The original Kathi roll is a street food from Kolkata. This legendary dish has taken on many avatars since and has evolved into a versatile snack popular all over India. Kathi rolls are a great way to jazz up boring meals. The best part is there are no rules. While street food dishes out less healthier options, (read fat drenched, artery clogging, refined flour) we need not fret at all. We can easily make these at our homes using much healthier alternatives too.
To begin with, I always use organic whole wheat flour for the rotis. I normally have a stock of home made skim milk paneer in the freezer as well. This 5 minute 3 pepper paneer curry is my go-to recipe when hard pressed for time. Throw in a few salad vegetables and some fresh lettuce, and a wholesome meal / snack / appetiser is ready. Cremica’s Korma Sandwich Mayo came in handy this time around. This was part of our goodie bags at the IFBM.
Now, I am no friend to convenience foods or ready to eat products. While I am all for economic growth, feeding on chemicals which get added to foods to increase shelf life or flavour or taste, is really not up my alley. In this recipe, I have used the Cremica sandwich spread. It is definitely handy and does zing up the roll. However, you can choose to omit or replace with a different home made spread too.
You could hop over to these blogs to view their favourite kathi roll recipes as well.
Here is how I assembled my kathi roll last week. Helped to satiate the hunger pangs of the teen and the tween. Ticked all boxes - flavour, crunch, health, easy assembling . Need I say more?
- Contains wheat and dairy.
- NOT suitable for gluten intolerant or lactose intolerant people.
- Can be made dairy free by substituting paneer with tofu.
- Does NOT contain egg, corn, soya or nuts.
Preparation Time – 20 minutes, Cooking Time – 30 minutes, Serves – 3-4.
Skillet, Rolling Pin, Shallow steel mixing bowl, Plates to assemble
- 2 cups Whole wheat flour + extra for dusting
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup Water (more or less depending on flour)
- 1 tsp Oil
- 1 recipe 5 minute 3 Pepper Paneer Curry
- 10-15 leaves of leafy lettuce or Romaine Lettuce
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced into semi circles
- About 6 tsp of Mrs. Bector’s Cremica Korma Sandwich Mayo
- Take a shallow steel mixing bowl. Place the flour and salt in the bowl. Mix the salt and whole wheat flour with finger tips. Drizzle water slowly and knead into a smooth dough. You may need more or less water depending on type of flour. I used 24 Mantra Organic whole wheat flour. Once dough is smooth, gather into a ball. Press the top of the ball with thumb. The dough should spring back. If not, knead again for a minute or more and check again. Grease the dough all around with 1/2 tsp oil, cover and leave to rest in a cool place for half an hour.
- Pinch or cut out equal portions of the dough. 2 cups of flour can make 8-10 balls depending on the size you cut.
- Roll out each ball into thin flat round.
- Heat a flat iron griddle / skillet. Place the roti on the skillet. Turn around when brown spots appear on one side. Cook both sides of roti well taking care to adjust flame and not burn, smear with a few drops of oil if you wish. Remove to a platter. Repeat with all the balls of dough. Set the rotis aside.
- Rinse the lettuce well and drop in chilled ice water.
- Follow the recipe for the 5 minute 3 pepper paneer curry. Set aside.
- Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds if any and slice into thin semi circles.
- Assemble the kathi roll just before eating.
- Smear the sandwich mayo around the roll leaving a cm around the sides free.
- Place the paneer curry, cucumber slices as shown in picture.
- Drain the lettuce, shake well, tear up and add them along to the roti too.
- Wrap the roti inward from both sides, secure with toothpick if needed, and enjoy!
While the individual components of this roll can be made ahead, the roll is best assembled just before consuming. It does get soggy in half an hour. So it may not work well in a packed school lunch box. It does make a great after school snack. You could also prepare and pack the different components of the rolls separately and assemble at a picnic.
Dear friends, How do you like your rolls / wrap / frankie / meals on the go? Would you make it any other way? I would love to hear from all. Please do write in at my facebook page here or in the comments section below.
Till next time, eat healthy, stay happy.