Shital's-Kitchen: Healthy Veggie Frankie

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Healthy Veggie Frankie

Frankie, reminds me of my childhood days! A tangy, spicy veggie cutlet wrapped in wheat flour pancake, is a healthy and delicious snack or a to-go meal.
Frankie is a weekend breakfast menu in my house. My father in law loves this recipe and I hope he comes here soon!

To make cutlets: This is my moms cutlet recipe, Makes delicious, mouthwatering cutlets. Beetroot in this recipe not only added nutrition, but also a wonderful color and taste.

Boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes
Beet root
Green peas
finely chopped ginger
finely chopped green chilly
chopped cilantro
lime juice

Steam grated beet root, grate carrot, finely chopped beans, and peas.
I like to arrange these ingredients in a metal sieve and steam it. Do not over cook the veggies as it may destroy the nutritive value.
Remove steamed veggies in a mixing bowl.

Add boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes to the veggies. Add salt, lime juice, finely chopped green chillies, finely chopped ginger. Mix well steamed veggies let out lot of water. Do not discard the water. Lets save the nutritive value :) Add some dry poha or rice flakes to absorb water and to bind the cutlets well. (you could add bread crumbs) My mom never used bread or bread crumbs in most of her recipes since my grand mother like many old people in my country would not prefer bread or bread products. Mix the veggies well. Take 2 tbsp of mixture in your palm and make rectangular shaped cutlets and shallow fry using little oil.

To make pancakes: These pancakes can be made either using maida or all purpose flour. But I would like to use whole wheat flour, again to make it fiber rich and nutritive.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp red chilly powder (optional)
Pinch on baking soda
Mix the ingredients to form a batter (pancake or dosa consistency)

In a frying pan, make wheat pancakes with few drop of oil to fry (avoid making too thin or too thick

Stack the pancakes. Make enough for the whole family :) Its okay for pancakes to cool down since we will be re-frying them before serving. Cover the pancake to prevent them from drying out. You could prepare this a day before and refrigerating it. I have done this a lot, specially when we need to carry them for picnics :)

Here comes the main part, arranging the Frankie :) 
Re-fry the pancake till its hot but not crisp. It might not allow you to make a roll.
Arrange cutlets in the center of the pan cake.

Sprinkle chopped onions and chopped cabbage (optional).
Sprinkle good amount of chaat masala. A main ingredient of frankie. Cutlets could be made with any ingredient you want, but chaat masala cannot be omitted. The combination of onions and chaat masala give the tangy (chatpata) taste to this healthy snack or a meal.

Tightly roll the pancake over the cutlets. Serve hot!
Wrap each frankie in aluminum foil. A great to go or picnic food. Each person gets their frankie. Easy to eat, filling, and healthy!

Cutlet could be made only of potatoes or veggies of your choice.
Add grated cheese or paneer for kids (for adults too) :)
Add left over paneer tikka, or chicken tikka ( remember to add chaat masala and onions for taste).


  1. Loved this recipe, reminded me of the frankie wallah at Breach Candy. Thanks.

  2. I have been following other renowned chefs websites till now but your website is really wonderful.... cant resist to make it once you see any recipe shown by you, Shitalji. Esp.step wise pics make it so easy to understand and also i get homely "feel" in each recipe. Thank you !!