Sunday, 7 December 2014


When Kati Rolls are in, all worries are out!! Yes, I mean it. At my home, someone finishes it in minutes, he who usually takes half an hour to finish a bowl of rice, dal and fish. He also knows mamma will prepare something he loves on  Sundays, more so if the previous day is a working Saturday for mamma dear. Today he visited the kitchen 5 times to enquire whats cooking. The senior sits and watch and murmurs you are spoiling him, at the same time finishes them at a greater pace when served. And the lady thinks the more I learn the art of cooking, the more I jog, I am actually putting up a challenge to the would be daughter-in-law....hey I am there in between before you reach him! Jokes apart, she thinks she will be a very indulgent mom-in-law.....though the senior says she would be the worst mom-in-law, saying she is a control freak. The lady thinks her son will be venturing out in few years, may be will stay thousands of miles away, so there is no question of control then. In fact, that fear of living apart from him makes her spend more time in the kitchen, to see that million dollar smile. Who knows, she may have to see that only through the web some day. Somebody inside said hey, you have come a long way from Kati Rolls....lets go back.
        Kati Rolls are street food actually. Originally, it was a skewer- roasted kebab wrapped in a paratha. Today, mostly any filling made of potato, paneer, chicken or mutton wrapped in a paratha is termed as Kati Roll. Once you land at Kolkata Airport and enter the city, you can see bee line of roll centres at every corner. Making them at home is easy. Prepare a filling of your choice, make your own paratha, wrap with filling and enjoy with lassi[yogurt drink] can we say? This recipe is of Chicken Kati Roll, a filling made of small cubes of chicken slow cooked with few spices until dried and some strips of selected vegetables added to it. Lets proceed to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS :[for the parathas]
All Purpose Flour : 2 coffee mugs
Salt : 1/4 spoon
Sugar : 1/2tsp
Oil : 1tsp for each paratha and 2tbsp to mix with the dough
Water : As required

INGREDIENTS :[for the filling]
Boneless Chicken : 300 gm
Garlic Paste : 2tbsp
Ginger Paste : 1tbsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Garam Masala Powder :1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala : 1tsp
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : 11/2tsp
Onion : 1 big
Capsicum : 1small
Red bell pepper : 1small
Carrot : 1small
Green Chilli : 2
Lemon : 1
Oil : 2tbsp

Wash and cut the chicken into small cubes. Marinate with ginger-garlic paste,red chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder, just as below. Keep aside for 2 hours.

Now cut the onion, capsicum, red bell pepper, carrot into thin strips. Chop the green chillies. Wash them. Marinate with cumin powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala, salt for not more than 5 minutes, just as below.

Heat oil in a wok. Put in the marinated chicken with all the marinade. Give a stir and cover. Reduce heat to minimum. Uncover and stir every 3-4 minutes. No water required as it will be cooked in its own juice. After 10 minutes add the coriander powder, mix well and cover again. When the chicken is almost done and dried, add the garam masala powder. Stir well. Add the marinated vegetables. Mix well and stir for about 3-4 minutes at medium heat. Its done and will look like below.

The filling is ready. Now the dough. Take the the flour in a wide mouthed vessel. Add little salt,1/2 tsp sugar and 2 tbsp oil. Rub well for 3-4 minutes. Now add water little by little and keep on rubbing till a soft but firm dough is formed. This will take about 15 minutes. Cover with a clean cloth for 1/2 an hour. Uncover and rub again for 2-3 minutes. Make balls to make parathas of desired shapes. With help of rolling pins, roll parathas into round shapes. Heat a tawa pan. Put in a paratha, turn sides 2-3 times and pour in 1tsp oil. Fry till light brown and little crispy but soft. Keep onto a  tissue paper to soak any extra oil. This step can be skipped if you prefer to use store bought Paratha.

Now fill in each Paratha with 5-6 pieces of chicken and some  vegetables. Squeeze little lemon juice. Roll up and serve hot with salads and lassi[yogurt drink]. Its as good as lunch.

                                         TEMPTING....AIN'T THEY??....ENJOY!!

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