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This delicious frankie recipe is a snack that everyone will enjoy and is a popular vegetarian street food option across India. While there are many variants of this snack, I share a tasty vegetarian version of thin, soft wheat roti stuffed with crispy Aloo Tikki (potato patties), grated carrots, onions and yogurt raita.

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About This Recipe

I have fond memories of eating Frankies. After long shopping trips with friends, we’d normally stop at Linking road, Bandra, Mumbai at a small joint that served the best Frankies!

We don’t usually eat Frankies in our home as we prefer to have our roti with vegetable dishes or lentils, but a few family members are fond of wraps so I make them from time to time.

This is an easy to assemble Frankie recipe made with whole wheat flour (atta) flatbreads, mouth-watering aloo tikki, freshly shredded carrots, onions and yogurt raita. Here I use raita as a quick alternative to sweet tamarind chutney. The sweetness from the raita goes very well with the spiced potato tikki making it a great recipe for kids too!

There are many ways a frankie can be made. Some folks like to wrap the sabzi/dry veggie curry in roti too and add some extra toppings like mayonnaise, cheese, paneer, sliced raw tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and sometimes even pickles making a fusion Frankie or wrap. I have already shared an equally delicious Paneer Kathi Roll recipe which you must give a try.

There are a lot of joints that specialize in wraps and Frankies around where we live now and you can also choose from whole wheat wraps with various fillings. I have tried a few and I enjoyed them as they are a great meal option when you are hungry and do not have time to cook.

Think of your Frankie as an empty canvas and get creative! Add your favorite vegetable fillings and sauces. The Frankie stuffing can range from mixed vegetables to potatoes to paneer and even beans like rajma (kidney beans) or chana (chickpeas).

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Frankie Recipe

1. In a bowl start by whisking 1 cup curd (yogurt) until smooth. Then add the following ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chaat masala
  • ¾ to 1 tablespoon sugar or add as required for more sweetness
  • 2 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves
curd, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, chaat masala, sugar, and coriander leaves in a bowl

2. Mix well then refrigerate.

curd mixture

3. In a separate bowl, add salt to 1/3 cup sliced onions. Then mix and cover for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce the pungency of the onions.

salted onions in a bowl

4. Prep by grating 1 small to medium-sized peeled carrot and set aside.

grated carrots

5. Steam 3 medium-sized potatoes in a steamer, electric cooker or pressure cooker until they are fully cooked and fork tender.

cooked potatoes

6. While the potatoes are cooking, knead 1 cup of whole wheat flour with oil, salt and water until you get a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Feel free to use leftover dough to make the roti wrap.

smooth wheat dough

7. While the potatoes are still warm peel and grate them in a bowl.

peeled potatoes in a bowl

8. Add the following ingredients to the grated potatoes:

  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder or ¼ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoons cornstarch (cornflour)
  • ¼ teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • salt as required.

    TIP 1: You can use bread pulp (soaked and squeezed bread slices), rice flour or arrowroot flour instead of cornstarch.

    TIP 2: When adding corn starch, the potatoes must be cool otherwise the mixture will become sticky. You can also add steamed green peas to these tikkis.

potatoes, kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry ginger powder, corn starch, chaat masala and salt.

9. Mix everything well.

aloo tikki mixture

Making Aloo Tikki

10. Divide the mixture into small or medium-shaped patties. You can apply some oil to your palms when making the patties or tikkis.

patties greased with oil

11. Heat 2 tablespoons oil to medium-hot in a tava or a shallow frying pan or skillet. Gently place the aloo tikki and pan-fry them.

aloo tikkis pan frying

12. When one side of tikki becomes golden and crisp flip it over and fry the other side of tikki.

flipped aloo tikkis

13. Gently flip a couple of times till the aloo tikkis are evenly golden and crisp.

golden aloo tikkis on tawa

14. Once they are ready drain them on paper towels to remove excess oil.

aloo tikki on paper towels

15. Pan fry the rest of the tikkis with oil as needed and keep aside.

cooked aloo tikkis on a plate

Making Roti

15. Take medium-sized balls from the dough and roll them into a thin roti on a lightly dusted rolling board.

rolled dough for thin chapati

16. Place a tava/griddle upside down on the stovetop. It’s easier to lift thin rotis on an inverted tava. The rotis which I made were not very thin like roomali roti. You can also cook the rotis the way you cook them regularly on a tava or skillet.

inverted griddle or tava

17. Gently place the rolled thin chapati on the hot tava. When you see small blisters and air pockets appearing, flip and cook it on the other side. Flip it a couple of times, till the roti is cooked well.

However, don’t overcook the rotis as they will become flaky and crisp like papads. They can become hard as well. We need soft roti that can be folded easily.

roti with bubbling with blisters

18. Apply some oil if you want and stack them up in a roti basket. Cover and keep aside.

oil on roti

Making Veg Frankie

19. Place one roti on a plate and add two tikkis to the centre of the roti.

roti with two tikkis

20. Add grated carrots and sliced onions on top of the tikkis. You can choose to add veggies like beets, cucumber, tomato, radish and lettuce. You can also use spring onions or shallots instead of onions.

roti, tikkis, grated carrots and sliced onions

21. Pour the sweet yogurt raita in the center of the tikkis in a straight line. But don’t add too much otherwise it will make the wraps soggy. For some more flavor you can top the tikki with mint chutney or coriander chutney.

roti, tikkis, grated carrots, sliced onions and sweet yogurt

22. Sprinkle some chaat masala on top. At this point you can choose to add some grated paneer, tofu or cheese for some added protein.

roti, tikkis, grated carrots, sliced onions, sweet yogurt and chaat masala

23. Pull both sides together and secure with a toothpick. Prepare the rest of the Frankies like this.

Frankie with toothpicks

24. Serve Frankie immediately with the remaining yogurt raita as a dipping sauce. These frankie has to be eaten as soon as they are made for the best taste and texture. Resting them for some minutes will make them soggy. So assemble and make them when you want to eat.

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Expert Tips

  • Aloo Tikki: This delicious vegetarian wrap recipe is very easy to adapt. If you don’t like aloo tikki then you can fill it with hara bhara kabab, falafel or aloo pakora or onion pakora instead.
  • Filling: The great thing about this roll is that you can add so many different ingredients to it. There isn’t just one way to make it. Feel free to add your favorite grated veggies such as beetroot, radish, carrots, cucumbers and more. 
  • Rotis: When you are cooking the rotis look for small blisters and bubbles. Once they start to appear flip and cook on the other side. Make sure that you don’t overcook the rotis as they will become hard or crisp like papads. We are looking for soft roti that is easy to roll and fold.
  • Chutney and Sauces: The options really are endless with this dish! If you want a sweet twist in this wrap then add sweetened yogurt raita, sweet tamarind chutney or tomato sauce. However, if you prefer savory food then go for green coriander chutney or mint chutney instead. You can also add mayonnaise.

FAQs

What is a Frankie?

Frankie is a wrap made with various stuffings and served as a street food snack served in various parts of India. A vegetarian frankie usually includes assorted toppings of veggie stir fry, legumes, paneer, cheese, potato tikki, veg cutlet, lentils kabab. You can also add any other leftover vegetable as a filling. If you are not a fan of yogurt then use a sauce or chutney instead.

Can we use mayonnaise instead of curd?

Yes, you can definitely use mayonnaise instead of curd. Both ingredients have a similar texture so will work well in this recipe. Bear in mind that curd will have a slightly different taste to mayonnaise.

Is there an alternative to this yogurt raita in this recipe as I am not fond of sweet yogurt as a topping?

Feel free to leave out the sweet yogurt raita topping if you don’t like it. You can add green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney to the frankie instead for a more savory taste. I have made frankie with aloo tikki, green coriander chutney and sweet tamarind chutney and it tastes delicious!

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This Veg frankie recipe is a delicious wrap made with thin wheat rotis stuffed with crisp aloo tikki, veggies and yogurt raita. It makes for a filling anf tasty snack.

Prep Time 45 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 1 hr 5 mins



Servings 4

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For the aloo tikki – makes 5 to 6 tikkis

For the rotis – makes 4 to 5 rotis

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This Frankie Recipe post from the archives (November 2014) has been republished and updated on 9 June 2021.


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