Vegan Monte Cristo

This sandwich is beautifully golden and crisp on the outside, with a melted dairy free cheese and meat free ham filling. The outside tastes just like egg too, because I used black salt, also known as kala namak. This is just enough for one sandwich, so if you want to make more, just double or triple the amounts to make more

Yield; One sandwich Cook time; 8-10 minutes

You’ll need;

  1. 10g of chickpea flour (that’s roughly one tablespoon)
  2. 30ml of plant milk, it doesn’t have to be unsweetened, just make sure it’s no sweeter than dairy milk (around 5g of sugar per 100ml)
  3. A good pinch of black pepper, and a good pinch of smoked paprika
  4. Two slices of bread
  5. 40g vegan cheese, if you’re using a pre-sliced cheese then that’s generally two slices
  6. A few slices of meat free ham, use whatever brand you like best, and use as much as you like per sandwich
  7. A knob of dairy free butter/spread
  8. A pinch of black salt, otherwise known as kala namak


  1. Whisk together the flour, milk, pepper and paprika in a shallow dish. Keep whisking until there are no lumps
    Then assemble the sandwich. Place one piece of bread down, then half the cheese, then the “ham”, the rest of the cheese, then the other piece of bread. This way when the cheese melts it will stick the ham and bread together
  2. Dip the bread into the “egg” mix so that it soaks on one side. Flip it over to coat the other
  3. Can you see how this side that is facing up is all coated? This is the side you’ll put face down in the pan. Just in case there are any parts on the other side that aren’t coated, you can fill in any spots with the remaining mix left in the dish
  4. Next, heat the butter/spread in a frying pan over a medium heat. Place the sandwich into the pan and leave it to cook for 4-5 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done because it will no longer stick to the pan, it will release once cooked
  5. Carefully flip the sandwich and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other sideDSC_0159-picsay-1.JPG
  6. Once the other side is cooked, remove it from the heat. Sprinkle over a little black salt over the top, flip it over and sprinkle some on the other side. Now it’s ready to serve



  1. You can also use this mix to make easy vegan French toast. Just soak individual slices of bread, then fry until they’re golden on both sides. You’ll probably need to double the amount of of the “egg” mix I used for two pieces of bread. Then double or triple if you’re using four to six pieces of bread
  2. If you prefer a sweet French toast, then add a little sugar and vanilla extract to the “egg” mix (just add enough to suit your taste). Then soak the bread and fry in a little butter/spread until golden
  3. You can then serve the sweet French toast with syrup (maple, or golden syrup would be great choices) then get creative with your toppings
  4. You can go with sprinkling of icing sugar, or a mix of cinnamon and icing sugar. Then add sliced fruit (banana, strawberry or a mix of berries would work well)
  5. Or choose to pair sweet with savoury and go with some fried meat free bacon or sausage, it’s up to you

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