Ahmedabad, India: July 1993. At the age of nine, I sold fabrics in my parents textile shop at the local bazaar. This Ahmedabad bazaar was one of the largest. Hundreds of mini shops align together, separated only by wall partitions and most had heavy canvas curtains to cover the entrance. There were no doors, or windows to the shop, as this is not common in a bazaar. Beyond entering through the dirt street, customers leave shoes on the side of the entrance and walk bare foot into the shop to pick out fabrics. No bigger than a mid size bed room, filled with columns and rows of all color silks, rayon, cottons, cotton silks. I called it Gujaratis finest collection of silks and cottons. Located at the loudest section of the bazaar we couldn’t escape bustle of the streets. Everyday traffic of people walk through the streets to go about their daily business, as ricksha and motorcycles honked their way through the streets. Trolleys filled with hot spicy food yelling out what they were selling for the day. The best was from man called Rampathapbhai, friend of my fathers who sold the best “Bombay Sandwiches
To make four lite sandwiches
1 whole boiled potato sliced
1 onion sliced.
tomato sliced (optional)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 4 mint leaves
- 2 green chillies (use 1 greenchille depending on level of spicyness)
- 1tb lemon juice- to taste
- Direction: grind garlic cloves, cilantro, mint leaves and chillies. Then add lemon to taste. Once it forms soft thick chutney add 1tb water to make chutney little looser.
Bombay Sandwich: Spread chutney on bread, add slice of potato, onion, and tomato.
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