Sunday, September 23, 2012


        Frankie, a very popular roadside snack in India, is one of my favorites. It is also known as Kathi Roll in other parts of India. We can also call it Indian version of Burrito, as the concept is similar, put the filing in the roti/tortilla and roll it.

Here is a quick and easy recipe:


For the Roti Dough:
  • 2 cups maida
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for kneading
  • Water
For the filing:
  • Bowl of mashed Potatoes
  • Chopped Onions
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Green Chili Paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Garam Masala (optional)
Other Ingredients:
  • Chaat Masala
  • Amchur Powder (Dried Mango powder)
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Chopped Onions
  • Butter to cook


For the dough:
  • Sieve the flour
  • Add the salt and cumin seeds
  • Start kneading the flour, add water as required
  • Make sure the dough is not too hard or too soft. It should be of medium consistency.
  • Take the oil and knead the dough so that it is smooth.
  • Cover with a wet cloth and keep it aside for at least 25-30 mins.
  • Knead the dough and divide into smaller portions about 4-5 dough balls.
  • Roll out each portion of the dough into a small round into approx 8" diameter thin circle
  • Heat a tava/griddle and cook each roti lightly(half cooked) on both sides on a medium flame and keep aside.
Now lets make the filing:
  • Take a medium sized bowl, add the mashed potatoes
  • Add the onion, cilantro, chili paste, salt, lemon juice and garam masala
  • Mix them very well.
  • Heat 1/2 tsp butter on a tava/griddle. 
  • Take 1/4th of the stuffing and make a ball of it, press it gently and place it on the tava.
  • Cook on a medium flame, until it turns light brown in color
  • Now, place one pre-made roti on the tava, using little butter till both sides are fully cooked. 
  • Then, place the roti in a plate. Sprinkle chaat masala and amchur powder evenly on it
  • Place the stuffing in the center of the roti  
  • Top it with cabbage and chopped onions
  • Roll it up tightly.
  • Serve it hot with tomato ketchup

Hope you enjoy the Frankie/Kathi Roll, the famous roadside food of Mumbai. You can also be adventurous and make a different variety of filling. Frankie, in Mumbai, is available in a number of variations like Cheese Frankie, Schezwan Frankie, Manchurian Frankie etc


  1. Can you post some pictures of this?

    1. Hi Abhi,

      Unfortunately, I did not take pictures when I made this recipe. But I will definitely take some pictures the next time I make it, and post them over here. Thanks.


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