Kati Roll

Kati Roll
Indian Street Food

Kati Roll

A street-food dish originating from Kolkata, is wrap containing a filling of lamb enfolded in an Indian flatbread.

The Kathi Roll is perhaps the most famous street food item the city of Kolkata has produced. Invented in the first half of the 20th century its origins can actually be traced back to a single restaurant, known as Nizam’s.

Back then Kolkata was known as Calcutta, and was the capital of the British Empire in India. The story goes that the British did not want to eat kebabs with their hands, so someone at Nizam’s came up with the idea of roll the meat up in a paratha–a crispy, buttery unleavened flatbread–and then serve it in a paper wrapper.

The new snack quickly gained popularity among the masses.

The Kathi Roll derives its name from the practice of using bamboo skewers (kathi), instead of the common iron skewers, to make kebabs.

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