Bombay Bagel (Bombagel)

Bombay Bagel (Bombagel)

Bombay Sandwich Fans - Meet the Bombagel!

Growing up, the Bombay Sandwich was on a regular street food rotation for Jannine (other faves include: Dabeli, Pani Puri, Vada Pavs, Bhel...could keep going, was v spoiled for choice).

Our version in bagel form is inspired by Tara O Brady's recipe that uses green apple in the chutney, and we also threw in some Zesti and Smoki to help you get to snacking faster. We hope you try it!

Makes 2 Bombagels

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • ¼ green apple (like Granny Smith)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 7-8 mint leaves
  • 1cm piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 or 2 de-seeded fresh Serrano, Indian or Thai chilis (optional) 
  • 2 bagels 
  • 1-2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tsp of Zesti Seasoning Salt (optional) or salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Smoki Seasoning Salt
  • ¼ a red onion (this is common, but you can leave it out if you're iffy about eating raw onion - some tips to reduce pungency below!) 
  • ¼ a cucumber
  • ½ a tomato
  • 1 yellow potato
  • 2 slices of a good melting cheese (think Emmental, Gouda, Monterey Jack etc. Kraft/American cheese or Cheddar is also perfectly OK! Make it cheesy!)


  1. To start, make the chutney. Place the apple, cilantro, mint, ginger, chilis, and juice of the lime in a blender or food processor. Blend until it’s spoonable, but not completely smooth, you’ll bruise the herbs and ruin their freshness. Season with salt or Zesti. Set aside, it’s best to leave it for at least 15 mins so it can set. 
  2. Prick a couple holes in your potato, and microwave for 3-4 minutes, until it’s cooked through. Set aside to cool completely. 
  3. Slice your cucumber, onion and tomato thinly. In a bowl, add a pinch of salt to the onions, and let them sit for a few minutes. This gets rid of the harsh pungency that raw onion can have. When the potato is cooled, slice it as thinly as you can without breaking it apart. 
  4. Now that everything is prepped, you can start assembling. Put a broiler on high, cut your bagel, and toast on the inside only. Butter the bagel and smear some chutney onto the bottom half of the bagel, then add the tomato, onions, potato, sprinkle the Smoki over, then lay the cheese on top. Put back under the broiler to get the cheese all melty and delicious. 
  5. While the cheese melts, smear the top half of the bagel with the chutney. Remove the bagel from under the broiler, top with the cucumber and close the sandwich. 


Make it vegan: Just replace the cheese with your favourite vegan cheese. You could omit it, but you really want the gooey, melty goodness in there - it's really key to what makes this sando special.