Kolkata Egg Roll

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

While most of you are on your detox diet, I am in the mood for street food. Lip smacking, tantalizing, always so colorful street food! I am clearly breaking all the rules here but trust me, you will love this roll and maybe, you will end up breaking the rule too.

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

Whenever we talk of egg roll, we tend to instantly think of the deep-fried Chinese egg roll. But what I have here is unique to Kolkata and hence the name, Kolkata Egg Roll. These wraps are probably one of the most famous street foods of this region. They can be found in every other alley of the city, typically sold on street carts or little corner shops. Casually wrapped in a torn newspaper and served hot with ketchup on the side.

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

There are different versions of this wrap, sometimes filled with veggies and sometimes with chicken. I have always preferred the simplest form with just onion and cucumber filling and then topped with some ketchup for that zing! Although it can be categorized as a snack, it’s quite filling and can easily become your go-to busy day lunch.

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

Some of you might have noticed already that few images have been photographed using phone camera. Few weeks back, I had received a shiny ASUS ZenFone2 Laser for review. As a food photographer, I run with my DSLR all the time but there are moments when I love to use my phone to capture a quick shot. ASUS ZenFone2 Laser is a quite handy and light phone with 13MP camera. It has a super quick autofocus and takes pretty good pictures in auto mode. The manual camera mode is amazing and it allows changing the advanced settings like ISO, shutter speed and white balance. That is good enough to make me a happy customer. Another nice feature is the photo editing tool and clearly the most impressive option in this tool is the curve feature. Although it is not that easy as using the same feature in LR, but it’s nice to have the flexibility on the phone. If there is one thing that I missed while editing the pictures is the ability to change the white balance. I can’t say much on the other technical stuff but for someone who frequently use phone as camera, this is a phone that is surely worth investing.

Kolkata Egg Roll

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 rolls

Kolkata Egg Roll

Ingredients

    for the chapatti
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • water to knead the dough
  • for the eggroll
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, cut into thin julienne
  • ketchup
  • cilantro leaves for garnish
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil

Directions

  • To make the chapatti, add flour, salt and oil in a mixing bowl. Give it a mix and then start adding water little by little to form the dough. Once it all comes together to form soft dough, cover and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 4 balls and heat a flat pan.
  • Take 1 dough ball and flatten it slightly using your palm. Dust some flour on the rolling board and rub some on the rolling pin. Now roll the dough ball into a thin circle. Sprinkle little flour as you roll to avoid it from sticking.
  • Place it carefully on the hot pan and drizzle little oil on the sides and top. Once you notice tiny air pockets popping, flip the flat bread to the other side using a spatula and allow it to cook for a minute more. Take it off and keep aside to be used later.
  • Finish making all the chapattis and keep aside.
  • To prepare the eggrolls, crack the eggs in a bowl, whisk and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a hot flat pan, drizzle oil and pour little bit of the whisked egg. Swirl it around to form a rough circle. Place the prepared chapatti on top and press it gently.
  • After a couple of minutes, the egg should be cooked. Carefully flip and allow it to warm on the other side for a minute.
  • Place the eggroll on a plate keeping the egg side on top. Place few sliced onion and julienned cucumber in the center. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and pour some ketchup. Add some fresh cilantro leaves and wrap it. You can use parchment paper or cut out newspaper to hold the wrap together.
  • Serve immediately as it tastes best when warm.

Notes

  • The recipe I shared here is one of the simplest variations of Kolkata Egg Roll. You can always substitute simple chapatti with layered paratha or laccha paratha. It's also amazing with Malaysian flat bread. And for a quick version, just go with store bought tortillas.
  • For the filling, you can be as creative as you want. You could make it heavy or light, vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

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Kolkata Egg Roll | Playful Cooking

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These look delicious! And I don’t think they are that ‘naughty’ actually so perfect for January ;). Thanks for sharing a piece of Kolkata food culture with us.

Scrumptious! Beautiful photography, as always!

I sure am going to break all the rules with this recipe + drool-worthy photos. 🙂
Though I don’t think I obey the ‘January detox rule” to begin with anyway.
Lone this post, Kankana

A little street food sounds just perfect to me! 🙂

I am always up for street food! January needs a lift and your egg roll definitely does the trick! Gorgeous shots as always too! x

I am so happy to have discovered your beautiful blog. Your recipes look great – I especially loved the easy (no yeast) naan recipe. I look forward to trying that very soon. I too am Indian (from Mumbai) but now settled in London. I love cooking and eating – all kinds of food. For me, happiness is an abundant table surrounded by friends and family. I am so looking forward to exploring more and trying out some of your recipes.