Everyone has a special place for street food in their hearts. One such popular Indian street food is an egg roll. Your visit to the “City of Joy”, a.k.a. Kolkata, would be incomplete if you didn’t eat the delicious egg roll. Capable of winning hearts all around, this unique snack has been sold for centuries in Kolkata as popular street food.
What is the History Behind Egg Roll?
Asia revels in its history of cuisine, but the rolls described by the East Asian cookbooks are far away from the egg roll sold in India. It is certainly not a wrap, nor is it similar to the traditional Chinese spring roll. The origin has been debated rather excitedly by foodies. The anda roll consists of an egg fried into the crust of the Indian flatbread that is known as a paratha. BBC has dated it back to the times of the East India Company that ruled India for over a century. The dock labourers preferred the quick, hot meal of eggs and paratha, wrapped together and fashioned to be eaten on the go.
The humble egg roll is a signature dish of Kolkata that leaves a lasting impression on your palate.
What is an Egg Roll?
The egg roll has remained a fixture on every menu across Kolkata for 150 years and possibly more. A protein-rich dish filled with fresh salad, the egg roll is made from scratch every time you order it. You are welcome to add finely chopped chillies if you want to enhance the spiciness. Believed to be an affordable dish, you can comfortably eat it for lunch too. You do not need an elaborate recipe if you want to try it at home. Observing the roadside vendor will give you a fair idea of what goes into it and how it is made.
Made with flatbread that contains a layer of fried egg, this is a snack that can be described as heavenly. It is simple and eaten hot. The most exciting part of grabbing an egg roll from the street vendor is the ability to eat this delectable snack on the go.
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- 300 grams refined flour maida
- pinch Aof salt
- teaspoon ½of sugar
- 15- gram shortening butter/dalda/vegetable oil
- 200- gram warm water
- 4 classic eggs
- 2 onions medium size
- 2 green bell peppers medium size
- 4 Tablespoons of tomato sauce
- 2 green chillies finely chopped
- Juice of a big lemon
- 1 teaspoon chat masala or rock salt
- 1 small cucumber diced
- cup ¾of vegetable oil
- Add all ingredients of the wrap into a medium bowl and whisk briskly until the shortening spreads into the flour. Use your fingers to rub the flour until it attains a flaky texture resembling bread crumbs.
- Knead the dough with warm water until it becomes soft and smooth. Keep it covered after coating the top with oil. Allow it to rest for half an hour.
- Mix all the ingredients of the filling except eggs and keep it aside.
- Divide the dough into 4. Fashion each one into a ball and roll it out in the form of a chapati. Brush it with a spoonful of oil and sprinkle some dry flour over it.
- Beat one egg with a pinch of salt and keep it ready. Add chopped green chillies if you like it spicy.
- Heat a skillet and fry the paratha until it turns golden brown.
- Add the beaten egg to it and wait for a minute before flipping the paratha. Let the egg cook with the paratha on top.
- Remove it to a plate and sprinkle chat masala/rock salt on the surface.
- Add the assembled vegetable filling to it and roll it up.
- Use a thin paper to wrap the hot paratha at the bottom and serve it hot with a dash of tomato sauce.