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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Vegetable "Frankie"...Going to the Sandwich Festival 2008.... And 2 awards..:)

My yummy, delicious mumbaiya style Frankies are all set to leave for the Sandwich Festival 2008 hosted by sweet Anupama of Food-n-More. I hope Frankies accomodations are made... Have to mail Anupama... about their arrival...hmmm....

Frankie what a name for a food item.. and Why "frankie".. is what I thought when I tried this one at a sweet friend's place say around 12 yrs back... yeah that long back..... This item was introduced to me by my sweet school mate and buddy Charmi.....who is No more with us.Unfortunately, we lost her in a road accident 4 years back. This recipe reminds me of her. She was such a lovely girl...always happy, bubbling with energy and sooo creative. She was a great cook and an amazing interior decorator. She would have had an amazing future... but guess god had other things in store for her... and she left us all grieving behind her. Hmmm... Miss u Charms..

I dedicate this post and this recipe to my lovely friend Charmi Shah. I remember the day she taught me to make this... the way she explained me about the minute details..... and answered all my nasty whysss....and all the time I was thinking y the name Frankie......

I tried to search the net for the origin of Frankies... but I got the origin of the name Frankie... Hmm anyways wts with the name....right? The recipe is so simple and awesome... that u will forget about the name anyways...hehe:P Frankie is a simple wrap filled with any kind of filling u desire, cheese, paneer, chicken, eggs, fresh vegetables... anything. The recipe I am sharing is the Mumbaiya style Vegetable Frankie....which I learnt in a Gujrati home.

To make these You need :

For the rotis

Maida (All purpose flour) - 1 cup

salt to taste

Oil - 2 tsp

Lukewarm water

For the Filling

Tomatoes - 1 Finely chopped

Capsicum (green bell pepper) - 1 Finely chopped

Potato - 1 boiled and cubed

Carrot - 1 made into thin julians

Onions - 1 medium finely chopped

Red bell pepper - 2 tbsp finely chopped (optional)

Cabbage - 2tbsp shredded (optional)

Fresh Coriander leaves for garnish

Fresh mint leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped (optional)

Salt to taste

Lemon juice - 3 tsp

Tamarind and dates Chutney* - 1/2 cup

Green chilli sauce / green chutney - 1/2 cup

Method :

For making the rotis - Take the lukewarm water in a bowl and add salt and oil to it. Mix it well. Now add the flour to it and make into a nice and smooth dough. Add water or flour as required. Keep aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minute roll the dough into small lemon size balls and make them into small chapatis/ rotis/circles.

Heat the tava and cook the roti onlu on one side. Don't flip the roti. Pour oil around the roti. Lift up the edge of the roti lightly to check if its cooked well. If u see light brown spots.. your roti is ready... remove from flame. Store in a tissue lined box or plate. Cover it with a plate to keep the rotis soft.Do this with all the balls and keep aside. You may even make these roti before hand and freeze them.You may also use store bought wheat or corn tortillas to save time. You may alternatively also use left over chapatis for this.when using left over chapati you may skip the one side cooking step.

Roti cooking on one side.

For the filling : put all the chopped vegetables in one bowl and mix well. Add the salt and lemon juice and garnish with fresh coriander and mint leaves. mix well once again. Your filling is ready. Now we go to the assembly of the wraps.

Heat the tava... Place the uncooked side of the roti on the tava. Pour oil around the roti and cook it it sim/low heat. Now place a spoonful or 2 of the filling in centre of the roti. Top it with some Tamarind chutney and green chilli sauce... according to ur taste. Fold the either sides of the roti in an overlapping manner. Remove from the tava and serve hot with Tomato Ketchup.

Your Mumbaiya style vegetable frankies are ready.

P:S:- Tamarind chutney can be made in jiffy. What I do is.... I mix some tamarind concentrate in a pan along with some water and bring it to boil. Add sugar to it... (u decide whow sweet u want ur chutney to be..) and mix well till it thickens a bit.... your instant tamarind chutney is ready... and it taste awesome...:)

So my Frankies have finished their Packing and are ready to leave for their Sandwich Festival 2008. Hey Frankies.....Hope u guys enjoy and get lotsa appreciation. Behave like good kids and let me hear everyone say that to u guys...(just some motherly love u see....:D ).. Off u go now...!

Enjoy them hot with Tomato Ketchup...:)

"Thank you charmi for teaching me this lovely recipe. I miss u everytime I make this. May Your soul rest in peace. "

Its Award Time...!

Yipppeeee.... I got 2 more awards.... now I am on top of the world....:) Thank u friends for appreciating all my efforts and to encourage me throughout. Your lovely words make me do more and more. :) Thank you Madhuram and Ranji for passing this Award to me...:) I am so delighted... I can't explain it in words...:) Thank you so much for thinking of me...:)

“Nice Matters Award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world.”

I would Like to pass this award to all my fellow bloggers. Every blog is lovely and nice in its own way and I dunno how I can just select amongst them...This award goes to all my fellow bloggers... You guys rocks and each and everyone of u Inspire me in your special way.. Love all u guys...:)

Congrats buddies...:) Keep the nice work on...:D


Laavanya said...

Subha, thanks for dropping by my blog and introducing yours to me... I recently had a schezwan paneer Frankie in Madras and loved it! Thanks for the detailed steps for this veggie frankie - looks great.

Unknown said...

Looks like burritos..cute entry

Sagari said...

beautiful wraps subha

ranji said...

ooooooo the wraps look delcious!!!love them...tepting photos too...u very deserved ur awards congrats:)

Dori said...

That's a sweet post to remember your friend and the Frankie's look delicious!

TBC said...

I always associate this with my college days. This was a favorite at the canteen.

Uma said...

lovely wraps, shubha. Congrats on the award.

Suganya said...

Hi Shubha...
That was a nice post. Love frankies sold on the door steps of Globus(chennai). This recipe takes me to that memory. Love it... Congrats on the award.

Hetal said...

yummy franky.......mumbai ki yaad dila di..Congrats for the well deserved awards..

Trupti said...

nice frankies Shubha & congrats on award.. enjoy your awards

Shri said...

yummy wraps..Congrats for your award shubha..you are really nice.

notyet100 said...


DK said...

Ur frankies luk perfect. Great entry. Congrats on the awards :)

Rachel said...

This is one dish that can be stuffed with varied fillings.... love your frankie....

Swati Raman Garg said...

i lovee frankies from my mumbai days... but urs looks healthy....:)

delhibelle said...

Shubha, kya mast frankies banaye yaar tumne..they look exactly like the Tibbs frankies from Bombay, only healthier:)

Aditi..............:) said...

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Arundathi said...

I love frankies too - we used to get great ones here, but the art seems to be forgotten. congrats!

Alpa said...

i love frankies! They look delicious! you made them a little differently than i do, so i will try out your version soon! That was a really touching post about charmi :)

bee said...

i remember the frankies on linking road and at colaba. they always had egg in them, though.

Felcy said...

Frankies reminds me of chennai... Nice pics..

mackereltabby said...

Thanks for the recipe!

If I had to take a stab at the origin, it would be from "Frankfurter" which is another word for "hot dog" in the U.S. I've had vege "hot dogs" which just a pile of vegetables on a bun with no meat.

Anonymous said...

I am gonna try this recipe soooonnn!!
Thanks to Charmi and you !!

kanthi said...

Lovely frankies,so attractive and healthy too..