I think I have Food OCD. I go on food binges where I become obsessed with a particular dish or food item and crave it every second of everyday for weeks on end, sometimes even months. Eventually, my cravings are satisfied enough that I can find a way to take it out of daily rotation… and put it into weekly or monthly instead. Right now as I sit on my couch like the giant saddle bag with legs that I am, all I can think about is my new favorite lunch food – kati rolls from where else, Kati Rolls in the West Village. (Oh, FYI – all these pics were taken with my iPhone! And yes, there’s definitely a little Kati Roll left on my iPhone screen… and no, I didn’t consider licking the deliciousness off of it… who would do that???)
You know what the problem with New York is? An abundance of bad food choices. You can throw a stone here and hit a bland place to eat, then have that same stone ricochet off that bland restaurant and hit at least 8 more that are even worse. All I want to know is what’s wrong with seasoning? Huh? What’s wrong with salt? If it weren’t for salt, I’d pass out several times a day… without the aid of alcohol. Salt is delicious!!! I promise! Here’s my suggestion if your family has a history of eating bland foods: take one for the team and start introducing flavor into your diet now. Sure, you may suffer the long-term health repercussions, but your children and your children’s children will thank you. They’ll eventually evolve and adapt until, like me, they have a medical need for flavor or else they will pass out from blandness poisoning! While the decor inside Kati Roll is simple as can be, the flavor that is pulsing out of this joint is anything but bland.
Kati rolls are a good way to start. Indian flatbreads (paratha) are toasted up on a skillet and then rolled and filled with ridiculously flavorful grilled, marinated chicken, beef, potato mix, paneer, egg, or some combination those with thin slices of red onion. The toasted paratha alone are a delicious treat – it’s the perfect balance of slightly chewy and almost flaky with the very slight taste of tangy yeastiness.
Truly, one roll is plenty for lunch… Unfortunately, because these damn things are so tasty, I always order two because I can never decide between my favorites: the marinated, grilled Chicken Roll or the spicy, tangy Aloo Masala Roll. Two warm rolls wrapped in foil and served on a paper plate. It’s not winning any plating points but I’ll gladly give up a visual show for warm, slightly sweet paratha wrapped around spicy, well-seasoned meat or potatoes with fresh, tangy onion slices.
The only other roll I’ve tried so far is the paneer roll – also delicious, just not as delicious in my opinion. Eventually, when I do tire of my obsession, maybe I can find a way to try other rolls. Besides, with a menu like this, you kind of feel obligated to try every picture shown:
You know what’s a terrible idea? Blogging about the food that you’re obsessed with when you don’t have any access to it… and staring at pictures of it at the same time. Probably one of my worst ideas yet, right after that time I tried to make a kale smoothie. Don’t ask. So one last picture for my self-inflicted kati roll torture to leave us all drooling with spicy aloo desire: