I love good food. Yes, have always loved food. I am the only child to my parents so food to me is like a sibling for life. I was raised in a home where we ate authentic South Indian meals all the time. We have rice or rice based dish in almost every meal and we loved it. Somedays rice will be replaced by finger millet, semolina or barley. One fine day, my mom would change the menu and serve chaat or parathas for dinner. It was made sporadically so I would crave for it all the time. Kathi roll is one such dish made once in a while.
Kathi Roll is a popular Indian street food. Crunchy vegetable croquettes or chicken kebab or eggs are nestled inside roti (Indian whole wheat flat bread) smeared with mint chutney. They are topped with shredded vegetables of choice and rolled into a cylinder. It beautifully transforms into a finger food. I have used paneer, potatoes, carrots and zucchini in this recipe. I am hosting dinner for group of colleagues and wanted a menu that represents my land and my food.
Paneer Vegetable Kathi Roll
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large potato, boiled and mashed
- 1/2 cup carrots, grated
- 1/2 cup zucchini
- 1/4 cup paneer, grated
- 1/4 cup besan (or use bread crumbs) plus more if needed
- 1/4 cup rice flour (or use bread crumbs) plus more if needed
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- Oil to fry
For the croquettes / cutlet
- In a large mixing bowl, add mashed potaot, carrots, zucchini and mix them well to combine. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a large cooking pan. Once hot, add the above made vegetable mixture and cook them for 10-15 minutes. They leave loose the moisture and vegetables will roll into a single mass. Remove and let it cool.
- Add paneer, besan, rice flour or bread crumbs, garam masala, ginger-garlic paste, cilantro and salt to the potato mixture. Combine them to form a soft dough. It should be easy to pinch a small amount of dough and roll it into a ball. That should be the consistency of the vegetable mixture.
- Heat oil in a deep dish pan.
- Pinch a small amount of the vegetable mixture and roll them to form small cylinder (as seen in the picture). Store them in a baking dish.