Paneer wrap or paneer kathi rolls or paneer frankie – Looking for a brilliant, fuss-free way to keep your family full and happy at the dinner table? These Indian style wraps filled with spiced paneer and veggies makes a delicious light lunch or dinner. A touch of fresh herbs and a dash of lemon juice turns this into an extraordinary dish.
Have you ever tried kathi rolls? Kathi rolls, also called frankie, are Indian style wraps originated in Kolkata (northern India). Well, you know how much I love classic Indian street food. The good news is that these rolls belong to this category, and can be easily made at home. All you need to do is fill homemade or store bought wraps with your favorite filling and a dash of tomato ketchup. You won’t believe how delicious these rolls are!
To be very honest, these kathi rolls have been on my mind for a while. So, when I finally decided to make one, my first option for the filling was obviously paneer. As I mentioned, totally customizable filling is what makes these rolls special. And paneer or Indian cottage cheese is a much loved ingredient among kids and adults alike.
So, this recipe is all about paneer kathi rolls or paneer frankie or Indian style paneer wrap. While spiced paneer is the star ingredient in these kathi rolls, the texture and flavor of the flatbread also adds an immense depth of deliciousness to the final dish.
Ok, let’s start with the flatbread. Making the homemade version of the flatbreads is super easy. In fact, the one and only skill that you need ‘kneading’. In this recipe, I used a combination of whole wheat flour (also called atta and are available in Indian grocery stores) and all-purpose flour. Knead the flours into a soft dough. Simple, right? However, when you are time-poor, you can swap the homemade version with store bought rotis or even tortillas.
Next up, cook paneer. And here’s how you make this super quick and easy paneer filling for this paneer wrap. Again, I chose the homemade path, and made paneer from scratch. Whether you make your own paneer or prefer the frozen version, remember to chop them into small cubes to make the rolling process easier. To make the filling for paneer wrap, paneer cubes are cooked in a medley of spices and your favorite veggies.
Once the filling is ready, roll out the flatbreads, and cook them on the stove top. Make sure you store the flatbreads in an airtight container, or cover with a kitchen towel. Basically, you can make both the flatbreads and the paneer filling ahead of time.
Now, all that’s left to do is adding the filling to the flatbreads, and making delicious kathi rolls. Take each flatbread, spread with a dash of tomato ketchup, place a few tablespoons of the filling, and roll. Done!! Maximum flavor with minimal effort! In other words, this paneer wrap (kathi roll) is one the simplest meals you could ever make!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp oil
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 tsp minced ginger (ginger paste)
- 1 tsp minced garlic (garlic paste)
- 1 green chili, chopped (optional)
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric (turmeric powder)
- 2 tsp ground coriander (coriander powder)
- ¼ tsp ground cumin (cumin powder)
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 small bell pepper(capsicum), sliced
- 1 small carrot, sliced
- 200g paneer, cut into cubes
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ¼ cup chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves
- ½ tsp chat masala
- Tomato sauce (ketchup)
- Place whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour in a large bowl. Add oil. Season with salt. Using your fingertips, mix flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add water little by little, and knead to form soft dough. Apply a little oil on the dough. Cover with a tight lid, or a clean tea towel. Let it rest for 10 mins.
- Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Take each portion, roll into a ball, slightly flatten with the palm of your hand, and dust with flour. Roll out into a circle. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Heat a pan or tawa over medium-high heat. Cook the wraps applying a little oil on both sides. Store the wraps in an airtight container or cover with a clean tea towel until ready to use.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until onions turn soft and translucent. Add minced ginger, garlic and green chilies(if using). Sauté for one minute or until aromatic.
- Add turmeric, cumin, coriander and red chili powder. Sauté for a minute. Add veggies. Sauté for 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in paneer. Season with salt. Add garam masala and coriander leaves. Sauté for another minute. Remove from heat. Set aside.
- Smear tomato sauce on one side of the wraps. Place 3 tbsp of paneer filling on one side of the wrap. Sprinkle with a pinch of chat masala. Roll. Secure with a baking paper and kitchen twine if you like.
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