
In the beginning it was a non – veg food item . But slowly other forms of Sandwich also came into being . Veg Sandwich is another popular form .
Soon grilled Sandwich made its entry in the scene . Later on it was improvised further and grilled Cheese Sandwich came into being . Club Sandwich is the another variant , which is very popular .
As its popularity grew , it reached various other countries . Apart from Cuban and Turkish variants , Chicken Shwarma of Lebanon is the most popular , world – famous and known variant of the original Sandwich . Tuna Fish Sandwich is another hugely popular improvised version , which is savoured by rich and famous .
Popularity of Sandwich as a convenient food item never diminished . In the modern era , multi – national food giants also jumped in the fray . American fast – food giant McDonald’s was the first to capitalize on the popularity of Sandwich and came with the Hamburger and Burger variants , which took the world by storm . Started in May 15 , 1940 , this fast – food American giant has now more than 33,000 outlets world – wide .
Subway is another multi – national food – chain , which made a late entry and soon spread its tentacles world – wide . Unlike McDonald’s , it is dedicated to Sandwiches only . Stablished in August 28 , 1965 , it has now more than 36,833 outlets in 100 countries .
In modern times , as popularity of Sandwiches grew further , there were several inventions like electric toasters to facilitate its making more easier , fast and convenient .
Later on ketchup and various kinds of Mayonnaise also came and people started using them as toppings and fillings with Sandwiches . Among ketchup , Heinz is the most famous and renowned ketchup company . It is followed by Maggi and our own Indian Kissan brands . Smith & Jones is another lesser known brand of ketchup available in India .
Indian palate is very familiar with mustard . We use it in pickles and other food items . So in India , a peculiar version of Sandwich emerged . Sweet Mustard ketchup and its Bengali cousin Kasundi emerged as extra fillings for Sandwiches with cucumber , tomato and onion .
Though use of various Jam , Jelly and marmalade with bread pieces can’t be called Sandwich in true sense of the term , but for sweet – loving Indians , it was a popular option and it has now become a ubiquitious food item of our homes for morning and evening snacks . Our own desi Kissan is present here also and Kissan Jam is one of the highest selling product .
Hazelnut Spread , Peanut Spread , Cheese Spread and several other spreads are also available to sweeten our morning breakfast . You can’t call them Sandwiches but their popularity in India would have amazed Earl of Sandwich .
In these 250 years of its existence , Sandwich has taken many avatars . I would love to provide another version of Sandwich , which is popular in my house . I can call it Bhojpuri version or variant of Sandwich . Take two pieces of bread and roast it properly . Put lavish spread of butter on the pieces .Then take two extra ripe bananas and cut then in round pieces . Now put pieces of extra ripe banana as fillings between two pieces of bread . Sprinkle salt and black pepper on it . Your Bhojpuri variant of Sandwich is ready for a bite . If you wish you can grill it also . So Bhojpuri Banana Sandwich and Bhojpuri Banana Grilled Sandwich are now available . Do try them .
I am sure , after hearing about this Bhojpuri Variant of Sandwich , John Montagu , the 4th Earl of Sandwich must be turning in his grave .
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
- From ham to prawns, a sandwich tour of the country – and chicken’s our No1 (dailymail.co.uk)
- Anniversary of the Sandwich (02varvara.wordpress.com)
- NY Food Truck Lunch: Short Rib Grilled Cheese From Food Freaks (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- The Sandwich Is 250 Years Old Today! (weeklyworldnews.com)
- Homemade Poutine Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (blogher.com)
- Town hosts festival for sandwich (bbc.co.uk)
- Sandwich celebrates 250th birthday – UPI.com (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
- 250th anniversary of the sandwich (boingboing.net)
- Twists on 5 Classic American Sandwiches (abcnews.go.com)
- The greatest culinary invention ever created. (mmm-mushrooms.com)
- Sandwich celebrates 250th birthday (upi.com)
Filed under: Haute Cuisine Tagged: | 250 Years of Sandwich, Acting Trainer, Bhojpuri Cuisine, Burger, Cheese Sandwich, Cheese Spread, Clib Sandwich, Cuban Sandwich, Diction Trainer, Dover, Dover District, Earl, Earl of Sandwich, food, Food Diary, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Grilled Sandwich, Hamburger, Hazelnut Spread, Heinz Ketchup, Hindi Teacher, India, Jam, Jelly, John Montagu, John Montagu 4th Earl of Sandwich, Kamal Nayan Chaturvedi, Kasundi of Bengal, Kent County, Ketchup, Kissan Ketchup, Maggi Ketchup, Marmalade, Mayonnaise, McDonald, McDonald's, Mumbai, MUMBAI - MAHARASHTRA - INDIA, Mustard Ketchup, Peanut Spread, Sandwich, Sandwich Town, Shwarma, Shwarma of Lebanon, Subway, To Have The Same As Sandwich, Tuna Fish Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich, United Kingdom, Veg Sandwich, Vidur, Vidur Chaturvedi, Vidur on Twitter, Vidur's Blog, Vidur's Food Diary