You guys know I’m obsessed with paratha right? That delicious, fried, buttery, layered, golden brown flatbread that I can eat by itself because I love it that much. At The Kati Roll Company, I get to enjoy it in the form of…drum roll please…a kati roll–a type of Indian street food. While kati rolls started out as skewer-roasted kebab wrapped in paratha, today it basically means any kind of Indian flatbread wrap with a filling.
At The Kati Roll Company, they have lots of different fillings with various Indian spices that you can have wrapped in either a paratha or a whole wheat roti. Here’s what you can get:
- Unda Roll: layered with grilled eggs
- Aloo Masala Roll: spicy mashed potato with tomatoes and green paper
- Unda Aloo Roll: spicy potato with eggs
- Achari Paneer: Indian farmer’s cheese cubes
- Chana Masala Roll: chick peas with tomatoes
- Mixed-Veggie Roll: beets and assorted vegetable croquette with peanuts and raisins
- Chicken Tikka Roll: grilled chicken cubes marinated in yogurt and spices
- Unda Chicken Roll: chicken tikka roll with eggs
- Beef Tikka Roll: beef top round cubes marinated in yogurt and spices
- Unda Beef Roll: beef tikka roll with eggs
- Shami Kabab Roll: minced-lamb and lenti croquette
- Unda Shami Roll: shami kabab roll with eggs
- Shrimp Masala Roll: grilled tiger shrimp marinated in coconut milk and spices
Each roll comes with their signature lime cilantro chutney and pickled red onions. The menu also includes two salads options, a large and a small.
While I love paneer, I went with the always reliable chicken tikka. Word to the wise: There’s a proper way of eating a kati roll. You hold the roll upright and tear the paper around it as you bite your way down. You know, kind of like how you should eat a Chipotle burrito unless you want all the fillings to go everywhere. The wrap was so flavorful, and when I was finished I regretted not ordering another one. If I didn’t have somewhere to run to right then, I would’ve hopped right back in line to get one more.
Another thing about The Kati Roll Company is that it’s open LATE. At the Greenwich Village location that I went to, it doesn’t close until 2 AM on the weekdays and 5 AM on the weekends. I’m not a student at NYU so I can’t say for sure, but this has to be a popular drunk-food spot with all the students coming home after a night on the town. Quick, cheap (rolls are around $4 to $7), and tasty–what more do you need at 3 in the morning?
Chicken tikka roll
99 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012