Being the big-time lover of vegetable rolls aka frankies that I am, it is surprising that I never tried making it at home. It was always something we grabbed from a fast-food outlet, out of home.
Recently, though, full of enthusiasm, I attempted aloo frankies in my home kitchen. I was amply rewarded for my enthusiasm. The frankies turned out delicious, much loved by everyone at home.
Ingredients (for 2 people) and proceedure:
For the rotis:
About 1 cup of wheat flour
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon + 2 tablespoons oil
1. Take the wheat flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the 1 tablespoon of oil and the salt.
2. Add the required amount of warm water, and knead into a soft, pliable dough that is not too sticky. Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.
3. Fashion the dough into large-ish balls. The above quantity will give you about 6 balls.
4. Knead the balls into thick rotis (parathas) and cook them on a roti tawa with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Keep aside.
For the stuffing:
2 large-sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
A handful of shelled green peas
1 small-sized onion, chopped finely
1 small-sized carrot, peeled and grated finely
1 small-sized capsicum, chopped finely
1 tablespoon oil
Salt, to taste
Red chilli powder, to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1. Heat the oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add the onions and saute for about 2 minutes.
2. Now add the capsicum. Saute for 2 more minutes, or till the capsicum is partially cooked.
3. Now, add the shelled green peas and grated carrot. Saute till the vegetables look cooked.
4. Add the boiled and mashed potato, turmeric powder, salt and chilli powder to taste. Mix well. Let everything cook together for a minute or so. Switch off the gas and let the stuffing cool down a bit.
For the spread:
1-1/2 cups of thick curd, hung in a thin muslin cloth for a couple of hours
A few black, pitted olives in brine, chopped finely
A few pickled jalapenos, chopped finely
1 small onion, chopped finely
A few stalks of fresh coriander leaves, chopped finely
Salt, to taste
3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
Chilli powder, to taste
1. Mix all the ingredients for the spread together, in a large mixing bowl.
2. Check for seasonings and add whatever is required. Keep aside.
1. Take a roti and spread with a little of the hung-curd mixture.
2. Place the potato filling in the centre of the roti, length-wise. Roll up the roti.
3. Prepare all the rotis similarly.
4. If required, heat up the rolls on the roti tawa or in the oven before serving.
Please do share your favourite recipes for rolls or frankies! I’m all ears!