Kolkata (the city formerly known as Calcutta), is a food obsessed cosmopolitan city. Every meal is a celebration, and of particular relevance is its street food. Of iconic importance are these wrap style creations that are these days sometimes called Kathi Roll. A true blue Kolkatan will never call it such, to them it is simply a roll.
A flaky round of Indian flatbread called paratha, wrapped around chargrilled cubes of meat or white Indian cheese called paneer. In this recipe, however, I have actually created a vegan version using chickpea, just because that is what I needed for the company on hand.
If you want a more indulgent variation you can check out my recipe and post here. http://www.spicechronicles.com/kolkata-style-chickpea-rolls/#sthash.0JZvZ3ZM.dpbs
But, given that this recipe usually works well as is, you may not want to monkey with this creation. —Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice Chronicles
all -purpose flour
whole wheat flour
whole cumin seeds
medium sized onion
fresh grated ginger
freshly ground cumin
freshly ground coriander
freshly ground black pepper
garam masala powder
fresh tomatoes or 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
salt or to taste
medium sized onion, thinly sliced
Serrano chillies, minced
In This Recipe
In a large mixing bowl mix together the all-purpose and whole wheat flour with the salt.
Gradually mix in the 1/3 cup canola oil until well mixed into the dough. Add in the water a little at a time to form pliable and smooth dough. It should not be too wet.
Let the dough rest for 20 minutes or longer in a warm place, you can cook the chickpeas during this time.
To make the filling, heat the oil and add in the cumin and wait until the seeds begin to sizzle. Add in the onions and cook until the onions soften and add in the ginger and the garlic and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Add in the ground cumin, ground coriander, black pepper, garam masala and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the tomatoes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes and mix in the chickpeas and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
Soak the sliced onions for the garnish in the vinegar. Mix in the chopped cilantro and minced chilies in a separate bowl.
Break lime sized pieces of the dough you should get about 10 balls.
Place a heavy bottomed flat griddle (cast iron is a good idea) on the stove and turn on the flame to heat the griddle.
Roll out a ball of dough to a 7 to 8 inch diameter circle. Place the flat dough on the griddle and cook for 2 minutes and turn and after 2 minutes add a little oil around the edges. The bread should puff up and turn crisp with plenty of golden spots.
Turn and add a little more oil and cook for another 30 seconds.
Remove from the heat and add some of the chickpea mixture and the vinegar soaked onions with some cilantro and chilies.
Roll the flatbread and carefully wrap with the parchment paper about halfway across the length of the roll. Fold the extra paper at the bottom to secure the roll and continue all the remaining rolls in the same manner.