Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kati Roll

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Ingredients:

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)
Salt

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 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)

Method:

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!

27 comments:

  1. Pretty pictures n katti rolls looks super yum

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  2. Wow that sounds like a perfect trip, Prerna! So glad your family had such a lovely celebration for your little girl's birthday. Lovely recipe and clicks here. I especially like the 2nd to last photo, where the glistening chutney is making me drool.

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  3. that definitely looks and sounds awesome more than anything :)
    whenever i crave kati roll we go to this place called kati roll company here in london and gorge on the most yummiest of kati rolls:)
    glad to know u had an awesome holiday

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous kati rolls! Your photographs are stunning!

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  5. great to hear that you enjoyed the first birthday trip with the little one. the kathi rolls look super scrumptious. love the way you presented it with fabulous pictures.

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  6. These look SO good! I wanna throw a dinner party where I serve like ten different kinds of kati rolls. And I'm so glad you guys had a good trip. Good on you for making a cake and bringing it. Most store cakes me gag! :)

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  7. Lip smacking recipe and equally delicious photography..very chic!!!

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  8. Lovely, lovely blog and recipes. I'll keep track of you from now on.

    Thanks!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  9. Hi! I am new to your blog! I just recently started cooking Indian food. I know I am a terrible Indian child. But I am excited to learn and try new things. I will definitely be making this for sure.

    I hope it impresses my parents!

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  10. The marinade sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I had rolls in India all the time and still dream about the rolls at Badshah outside New Market in Calcutta. Those were the best. Although there was a joint on Park Street that had it happening too.

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  11. glad that you had a great holiday!....oh gorgeous and delicious kati roll :)

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  12. wow i am so glad i came across your blog! it's absolutely beautiful and so is this recipe!

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  13. I actually hadnt heard of it. But the kati rolls sound delicious!

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  14. Sounds like such a lovely trip! I like the idea of doing a trip for each birthday, so special.

    These wraps look amazing, especially the vibrant green of the chutney. Definitely bookmarking these.

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  15. Hi Prerna...
    You have a wonderful blog and beautiful pictures to drool at.
    The kathi rolls are awesome ..

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  16. As usual Prerna I can literally eat the kati roll of my screen! Love that you use wheat tortillas ;) that shortcut always works

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  17. Love it! Beautiful photos as always...but if only that one photo had a bottle of Thums Up instead! :)

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  18. Thanks a lot you guys! You are all AWESOME!

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  19. Love these Prema, totally! Gorgeous pictures too.

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  20. I'm fallin in love with your blog, I linked to this post today!

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  21. you made Indian food so much easier to understand and comprehend! I mean, the recipe is easy enough for me to do!!

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  22. I made kati rolls yday nite for dinner and they were delicious. Thx for such a lovely and easy recipe.


    Recent reader of your blog :)

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  23. A kati roll from chicken? This is SACRILEGE - Everyone knows good kati rolls are made with mutton

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  24. Wow that looks delish....i have a (stupid) question :)...when u say cook in the oven then do u bake it or set it under broil settings....

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  25. Neha- You have to put your oven to bake setting.

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