Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Curried Vegetable Frankie

If you follow cricket and that too Indian cricket you are probably very happy today. For those of you who don't, the reason for rejoice was provided by heroic Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar who hit the highest ever score of 200 runs in one day cricket. Some feat that was. And it sure made a lot of people proud. It certainly made me proud even though I don't follow cricket as much as I did when I lived in Bombay. Not that I had much of a choice in Bombay. My father, my sister, my neighbors, my friends were all ardent cricket fans. The kind who sat glued to the TV in nail-biting silence as the Indian team battled on. And living where we did, close to Shivaji Park didn't help either. This was and I believe still is the breeding ground for scores of young cricketers. Thousands of cricket matches are played out for an audience of none in particular.

Growing up, Shivaji Park had another attraction. The amazing Tibb's Frankie corner which was close by and provided arguably one of the best street foods ever. The Frankie. Frankie is basically a wrap made with a chappati/paratha which is pan fried and then rolled with a yummy filling. The filling could be potatoes, mixed vegetables or chicken which is drizzled with a sweet and sour chutney, the kind used on top of chaats. I don't think my description does it justice but believe me its really good.

Anyways with Sachin Tendulkar hitting 200 today and kicking up memories of Shivaji Park and frankies, I thought of making this curried vegetable frankie. This being a weeknight meal, I was trying to minimize kitchen time so this is far from authentic. I would like to find an authentic frankie recipe sometime and post it here. But we have to make do with this one for today. And you wont be disappointed when you try it. Here is to you, Sachin!

1/2 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups shredded cabbage/carrots mix
1/2 cup finely chopped green beans
1/2 cup green peas
1 small potato, boiled and mashed
1 and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon red chilli or cayenne powder (reduce for lesser heat)
1/2 teaspoon salt

4 wheat tortillas/frozen parathas

- In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil and add the sliced onion and garlic.
- Saute till onion is transparent.
- Add all the vegetables (thaw if using frozen) and cook till vegetables are tender.
- Add curry powder, cayenne or red chilli powder and salt. Mix well .
- Heat the tortillas or parathas without oil on a skillet and set aside.
- Spoon the vegetable mixture evenly on them and roll.
- Serve with tomato ketchup or a sweet and sour chutney.

Makes 4 wraps.


  1. wraps look yum,brought back bangalore memories,.:-)

  2. i'm afraid if i open my mouth, there will be a deluge in brooklyn!! looks awesome. fantastic blog!

  3. wow what a beautiful click, seems really tasty,would love to have a bite:)

  4. I did not know about Sachin's record- wow, that sounds terrific. And he's so much older than most of his teammates by now.
    The frankie looks so tasty. I loved Tibb's- I don't know what they put in their frankies to make them taste so good.

  5. agreed about Tibb's..such great frankies.
    the frankies here looks so tasty and the clicks do full justice to it.. wouldn't mind a bite..

  6. YEAH! My husband was watching that obsessively y'day, now I know why? ;D

    Love the hald held snack, looks crispy and yummy.

  7. frankies look so delicious, Radhika, and love that click!

    Sachin's record was quite something, wasn't it!

  8. Frankies look tasty..
    cheered the master all the way yesterday..still plays like a 16 year old.
    Thanks for dropping by :-)do keep visiting..

  9. I am not the biggest sports fan but I do love the street food that they serve at the games! This dish is new to me, but I can already tell that it must taste delicious.

  10. They used to put crack in that Frankie - and now my withdrawal symptoms are acting up!

  11. @notyet: Thanks! Amazing how food brings back memories, right?

    @Aditya: Hahaha, thanks!

    @Sushma: thanks! You are always welcome here for a bite!

    @Nupur: thanks and I so wish I could find out!

    @Deepa: thanks! I so love Tibbs!

    @Asha: Thanks! Your husband sounds like my dad!

    @PJ: Thanks! Yes, it was so amazing!

    @Arti: I can just imagine how great it must have been in Bombay!

    @Joanne: Its good but the originals even better!

    @Ipsit: Hahahah

  12. Hey, thanks for dropping by my blog. This is a beautiful post about frankie, sachin, shivaji park and good old bombay!

  13. I finally tried your frankie recipe, with slight variation. It was delicious! Deepak and I loved it :)