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Chaat Masala Grilled Cheese

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 1 sandwhich


For the Sandwich

  • ¼ tsp chaat masala
  • 2 slices bread (I used sourdough)
  • 2 slices sharp cheddar
  • ½ fresh jalapeno sliced

For the Vaghaar

  • ¼ tsp hing (asafoetida)
  • ½ tsp rai (mustard seeds)
  • ½ tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 tbsp limbdi (curry leaves)
  • 1 tsp neutral tasting vegetable oil (I used avocado oil)


Sandwich Recipe

  • Heat up a pan on medium heat
  • Lay out two slices of bread of your choice and lightly butter each slice.
  • Place a slice of cheddar cheese on each slice of bread on the non-buttered sides.
  • Place the jalapeno slices and sprinkle the chaat masala on one of the bread slices.
  • Place both slices together and grill on the pan on both sides until the sandwich is golden brown.

Vaghaar Topping Recipe

  • Heat up 1 tsp of oil in a small pan on medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add in the rai, hing, and jeeru and let them sputter for roughly 30 seconds (make sure they don't burn).
  • Take the pan off of heat and let the oil cool for about a minute.
  • Add in the limbdi while the oil is still warm and mix it around so it crisps up.
  • Drizzle the oil and spices over the sandwich and serve while hot!


  • Go easy on the butter when you make the grilled cheese so the sandwich doesn't become overly greasy once you add the vaghaar topping (unless you're into greasy sandwiches, then go for it!). 
  • If you want a spicier sandwich, use serrano peppers instead of jalapeño. 
  • You can use pickled jalapeño instead of fresh if you prefer, however I've found that pickled jalapeño can make the sandwich a little too acidic when combined with the chaat masala. 
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of spices to your liking but please don't skip out on the vaghar topping, it really brings the whole sandwich together! 
Keyword Chaat Masala, Grilled Cheese