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Monday, February 10, 2014

Kolkata Kati Roll


Few Indians know that the Kati Roll which is sold across India started in Kolkata. A small restaurant in Kolkata was famous for their Paratha and Kebab. The British clerks (this is pre-Independence) didn’t like to eat with their hands and get it dirty. Hence the restaurant invented the roll where the kebab was placed inside the paratha and wrapped in paper.

You can make some great Kati roll by using the following

  1. Make Laccha or Flakey Paratha
  2. Make Chicken Tikka

Wrap up the tikka kebab in the paratha along with red-onions, chutney/sauce of your choice.

If you are a little lazy you can just make them from pre-packaged kebabs and paratha. For some ideas visit

If you are even more lazy and visiting Portland head on to Bollywood Theatre. It’s an all American run restaurant and serves kati roll. Even though the roll is not 100% authentic, it’s good nonetheless. Apparently the owner visited India and fell in love with everything Indian. As you can see from the picture below he even plays old Bollywood movies. I found posters of Bengal Lamp and advertisement of quacks who could cure your all “personal” issues adorning the wall. Also I am sure Bengali Movie Phooleshwai is not a Bollywood movie :)


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