Aloo Masala Kati Roll: A healthy, versatile Indian wrap perfect for a snack or quick meal.
This past weekend, we've all been a bit apprehensive about Hurricane Sandy hitting the Northeastern coastline of the United States. In the event this hurricane turns out to be a lot worse than we all imagine, I prepared a bunch of dishes in advance so we would have enough food for the next few days.
One dish I prepared was this Aloo Masala Kati Roll. Kati Rolls have gained immense popularity in New York City and other major cities around the world.
This brilliant concept is similar to that of a Mexican Burrito if you will. Traditionally, the contents of a Kati Roll are made to be filled within a paratha, an Indian flatbread that is pan-fried with oil or butter. However, since I am taking a healthier approach to this creative dish, I opted to use a roti, an Indian bread cooked on a hot pan, instead of a paratha.
Additionally, since I’m not too keen on making homemade rotis, chapatis, or parathas, I picked up a packet of freshly made rotis from my local Indian grocery store. If you don’t have one in your area, feel free to use a Whole Wheat Mexican Wrap or Indian Naan which can be found at most grocery stores, such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.
Lastly, I made a super quick Cilantro Chutney to drizzle over the potatoes; a Mint Chutney would work just as well.
This is a great meal to take on-the-go, and it's incredibly easy to make. It works as a main dish, small meal, or guilt-free midnight snack (I won't tell). Enjoy!
aloo masala kati roll is:
Customizable (switch out the roti, add different veggies)
Good for parties (add them to the dinner spread!)
how to make aloo masala kati roll step by step?
Prepare/Cook the Filling
Start by chopping the garlic, ginger, and onion.
Heat a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add oil, and add mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once the mustard seeds splutter...
Add the cumin seeds and turmeric powder. Stir. After about 10 seconds…
Add the garlic, ginger, and onion. Season with salt. Stir and allow this to cook for 5 minutes on low-heat (dial #3), or until the onions are golden-brown – about 5 minutes.
In the meantime, chop the tomatoes into small cubes
Once the onions are golden brown…
Add the chopped tomato along with salt, red chili powder, and coriander powder.
Stir. Cover with a lid. Allow this to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir once in between to prevent the tomatoes from sticking.
In the meantime, peel 2 potatoes and slice into small cubes.
This is what the onion-tomato mixture should look like. Notice all the water is evaporated and you are left with a paste-like consistency.
Add the cubed potatoes. Season with salt.
Stir to combine. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes on low heat (dial #3). Stir every 4 minutes or so to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
In the meantime, make the Cilantro Chutney using this recipe – I omitted the coconut. Set aside.
Back to the potatoes… this is what you should have after 20 minutes.
Add about a ¼ cup of water to scrape all the goodness at the bottom of the pan. Stir. Cover with a lid and cook another 5 minutes. Turn off the stove.
At this time toast (yes, toast) 2 rotis for about 5 minutes.
Top the roti with potatoes and drizzle a little cilantro chutney. Optional - garnish with cilantro.
Roll into wraps and enjoy. Pretty Uh-mazing, huh?
Aloo Masala Kati Roll with Cilantro ChutneyVegan
- 2 tablespoon sunflower oil
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- pinch asafoetida/hing
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon tumeric powder
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 inch piece ginger, chopped
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder, (use ½ teaspoon for a more mild result)
- 2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- salt, to taste
- ¼ cups water
- fresh cilantro, for garnish, finely chopped
- rotis/chapatis, store-bought or homemade
- cilantro chutney, homemade
Prepare/Cook the Filling
- Start by chopping the garlic, ginger, and onion.
- Heat a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add oil, and add mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once the mustard seeds splutter...
- Add the cumin seeds and turmeric powder. Stir. After about 10 seconds…
- Add the garlic, ginger, and onion. Season with salt. Stir and allow this to cook for 5 minutes on low-heat (dial #3), or until the onions are golden-brown – about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, chop the tomatoes into small cubes
- Once the onions are golden brown…
- Add the chopped tomato along with salt, red chili powder, and coriander powder.
- Stir. Cover with a lid. Allow this to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir once in between to prevent the tomatoes from sticking.
- In the meantime, peel 2 potatoes and slice into small cubes.
- Check on the onion-tomato mixture . You should notice that all the water is evaporated and you are left with a paste-like consistency.
- Add the cubed potatoes. Season with salt.
- Stir to combine. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes on low heat (dial #3). Stir every 4 minutes or so to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- In the meantime, make the Cilantro Chutney – I omitted the coconut. Set aside.
- After 20 minutes, add about a ¼ cup of water to scrape all the goodness at the bottom of the pan. Stir. Cover with a lid and cook another 5 minutes. Turn off the stove.
- At this time toast (yes, toast) 2 rotis for about 5 minutes.
- Top the roti with potatoes and drizzle a little cilantro chutney. Optional - garnish with cilantro.
- Roll into wraps and enjoy. Pretty Uh-mazing, huh?
Glad to see you back, Nisha! I love kathi rolls, especially chicken (naturally without the cilantro)! Your recipe looks yummy...sometimes I like to spread some yogurt on the wrap before adding the filling.
Thinking of you & hope you're keeping safe despite Hurricane Sandy!
PS look out for my post later- it's about Starbucks in Mumbai :)!
These kathi rolls look amazing! The potato stuffing is yummy. I love kathi rolls or frankies. Usually get them when I visit NYC.
I love the Kati Roll Company...I have their shrimp version when I visit NYC. SO amazing. This looks delicious too!
Stay safe...was going to text you early this morning as I watched the Sandy coverage on CNN but wasn't sure if you were awake!
@Khushboo - thanks girlfriend. I love chicken kati rolls too, but I rarely ever cook chicken at home. Yes, yogurt is another good one to add. Thanks.. hope we will all be safe. I checked out your Starbucks post, loved it!!!
@Asmita - yeah, there are a few places in NYC you can't go wrong with. I really enjoy kati rolls as well.
@Ameena - Kati Roll Company is also one of my favorites. My husband raves about their chicken kati roll. I'm gonna definitely try out the shrimp, I've been eyeing it. Thanks so much for the thought.. yeah, knowing me, I was probably still sleeping. 🙂
The Squishy Monster says
there's not a single component to this dish that I dislike...especially the roti! MMMmmmmM!
Parita @ myinnershakti says
Glad to see you are blogging again. 🙂 I've missed your posts! And stay safe over the next few days - I'm keeping you and the entire NE in my thoughts and prayers.
And kati rolls are one of my favorite things. Never thought to make them with rotis - brilliant! Do you ever go to the place in NYC? It's really famous!
This looks like a refreshing delight. I definitely need to try this recipe JC
Guru Uru says
Oh what an incredible meal my friend, thank you - it is nice to have you back 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Amy (Savory Moments) says
These look really delicious. I love all the spices and it looks like a warm, comforting meal.
@The Squishy Monster - thank you. It's pretty yummy!
@Parita - thank you. The damage here is a lot worse than we had all imagined. Very very sad for families who lost everything.
Yes, I've been to the place in NYC, I'm assuming you are talking about the Kati Roll Company. 🙂
@Guru @JC - thanks guys!
@Amy - truly is a warm and comforting meal. Thank you.
bianca f says
it really looks delicious!!
and I'm so hungry right now 🙁 gg
It looks flavorful and delicious.
Would love to have any type of kati roll! fantastic..
Heidi @ Food Doodles says
Yummy! I've never had a kati roll before but it sounds awesome! I need to try this 😀
@bianca @Pam @Deepti - thank you ladies!
@Heidi - Kati Rolls are awesome, very much like a skinnier burrito. 🙂
these rolls look so good. I usually make it with potatoes or chicken wrapped in whole wheat rotis from the indian grocery store 🙂
@Dixya - thanks.. I haven't made Chicken Kati Rolls yet, I just eat them outside.
The idea of having Kati rolls is tentalising in itself, having them in anothe rpart of world is even more charming 😉
They look lovely .. and your step by step pictures are worth a thumbs up !!
@Nupur - yes it is.. thank you. I'm glad you like the step by step pictures.
Kitchen Queen says
First time here. nice space and love kathi roll.
@Kitchen Queen - thank you. Glad you like Kati Roll. 🙂
Subhie Arun says
frst time here ..hapi to follow u...glad if u do the same....
this looks so good! you should try making a paneer kati roll and give us the recipe 😉
bristol plasterers says
This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.