Today I intend to pen down a recipe which is associated with the growing up period of my children. I used to literally let my innovation and imagination run wild while making school tiffin for my children to make it as interesting as possible! Needless to say, I had to walk some extra miles to implement those ideas into reality! However, at the end of the day, their empty lunch boxes used to give me that tremendous sense of satisfaction, which is difficult to describe in words. Though later on, I had come to know that my innovative tiffin used to be mostly shared amongst their friends to the extent that often my sons used to end up eating in the school canteen!
I am always of the opinion that school tiffin besides being nutritious, should be interesting as well. It is important to prepare the tiffin from the child’s point of view rather than giving undue importance to our beliefs of what the child should eat and shouldn’t! Because in this tussle of should and should not it’s your child who would remain hungry and dissatisfied. Nutrition no doubt is very important, but it should be seamlessly harmonized with the taste as well to make the effort meaningful!
In the sub-continent, Roti (Indian bread) is a very popular school tiffin item. That flat round bread, made out of whole wheat flour and roasted on a griddle is an all-time favourite for moms! Another variation of Roti is Paratha, a flat thick piece of unleavened bread, fried on a griddle either in oil or clarified butter. Both Roti and Paratha put together outnumber other items as far as school tiffin is concerned.
I, however, knew that my sons would never appreciate roti or paratha in their usual form during the tiffin break. So, I had to exercise my mind to convert these into exciting rolls with a wholesome and delicious filling to meet both ends, i.e., health and taste. And there came the idea of making CHICKEN ROLL which is not only nutritious but also delicious and filling to keep them energetic throughout the school time!
DIFFICULTY LEVEL- Moderate
TYPE OF COOKING- Snacks
PREPARATION TIME- 30 min, approx.
COOKING TIME- 30 min, approx..
- Whole wheat flour- 1 cup
- Salt- a pinch
- Water- as required.
- Oil/ clarified butter(ghee)- for frying
- Chicken- 200gm, boneless
- Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp
- Vinegar or lime juice- 1 tbsp
- Onion- 1 large, finely chopped
- Ginger, grated- ½ tsp
- Garlic, finely chopped- ½ tsp
- Capsicum- 1 small, chopped
- Green chillies- 1, chopped
- Chicken masala- 1 tsp
- Cumin powder- ¼ tsp
- Coriander powder- ¼ tsp
- Tomato sauce- 4 tbsp.
- Mayonnaise- 3 tbsp.
- Black pepper powder- ¼ tsp
- Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp., chopped
- Salt – to taste
- Oil- 2 tbsp (refined oil)
Marinate chicken pieces with vinegar or lime juice, 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste, salt and black pepper for at least ½ hr.
Boil for 10 min in a pressure cooker. Once cool, shred the pieces.
Take oil in a non-stick pan.
Put onion, grated ginger, chopped garlic and fry till brown I colour.
Add chopped capsicum.
Add the spices and stir and mix well.
Add the shredded chicken and mix well, so that the masala incorporates well with the chicken.
Put chopped coriander leaves.
Take whole wheat flour. Mix a little salt. Knead with the required amount of water to a soft dough.
Make 4-5 balls and roll out into round shape paratha.
Shallow fry with little oil or ghee (clarified butter) in a griddle till both the sides turn light golden brown.
Keep in a casserole to keep it warm.
Take one paratha.
Spread some mayonnaise and tomato sauce.
Put 2 tbsp of chicken filling in the centre of the paratha.
Roll into a cylinder.
Delicious chicken roll is ready to be put in the lunch box!
You can add or omit any of the vegetables, spices, sauces and seasoning to suit the choice, food habits and taste buds of your children and to make the rolls peppier.
The filling can be prepared the previous night and stored in the refrigerator to save time.
The atta dough can also be kneaded the previous night and kept in the fridge.
Replace chicken with paneer (cottage cheese) if you are a vegetarian!
The above-mentioned recipe is purely a figment of my imagination to prepare something unique and delectable and is not downloaded from the net or otherwise! I can vouch with a conviction that my mission was accomplished. My sons, though no longer school going, are still sentimentally attached to this recipe and do cherish it occasionally for lunch and dinner while missing their buddies to share their happiness!