Eats

Kathi Rolls: From Bombay to Kolkata

PaneerTikka

You’ve just come off the bus after a 12 hour journey and are ready to eat the paper from your travel journal. Behold, just as you exit the bus you smell the spices and ghee of a slightly sketchy Kathi roll stand. You order a Paneer Tikka and a Chicken and when you finally get your hands on one, its the most satisfying meal you can remember this trip.

You’ve just come off the bus after a 12 hour journey and are ready to eat the paper from your travel journal. Behold, just as you exit the bus you smell the spices and ghee of a slightly sketchy Kathi roll stand.  You order a Paneer Tikka and a Chicken and  when you finally get your hands on one, its the most satisfying meal you can remember this trip.

One  of my favorite street foods of all time is the Kathi roll or Frankies . Both comforting and delicious, it’s always a good time to have one, or grab one for later, even for the plane ride home…

Here are some great recipes for vegetarians and meat eaters alike to give the start of your week a great kick.

Paneer Tikka Kathi Rolls 

For Vegetarians

Ingredients:

  • 4 Boiled Potatoes
  • 2 Carrot shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup Green peas
  • 2 Capsicum
  • Cilantro for garnishing
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp chat masala or depending on your taste
  • Salt
  • Lime juice 1/2 spoon
  • Paneer 2-3 spoons (optional)
  • Ginger Paste

Method

  1. Heat the pan and put little oil.
  2. Add cumin seeds and then add the onions and ginger paste and green chillies to it.
  3. And then add paneer to it. (this is optional).
  4. Once the onions become translucent add the potatoes, carrots, capsicum, cabbage and green peas, Add salt.
  5. Allow the veggies to cook for 5 minutes
  6. Once the veggies are cooked add chat masala, lime juice.
  7. Mix and simmer the gas for 1 min.
  8. Then garnish with cilantro

 

For chutney

  • Cilantro 1 bunch
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1/4 spoon tamarind juice or paste
  • 1 spoon Sugar
  • Salt to taste

Method

For the chutney mix all the ingredients and blend it in a mixer.

For the Roti

You can either make the roll with chapati ( wheat flour) or tortilla (Maida). I made it with maida (ie tortilla).

 

Chicken Tikka Frankies 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup maida
  • 1/4 spoon baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 spoon corn flour
  • Water to knead the dough.
  • 1 spoon oil.

Method

  1. Make a dough with the above ingredients by adding little water and apply the oil on top of the dough. Keep it aside for 1/2 hr.
  2. Make the dough and divide them into small balls..
  3. Roll them thin with the rolling pin and put them in the hot tava (similar to how we make chapati)
  4. Allow it to cool for 30 secs and spread the chutney over it on one side and fill the veggies in the center.
  5. Roll them like burrito and again put it in the tava with little ghee for 2-5 secs.
  6. Cut the roll into half and serve them hot.

Ingredients

Boneless Chicken – ½ kg, cut into 1” pieces

Onion- 1 large, chopped and grinded to a fine paste

Tomato puree- 2 cups

Green Chillies- 5-6, chopped

Ginger Garlic paste- ½ tsp

Red Chilli pwd- 1 tsp

Pepper pwd- 1 tsp

Dhaniya pwd- ½ tsp

Turmeric pwd- ¼ tsp

Tomato Sauce/Ketchup – 2tbsp

Cooking Oil- 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Method

Marinating:

Take the chicken pieces, red chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, salt, ginger garlic paste, onion paste, tomato puree and mix well and refrigerate. Allow it to marinate for a minimum of 30mins-1 hour.

Curry & Frankie:

  • Heat oil in a deep pan add green chillies, pepper pwd and sauté for 1min.
  • Now add the marinated chicken pieces to this, and stir the contents. Allow it to cook for 10-15 min until the chicken becomes tender.
  • Finally add ketchup, dhaniya pwd and sprinkle lime juice and sauté.
  • Take a Chapati/Maida Roti/Tortilla and spread 1-2 tbsp of chicken curry along the center portion of the roti and sprinkle chopped onion and lime juice and wrap the roti from both sides.
  • Mouth watering Chicken Tikka Frankie is ready!!!

(Thanks to Pri’s Kitchen for this Recipe http://prisrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/09/chicken-tikka-frankie.html)

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