Fankie is one of Mumbai’s favourite street foods. Customized exactly ones tastes and preferences, it is more like a grab on the go snack that is filling, often nutritious, and doesn’t really cost a bomb.
No one really can put a finger on the origin of the name for this dish. Some say that West Indian cricketer Frank Worrell had come to India and fell in love with Kolkata’s Kati rolls. His love for the dish gave it a new name ‘Frankie’.
This origin also leads to the confusion – are a Frankie and Kati roll the same? A food connoisseur would reply that it would be nothing short of a blunder to call the two foods same. They are as different as their place of origin. They are both wraps and do look similar. We can give you that. But what goes inside a Frankie and a Kati roll makes all the difference.
The original Kati roll from Kolkata contains a pre-cooked mixture of vegetables or meat or chicken that is stuffed, seasoned and wrapped into a maida paratha of sorts for easy consumption. A Frankie, on the other hand, is assembled together. It contains a sausage or cutlet that forms as the base but has a slew of toppings and sauces that give the real taste. Though there used to be distinct differences in the outer rotis / parathas for the two, they are now actually more or less the same. Frankies are juicier on the inside than kati rolls because of the slew of sauces that go into making the base taste. Cheese sauce, chipotle chilli sauce and sweet onion sauce are some of the ones that come together to add flavours. A kati roll isn’t as juicy as the filling inside is solid and cooked. Which is why, it is necessary that you wrap a frankie in a plastic wrap before you serve it or the juices will flow out.
Mumbai Frankies come in a variety of flavours. From the plain veg frankie, you have corn cheese frankie, paneer frankie, egg frankie and chicken frankie among favourites.
Frankie needs to be had as soon as it is assembled or the outer roti will soon turn soggy. So it is best to prepare the filling and semi cook the rotis beforehand. When you want to serve, you can fully cook the rotis with butter and do a quick assembly and serve fresh.
- Maida ½ cup
- Whole Wheat flour ½ cup
- Water ¼ cup or as needed
- Salt a pinch or two
- Potatoes 2 (Boiled)
- Peas ½ cup (Boiled)
- Carrot ¼ cup (Finely Chopped)
- Garam Masala Powder ¼ teaspoon
- Chat Masala ¼ teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Red Chilli Powder ½ teaspoon
- Green Chilli 1 (chopped)
- Turmeric Powder ¼ teaspoon
- Cumin Seeds ½ teaspoon
- Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 level teaspoon
- Cabbage ½ cup (Shredded)
- Onion 1 (Thinly Sliced)
- Carrot ¼ cup (Shredded)
- Vinegar 1 teaspoon
- Amchur Powder 2 pinches
- Chat Masala 1 or 2 pinches
- Green Coriander Chutney 2 to 3 tablespoons
- Oil as needed
For the Roti, Knead the maida, whole wheat flour, salt using water as needed.
The dough should be soft. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
Heat a Tawa on low flame. Roll out 4 to 5 rotis as per size preferred. Roast each on low flame till cooked on both sides. Ready all rotis similarly and keep aside.
For the stuffing- Mash the boiled potatoes.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a thick bottom pan and add the cumin seeds and Ginger-Garlic paste. Fry for few seconds till the seeds splutter.
Add the peas, carrots and saute for a couple of minutes.
Add the mashed Potatoes and seasonings like green chilli, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder,chaat masala.
Saute for a few minutes and then shut off the flame.
Let stand till cool enough to roll into 3 to 4 inches cylindrical rolls.
Stir fry them in little oil on an iron tawa or a non-stick pan.
Use up all the mixture to make rolls.
To ready the Frankie, take the salad ingredients like the sliced onion, shredded Cabbage, and carrot.
Sprinkle the chat masala and amchur powder and drizzle the vinegar and toss well.
Assemble the Frankie by taking a roti and then spread about 1 teaspoon of coriander chutney all over.
Place 1 to 2 tablespoon of the salad on the top of the roti. Leave around half inch space on the bottom.
Roll all the roti edges tightly towards the center. Wrap this folded up Roti with an aluminum foil.
This makes it easier to serve. Ready all the Frankies in a similar way.
Serve with any chutney and tomato sauce / Ketchup.
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