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I grew up eating in cars. As a little kid visiting Karachi from Jeddah my vacations were punctuated by trips to Boat Basin. As a teen living in Karachi my Boat Basin loyalties became divided as I discovered the magic Chicken Paratha Rolls. That slightly crisp fried poori paratha stuffed with spiced mirchi chicken, the slightly oozy chutneys, the crisp onions. That was my jam. I could eat two, no problem. God bless the metabolism that allowed me to. Over and over again.
- Course: Main Course
- Cuisine: Pakistani
- Recipes By: Flour And Spice
- 6 Store-bought parathas cooked per package instructions (4 if you like very stuffed rolls)
Marinade for Chicken:
- 1 lb Chicken
- ½ cup Yogurt
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice (half a lemon)
- 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1.5 tsp Ginger Paste
- 1.5 tsp Garlic Paste
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- 1 tsp Green Chili Paste (or 2-3 minced green chilies)
- 1 tsp Cumin Powder
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 piece of coal for smoking (optional)
- Oil for cooking and/or soaked wooden skewers if barbecuing
- Cut the chicken into one inch pieces and add in all the marinade ingredients and leave for a minimum of 2 hours and up to overnight. Tip: if you have less time to marinade then make your chicken pieces smaller.
- Heat a saute pan and add 2-3 tbsp of oil, cook the chicken sauteeing occasionally until cooked through. If grilling the chicken then simply thread it onto presoaked wooden skewers and grill for a few minutes on each side until cooked through.
- Heat a piece of coal until you can see hot red spots. Then place the coal on a piece of oil (or an onion skin) inside your sauté pan, drizzle with a little oil and immediately cover the dish with an airtight lid until the smoke dissipates.
- Combine ½ the yoghurt (½ a cup) and all the chutney ingredients in a mini blender and puree. Stir in the remaining yoghurt – this prevent your chutney from getting too watery. Adjust seasoning to taste – this chutney should be spicy.
- Thinly slice your onion and soak in cold water for 30 minutes to get rid of any bitterness
- Drain then mix in the mint.
- Place your paratha on a clean surface, create a line of chicken pieces, layer on the onion mix, and then the chutney. Roll up the paratha and wrap in foil/paper and serve with extra chutney on the side. Fries and Garlic Mayo (recipe in post) are always welcome!
- You can reheat a wrapped paratha roll in the oven to really yummy effect!
- Servings: I usually comfortably get 6 rolls from this recipe – if you want thicker rolls then you can certainly add more chicken to your roll, but be careful when rolling.
- Paratha: The best store-bought parathas for these rolls are the white flaky kind, not the darker homestyle parathas.