Saturday, September 4, 2010
We came back home from an awesome trip celebrating our li'l one's first birthday and it was GREAT!! I was sooo glad to see all your best wishes coming every time I got an opportunity to check my blog. Thanks so much! The li'l one just adores animals. So we decided to take her a bit closer to them this time and see how she reacts when she sees animals (other than mommy n daddy) and she just had a blast. I made a simple cake for her which had to survive hours of drive then two days and nights in a hotel room to be able to cut on her birthday. She loved the cake, she loved the zoo, she loved doughnuts and we all had a perfect birthday trip. I think we will be doing such birthday trips until she's grown up enough to be embarrassed about taking trips with us!
Just like every great thing comes to an end so did this trip! We came back home a couple days back to a living room full of toys scattered around, a dishwasher full of dirty dishes which I forgot to switch on before leaving and a fridge full of...uuuuh..nothing! Except a bottle of milk gone bad, a couple tomatoes from last week's tomato dal and a few tortillas. But I had to do something specially for my friends from the US who are looking for something great for the labor day. So I made Kati Roll.
I'm sure a lot of you must have at least heard of it if not tasted one yet. For those who are not aware what a Kati Roll is, its an Indian form of a wrap. You can find these easily anywhere in India (especially North India) from local street vendors to high end restaurants.
Normally Kati Rolls are made with marinated chicken or vegetables cooked on a skillet and then served with some green chutney wrapped in parathas. Some people add a layer of cooked eggs. It tastes divine and is a great Indian fast food. I tried making them a bit lighter though and also more accessible. So I baked the chicken and instead of wrapping them in parathas I used whole wheat tortillas. And trust me, taste was still the same but the experience guilt free!
If you are a vegetarian you can substitute chicken with paneer or tofu and if you don't have even that handy just use some vegetables and marinate them like I did with my chicken. Then smear green chutney over it, throw all the stuff in, wrap it and eat it. That's what I love about wraps - you can use whatever you want. Cheese, avocado, lettuce or whatever strikes your fancy although I wanted to keep mine more Indian.
For the chicken marination:
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste (if you don't find the paste easily, you can also add powder)
1 tsp degi mirch (its kind of an Indian cayenne pepper, only not as hot and gives the marinade a nice red color. If you are not that crazy about the color just add cayenne pepper according to your taste)
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/4 cup yogurt (full fat or low fat whichever you prefer)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp tandoori powder (optional)
For the wrap:
5-6 whole wheat tortilla
1/4 cup sliced onion
1/4 cup sliced tomato
1/4 cup green chutney
a little chat masala (optional)
1 lime (optional)
First to marinate the chicken, mix all the ingredients together and pour them over the chicken. Give the chicken long little cuts for the marinade to penetrate and mix well. Let it marinate for at-least a half hour and at most 24 hours.
Pre heat the oven upto 400° F.
Place the marinated chicken on a baking sheet, spray a little bit of cooking spray and cook for 20-25 minutes or until clear juice runs out.
When the chicken is cooked well, take it out from the oven and cover with aluminum wrap for it to rest for about 5 mins. This makes the chicken juicier.
Slice chicken, onion and tomatoes.
Now for the wrap you can either use plain parathas or naan or whole wheat tortillas like I did. Heat them over a skillet.
Smear a thin layer of green chutney and place chicken, sliced onion, tomato & a squirt of lime juice and a pinch of chat masala if you want.
Make a tight wrap and cover with paper or aluminum wrap.
Enjoy it with soda or chilled beer! Have a happy labors day everyone!
Posted by Prerna at 1:08 PM