Chicken roll is one of the most famous street food in Kolkata. Flaky paratha with chicken stuffing, tomato sauce in the middle, hint of lemon – I mean what is there not to like, right? And it used to be very cheap. I think still you can get a Chicken roll in Kolkata for around Rs. 40-50. There were numerous occasions when I decided to go for a chicken roll while coming back from tuition because I didn’t like what was there at home for dinner. It was all I could afford with my pocket money.
Here’s my adaptation of the Kolkata Chicken Roll.
- Paratha, preferably lachha paratha, 2 pieces
- 2 eggs, beaten (optional)
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- Half cucumber, thinly sliced
- 200 grams boneless chicken, cubed
- 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp red chilly powder
- 1 tbsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp garam masala or tandoori masala
- 1/4 cup curd
- Green chilly, as per your preference
- Tomato sauce
- Chilly sauce
- Chaat masala
- Lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- Start with marinating the chicken. In a bowl, take the curd and beat it well. Make sure there’s no lump in it. Then add the spices – ginger garlic paste, turmeric, red chilly, cumin, coriander and garam masala. Add salt and a tbsp of lemon juice. Mix them well. Then add the chicken pieces and ensure all pieces are coated well in the marinate. Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes minimum.
- Next, if you are making paratha, make the dough and let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Then roll them out and fry them. If I am making these on a weekday, I like to go for ready to eat paratha. I never liked readymade paratha before, but then I found this brand, ID Paratha and their Malabar paratha is really good. So if it tastes good, I don’t mind taking the cheat route to be honest. In Mumbai, I find them in Nature’s Basket and Dmart. Do try them if you can get a hold of these. It definitely makes life a lot easier on a busy day.
- If you are using egg, add the beaten egg while frying the parathas.
- Once the chicken is marinated properly, it’s time to cook them. Heat oil in a pan and add the chicken pieces. Add a bit of onion pieces as well. I add the marinated juice as well. Initially it will be watery but cook it until all the liquid is completely evaporated and the chicken is nicely cooked. You can also fry them in a grill. If doing so, just put the chicken pieces and fry them.
- Now it’s time to assemble the roll.
- Put the paratha on a clean chopping board. First add tomato sauce to one side of the paratha and then add the chilli sauce. Adjust the quantity of chilli sauce as per your preference for heat. If you are like me and don’t like a lot of heat, you can simply use Maggi Hot & Sweet sauce instead of two separate sauce. Now put the chicken pieces in a line on the sauce. Add the onion slices and the cucumber. I put less cucumber and more onions. Add pieces of green chilly if you want. Now sprinkle some lemon juice on the chicken pieces and some chaat masala. Roll the paratha carefully. Wrap them in a parchment paper for the real street food feeling. Enjoy.