Beef Bahn Mi

Banh mi is a Vietnamese word meaning bread and most commonly refers to a baguette filled with sandwich toppings.  Like Morocco, Vietnam was a French colony/protectorate.  Wherever the French went they left their indelible mark of bread and boulevards. In Morocco the bocadillo sandwich, a baguette filled with a mishmash of ingredients is a well known street food.  In Vietnam the banh mi is king. The best thing about both of these sandwiches is the unique combinations of flavors and ingredients stuffed inside.  The banh mi is traditionally a pork sandwich but can also have tofu, cheese, or eggs as a filling. This flexibility makes the banh mi sandwich a perfect picnic food.

Banh mi’s are also known for the hot sauce that they are often laced with. A Kashmiri dish, Rogan Josh has a similar heat signature. In creating a sandwich that incorporated both Rogan Josh and banh mi flavors this sandwich was born. Using Saffron Roads’ Rogan Josh simmer sauce I cooked a beef roast to fill these sandwiches. They are delicious, unique and won’t increase the temperature in your kitchen.  You can be creative with the condiments you use to add to the dish.

Beef with Rogan Josh


  • 1 1/2 – 2 lb arm roast of beef
  • 1 package Saffron Road Food Rogan Josh Simmer Sauce
  • 1/4 c water
  • several crusty baguettes
  • Filling options; sliced cucumbers, shredded cabbage, cilantro, mayo, daikon radishes, sliced carrots, siracha sauce or jalapenos


Wash and remove excess fat from the beef roast. Cut into 2-3 smaller pieces and pierce multiple times with a fork.  Add to a slow cooker and pour the Rogan Josh simmer sauce over the meat.  Mix in the 1/4c of water as well, coating the meat as much as possible.  Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  The meat should be tender but not falling apart.

Remove meat from the slow cooker (don’t throw away the remaining liquid) and slice into pieces. If you are not eating right away the meat can be returned to the slow cooker and kept on warm until ready to use.

To prepare the sandwiches, slice a baguette and fill with meat and condiments desired. Adding a drizzle of the rogan josh sauce at the very end.

I’ve really enjoyed trying and creating recipes for all of Saffron Roads’ simmer sauces.  In case you missed the other recipes here they are;

Weeknight Beef Tagine
Weeknight Beef and Snap Pea Tagine with Sweet Onion & Apricot Mrouzia
Lemongrass Basil Chicken
Lemongrass Basil Chicken
Bombay Potatoes
Bombay Potatoes