Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kati Roll / Kathi roll

I wonder why me and my friend invariably bring up food during our morning walks,now Now I  know why the walk is not effective ;) It was during one such morning walks we lightly touched upon ,Kati Rolls  in mid town Manhattan.A very popular place for a variety of kati rolls. It is more like a hole in the wall and  kati loyals mostly come  here for take away. My friend brought  this up very lightly not realizing that one day I was to become a die-hard fan of Kati Rolls. Honestly trips to the city are now insipid without Kati Rolls. Good news is this place stays open till 5:am on Fridays & Saturdays Ta-da :)

Can I write some more on the origin of the scintillating  Kati Roll .Hm mm Kati rolls originated as a street food in Calcutta. The roll probably started as a convenient and portable food for the British babu's who were  too fastidious to touch the kebab's . Originally Kati used to be heavy cast iron skewers used by the nizams for grilling kebab's ,later the nizam's discontinued the use of these for bamboo skewers . These in bengali stand for kati or stick . Hence the name kati  soon stuck.

 Traditionally a kati roll is a kati kebab wrapped in a layered parantha for which  the dough  is kneaded  into a rope and then coiled into a round  pattie and then flattened with a rolling pin . Cooked on a tawa/griddle with a pat of oil . Source wiki

I am writing this post after a satiating Kati Roll feast and I can very proudly say that I have to a great extent  succeeded in replicating the Kati Roll company's recipe . Hooray !!!

P.S Mahir, this one is for you , for deligently and zealously reading my posts even on your business trips:) I love you !!!

Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for Paneer Kebabs
Cottage Cheese/paneer : 1 pound cut into 2 inch pieces
bell pepper : 1 cut into 2 inch pieces, without seeds
Onion: 1 medium cut into 2 inch pieces
Oil: 2 tbsp
Hung Curd : 1/2 cup
Mustard oil: 1 tbsp
Chaat masala: 1 tbsp
garam masala: 1tsp
Fenugreek leaves roasted and powdered: 1 tsp
Red kashmiri pepper: 1 tbsp or as per taste (it is deep red in color and mild )
Mango powder: 1 tsp
Lemon juice: 2 tbsp

1. Take all the ingredients except paneer ,onion and bell pepper and mix well,now add the paneer and marinate this for 1/2 hour at least.
2. In a kadai heat oil ,when hot add onions and bell peppers and saute for a couple minutes. Now add the marinated paneer and saute for 3 -4 minutes. Keep aside.

Ingredients For rolls:
Whole wheat flour: 2 cups
2% milk: Enough to knead the flour
salt: 1 tsp

1.take the flour add salt and knead the flour and let it sit covered in a pat dry kitchen towel in a warm place for 15 minutes.
2. take a generous amount of dough to roll out a parantha,spread a tsp of oil and sprinkle flour on it, and fold it to roll it out again in a circle or square
3. Cook this on the griddle and use a brush to oil it on both sides,make it crisp till you see brown spots on the parantha.
4.Put this on  a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Now spread green mint& corriander chutney. take  3-4 paneer kebab  pieces along with bell peppers and onions and spread them evenly in the centre forming a thin strip. Now fold the roll and wrap the bottom half with a parchment paper or aluminium foil and enjoy this super delicious kati roll.

Note: Kati rolls are made with numerous fillings. To add some crunch you can use lettuce and thin strips of carrots.
I substituted sweet peppers for bell peppers.
You can add some ginger & garlic.
To save time you can substitute fat free greek Yogurt for hung curd,it is very thick and coats well.


  1. Kavita, what a beauty these rolls are....I just want to grab one roll.....and thanks for the information.

  2. Kavita-I've never had these amazingly delicious rolls. They look so yummy...and as always. love all your spices.

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  3. A yummilicious kati roll!!! Sure to include it in our weekend menu!!

  4. Yummm!!cant take my eyes from the clicks, irresistible kati rolls.

  5. Love them anytime...looks really yummy..

  6. These rolls look so good Kavita! Perfect for a road trip :)

  7. Hi Kavi,

    Beautiful kathi rolls dear...:)



  8. These are so tempting, great filling and love its vibrant color...

  9. Awesome kathi rolls..Just had my lunch, but I am hungry again..:)

    US Masala

  10. That is so beautiful and tempting, makes me hungry,love this anytime.

  11. These look delicious! I am so glad I found your blog, I love Indian food and it will be so great to learn how to make more of it at home.

  12. I liked the idea of making a square roti for the kati roll...looks yummy.

  13. At first glance i thought these were Chicken kebabs:)Paneer Kebabs looks realy colorful with Red kashmiri pepper:) Perfect Meal!!!

  14. YUmmy yummy kathi rolls Kavi...ahh i love that colors...

  15. oh wow! this one is a sure bookmark for me :)

  16. Kavita,those rolls are so tempting...look stunning! How I wish to fly myself to the other coast to have a bite :)!!!

  17. Wow! Just wow these rolls look Kavita! Its luking sooo delicious! Yumm!! Lovely space u got here! happy to b ur follwer! :)

  18. Paneer looks absolutely delicious ,love the color.You have amazing collection of recipes.

  19. I made this recipe and it turned out super. Thanks for posting such a lovely recipe. Do come over and check it out on my blog. Love your blog too...


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