The story of sandwich
New Delhi: The sandwich is one of the most preferred food items, expected to be prepared in just five minutes and the interesting fact is it does not require any cutlery for consumption. You can enjoy having it with your sanitised hands.
Creation can happen anywhere and variations of sandwiches are just part of it which expels out of our kitchen with different tastes and types divided, mainly into two categories: veg and non-veg. The main ingredients are slices of bread and salt and in between them you can have cheese, boiled veggies, slices of mutton, chicken or eggs. But are you aware of it's bizarre history?
You must have heard Bill Gates' quote, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Though preparing a sandwich is not a tough job but it has the same connection with its past.
It is believed that the 4th Earl of Sandwich John Montagu, popularised this easy to make snack, and provided it with his name. One day in 1762, he was on a streak of 24 hours gambling and didn't want to get up for his night meal, so he demanded his servant to bring him something which would not interfere with his game.
The servant came up with meat between two slices of bread which did not hamper John Montagu's game and he guzzled it easily with one hand. A friend of John sitting in front of him demanded the same food by saying I'll have the same as a sandwich, and the name popped out of that dialogue.
Although neither the servant nor John invented the sandwich, instead John visited the Eastern Mediterranean and saw sandwiches served by the Greeks and Turks with their appetizers, and asked his servant to copy the same idea.
The idea for sandwiches got popularised after that. November 3 is dedicated to sandwiches every day to pay homage to simple and easy to ready food in America, but Indians also have their unique story for sandwiches and turning them into their own flavors with delicious species.
In the 1960s, Bombay sandwich was invented in India, which was enclosed with some chopped veggies and mainly with boiled potatoes, with butter and chutney. It became the first famous Indian sandwich.