Mini paneer kathi rolls

Mini paneer kathi rolls
  • Serves icon Make 10 medium-small rolls
  • Time icon Hands-on time 1 hour, plus resting

Anjum Anand’s kathi rolls are inspired by those found at New Delhi’s busy street markets. These easy-to-make rolls are full of flavour and incredibly moreish. The paneer can be swapped for chicken and store-bought wraps can be used if you’re pressed for time.

Ingredients

For the marinade

  • 100g plain yogurt, not too sour
  • 1½ tbsp roughly chopped root ginger (peeled weight)
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • Pinch of garam masala (fresh if possible)
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp concentrated tomato purée
  • Chilli powder, to taste

For the rolls

  • 240g paneer, cut into small fingers 2cm wide x 5cm long
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • A small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Good handful of thinly sliced red onion rings
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the wrap

  • 125g plain flour, plus more to dust
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6–8 tbsp water, or as needed

For the tangy herb chutney

  • 60g coriander leaves and some stalks
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste
  • 20g mint leaves
  • 25g pistachios (shelled weight)
  • ½ garlic clove (optional)
  • 4 tbsp water

Method

  1. Blend together all the ingredients for the marinade. Season to taste with salt. Add the paneer, gently turn the pieces to coat, and leave to marinate as you prepare the dough.
  2. Put the flour in a bowl and pour in the oil, water and a good pinch of salt. Knead together well; it will be a bit squelchy at the beginning but should become lovely and soft without cracks once it is done. Cover with a damp dish towel and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
  3. To make the breads, place a tava or frying pan over a medium heat. Divide the dough into 10 pieces and roll each out on a work surface lightly dusted with flour into a thin, round bread around 13cm in diameter. Dust any excess flour off the bread and place on the pan.
  4. Cook, turning once, until the bread has just a few light brown spots on both sides; it only takes a minute or so. Repeat to cook all the breads, stacking them on a dish towel, covering each with the corners as you go to help keep them soft. (You can also reheat them in some foil in the oven.)
  5. For the chutney blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy; it might take a minute or so. Taste and adjust the seasoning and tang (lemon juice) to taste. Keep in an airtight glass jar in the fridge or freeze until ready to use.
  6. Now back to the rolls. Heat the 2 tbsp oil in a saucepan, add the pepper and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the paneer and all its marinade and cook, stirring often, until the liquid has reduced and you can see oil in the pan, 6–8 minutes or so. You might need to add a splash of water at some point once the pan gets dry. Add the onions and cook for another minute, or until the liquid now just coats the ingredients and is still moist. Take off the heat.
  7. Working quickly, spoon a line of the filling down the centre of each wrap, top with 1 rounded tsp of the chutney, wrap them up and serve hot.

Recipe from I Love India by Anjum Anand (Quadrille £20). Photography by Martin Poole.

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