Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Frankie/kathi rolls

Mumbai has always had a special place in my heart, I have never lived there but spent a good chunk of my summer vacations in Mumbai - every year,as far back as I can remember.  My mother's family home was always filled with people, good food and the sound of chatter. We had so much to share,  there was never a dull moment . Despite the heat, we would always be outside, shopping or eating.  I don't think any one of us realized how hot it was, the cool evening breeze with the smell of the sea is something I can never forget and brings back great memories. Day or night - Mumbai streets are full of life - this one to the city - that never sleeps :) :)

Street food - bhel, pani puri, kachori, samosa...  you name it. The first time I tasted Frankie was in Mumbai and absolutely fell in love with this spicy roll.....since then must have consumed a few hundred dozen of them - still can't get enough.

Frankie fact - Some recipes requires you to  make a pattie out of the paneer  and potato filling or in some you  just add them without a form !!If a pattie it is called frankie else its called a  kathi roll. Well what's in a name ? kathi or Frankie - enjoy being creative. 

For the filling

1 egg beaten

1 onion finely chopped

1/2 bell pepper finely chopped

leaf of a iceberg lettuce (optional)

1/2 cup paneer (homemade) - click here to know how 

1/4 cup boiled mashed potatoes

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

salt to taste

1 tbsp oil

cilantro for garnish

1 tsp coriander chutney click here for recipe 

1 tsp hot and sweet tomato chili sauce ( brand Maggie)

Heat 1 tbsp oil and roast the onion (half of the above)keep the other half aside and bell pepper - add the potatoes, paneer and all the dry powder. Garnish with chopped cilantro. (If you like a bit of crunch, shape the mix like a sausage and shallow fry it to form a crunchy patty.)  keep aside.

The original roll does not have lettuce, I love the fresh crunch of it.....

For the dough 

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tbsp oil 
salt to taste
water to mix

Mix the dry ingredients, oil and water and kneed to make a soft dough. Refer to picture below for next steps.

The reason for the  above step - the chapati is soft and flaky . Roll the circular dough into a very thin oval shape. Heat a pan and roast the chapatti/bread on both sides.  Add some oil to the roasted chapatti and pour half of the beaten egg and spread it on the surface of the chapati.With a light hand invert the chapatti so that the egg is nicely roasted. Remove from tava/pan.

Keep the chapatti egg side up and add the filling. Lettuce, paneer mix/patty, raw onions and some spicy coriander chutney along with hot and sweet tomato chilli sauce. Fold the outer edge and roll the chapati. Serve hot !!

Great for kids and the kid in you :) Enjoy the rest of the week !! 

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  1. I love street food and since I have not tasted this in Mumbai, I will make it at home and imagine as if I am eating it there. Thanks for the recipe. I am sure I will like it. Beautiful clicks.

  2. Lovely presentation and awesome clicks, very nutritious rolls..

  3. so well made. love frankies and the filling idea is superb.

  4. Virtual delight !! lovely pic ..Paneer stuff is my sons fav

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Yummy rolls,feel like grabbing and having rite now..

  6. Awesome frankie/rols, now I know what to try next when I'm in Mumbai :-) Nice pics n well explained..

  7. I love them :)And I loved the flaky layered chapati and great filling with paneer,miam miam :)

  8. Wow, what a great presentation. I love this roll anytime and I am adoring your roti/paratha making pics, so amazing.

  9. Your frankies are lovely. You've inspired me to try a vegan version someday. Bookmarked!

  10. wow i love them...frankies looks so juicy n tempting...yummy
    Super Yummy Recipes

  11. So yummmmmmy....I was about to eat my screen. Reminds me of Bombay and the Frankie rolls we used to have as a child. Love your photography and am a BIG fan of your writing. Great post!!

  12. I've had Frankie's in Mumbai too!!So yummy!I 've never made them but really tempted to try your recipe :)

  13. Beautiful rolls! I particularly enjoyed the procedure of making them. Thank you for stopping by my blog and your beautiful comments!

  14. These frankies have been in my recipe collection for such a long time yet to blog it - your delicious version reminded me that I have to blog it as well :)

  15. This looks so mouthwatering and delicious!

  16. My kids love these rolls. I never added potato though. Thanks for the tip. Great photography!

  17. Very informative post ...Nice explanation on food combinations... thanks for sharing.!
    chowringhee kathi roll

  18. This roll is new version of stuffed paratha and also easy to make these roll.
    Kathi Roll

  19. Kathiroll is one of my favourites! Yours looks great :) I make it often as i never manage to set paneer properly and get a crumbled one, making it perfect for this! chowringhee kathi roll


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