Vegetarian Frankies

This Vegetarian Frankie is protein-packed and a great snack or a meal. It is enticing enough to get the adults salivating as well. Great for lunches, snacks, parties, picnics or road trips, Frankies are a going to be well loved by all and at any time of the day. This recipe was inspired by Deepika Agarwal and, honestly, we have to say that we had a lot of fun experimenting with it. This recipe is very versatile and definitely a keeper.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Makes: 6 frankies

For Paratha:
All Purpose Flour / Maida – 1 cup
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Potato – 1 small, boiled, peeled and grated
Warm Water – 1 or 2 tbsp, as needed
Oil – enough to drizzle
All-Purpose Flour for dusting

Method (for Paratha)

1. In a bowl, mix the All-Purpose Flour and the Salt together.
2. Add in the OIl and rub it into the All-Purpose Flour to incorporate well.
3. Add in the Potatoes and again crumble in, same as the oil.
4. Add 1 tbsp of Warm Water at a time to form a stiff dough.
5. Knead for a 2 minutes, drizzle and coat the dough ball with Oil, cover and allow it to rest for 15 min.
6. After 15 min., knead once more, and divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
7. Heat a Tawa/Skillet on medium heat till it is nice and hot.
8. Take one part of the dough and roll onto a smooth ball and press between your palms to form a disc.
9. Dip the disc in some additional All-Purpose Flour and roll into a chapati.
10. Make the roti a little thinner than a chapati as the Maida tends to shrink.
11. Once rolled out, place on the hot Tawa.
12. Move the roti just a bit to avoid sticking to the tawa.
13. Allow the color to change just a bit and some bubbles to appear.
14. Flip the Roti once that happens and allow it to cook on the other side for just a couple of minutes.
15. Increase the flame to the highest and using tongs, place the Roti on the flame.
16. Allow it to balloon up.
17. Take off the flame and keep in an insulated container till ready to make the rolls.

For Filling:

Paneer – 4 oz / 100 gms
Potatoes – 2 small, boiled, peeled and grated
Salt – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Coriander Powder / Dhaniya Powder – 1/2 tbsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Amchoor Powder (Dry Mango Powder) – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Green Chillies – finely chopped, to taste
Onions – finely sliced, as needed
Cilantro – finely chopped, as needed
Lemon/Lime Juice – to taste

Method (for filling):

1. Crumble the Paneer and add in the Potatoes.
2. Mix but be gentle not to make a paste of the mixture.
3. Add in the spice – Salt, Coriander Powder, Amchur, Garam Masala & Red Chili Powder.
4. Mix again to ensure that the spices don’t clump up to one area and are well distributed.
5. Heat Oil in a non-stick pan or a kadhai.
6. Add in finely chopped Green Chillies and then the Potatoes and Paneer mixture.
7. Mix gently and allow the filling to get heated all the way through for just a couple of minutes.
8. Once hot, turn off the stove/flame and add in finely sliced Onions and Cilantro.
9. Squeeze Lemon or Lime juice to taste and give it one final mix.
10. Transfer to a bowl to allow the mixture to cool down to make cylindrical rolls to fill in the roti.


1. Place the Roti flat and spread some Chutney on one half of it.
2. Place the Filling Roll on the chutney side and start rolling.
3. Roll on the clean side and secure with a toothpick.
4. Serve hot.

1. To make it for kids, add some cheese and serve with ketchup.
2. Add additional vegetables to sneak veges into the snack.
3. This is a great lunch box item for kids and adults.
4. Great for meal-on-the-go.

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82 thoughts on “Vegetarian Frankies

  1. Hi,
    Just wanted to know if I can make the rolls(potato & paneer mixture) ahead in time & store in refrigerator? If yes, for how would it stay good?

    1. Hi Neha,

      Yes, you can premake the rolls and store them for at least 2-3 days. Store them in an air tight container in the fridge.

  2. HI,
    I really enjoyed making this recipe.But I hv a question.
    How can I seal the ends of the chapati instead of putting in a toothpick,after the filling&rolling up—the way it is done in the ready-made ones available in the stores.

  3. HI,
    I really enjoyed making this recipe.But I hv a question.
    How can I seal the ends of the chapati instead of putting in a toothpick,after the filling&rolling up—the way it is done in the ready-made ones available in the stores.

    1. You may be able to wrap it like a burrito…fold the two sides in and then roll it so that nothing falls out from the edges.

  4. Hey Hetal and Anuja,

    Thx for sharing this recipe! I tried it and turned out awesome.. Could you pl share the recipe for Veg.Spring rolls? I searched it on SMTC but could not find one..



      1. Thx Hetal! I did check the Egg Roll recipe and had a couple of questions..
        1. Can we add rice noodles to the vegetables?
        2. Instead of using a readymade wrapper, is there a way I can prepare it at home?



        1. Hi Sav,

          Usually, egg rolls or spring rolls do not have rice noodles in them. They use dried mung bean threads. We have never made a home made wrapper because they are readily available here.

  5. Hey Hetal & Anuja !

    Awesome website … I have tried the dahi wale aloo , dal palak and veg franki till now and they turned out great … My husband and myself cook together usually and we made the franki s today but with a slight twist … Used cumin powder , Garam and chat masala instead of coriander and am chur and also we used hash browns and whole wheat flour … It was amazing … We are going to make this with chicken next time … You guys continue your good work !

  6. Hi girls tks for lovely recipes one question though can I use cottage cheese frm store instead of panner and can I use tortillas pls let me know as I am making at someones place and it will b easy for us to make pls reply tks

    1. Hi Alpa,

      No, cottage cheese from American grocery stores is not the same as paneer. Tortillas will work but you will lose out a lot on the texture and flavor of the roti.

  7. I just made these for lunch. They turned out yummy! My husband loved it. Thanks for the quick and easy Kathi rolls. I don’t eat onions so I substituted by adding finely chopped cabbage to give some crunch πŸ™‚

  8. Dear Hetal & Anuja,
    Your website is awesome…I have found it simple & classy…I loved browsing through the recipes & watching videos…

  9. This looks great, I’ll have to try it out soon. I was wondering if you ladies have ever tried to make falafel sandwiches (with pita bread). My mom makes it, but of course never writes down recipes. It would be great to see a recipe and video on how to make the falafels! She also makes a yogurt cilantro chutney with it, in place of the traditional tatziki. We usually make the sandwich by crushing the falafals into the bottem of the warmed up (half sliced pocket) pita then layer on lettuce, tomatoes, onions, the cilantro yogurt chutney throughout and top it off with salsa (salsa sounds odd in this but taste really good).

    Hope that you’ll add this to your list of things to make!

    Thanks– love your website !


  10. OMG, Hetal, Anuja, this was excellent. I tried and it came out fantastic… You both r angels to me.. πŸ˜€
    Next time I will try it with wheat flour healthier choice.. Thanks a million πŸ˜€

  11. Hi,
    I made Veg Frankies and Paneer Pinwheels for my son’s birthday party yesterday – they were both big hits. I skipped the chutney in the Frankie and sprinkled some chat masala instead. People asked me for the recipe and I just had to give them your website address πŸ™‚ Thanks a bunch for all the interesting recipes that you share.


    p.s: my husband wants to say thanks too πŸ™‚

  12. Hetal and Anuja,

    As always your recipes are great. You make following the steps so easy. I really love this one.

    Also, I’d like to say you are both quite beautiful and I’m ready to marry you both today. I’m very fat so you won’t have any problem sharing me. Also when one of you gets really sick of me, you can pass me back to other. And we’ll go back and forth like that so we all stay happy.

    If you’re already married, or you do not wish to have an enormous husband, I do understand and I apologize, but still pass along all the compliments in the most sincere way. I appreciate you. You are both filled with such light.

    All the best,

  13. Dear Hetal & Anuja,

    Thanks for this recepie. Its my husbands b’day in feb and I am planning to throw a party at home. I think this will be a great starter!
    I have request to make…can you ladies please share the recepie for veg bhuna curry? That is my husbands favourite. I was surprised not to find it on ur site.
    I must tell you that ur website is a perfect learning portal for ameture cooks like me.

    Thank you so much!

    Warm Regards,

    1. Hi Rose,
      We have had 2 recipes published since this one:
      Gatte Ki Subzi & Chicken Kathi Rolls.
      If you subscribe on our site, you will be notified every time there is a new recipe.
      Cheers πŸ™‚

  14. Hi! You both are really doing a great job. thanks a lot.
    i wish both all the best. & a small request make more short eat items ( baking , frying items) don’t mistake me.
    Anyway once again thank you very much.

  15. Tried the frankie rotis but it went dreadfully wrong, I do like the idea of the potatoes in the flour, but for some reason it just didn’t work, I did more or less same as you & yours were so lovely…..flour was fresh , bet you I am going to try again, not giving up !!!

    1. That’s the spirit! It does take a little practice and lots of patience but the results are just fabulous and it’ll be so worth the efforts πŸ™‚

  16. Can the rotis be made in advance…for example a day or two before a party? If yes, what is the best way to store them?

    1. Hi there,
      We personally have never tried storing them that long but do not foresee any problems. Our suggestion would be that if you are making for a party – do a test round and see if it works so there are no surprises on that day. We highly recommend NOT to experiment with dishes for parties.
      Let us know your feedback as we are sure it will help a lot of viewers πŸ™‚

  17. Thank You for this lovely recipe! I made this as a Sunday Brunch yesterday and we enjoyed it.
    Here’s what I changed: I left out the dhaniya chutney as I was too lazy to make it! I replaced it with Tomato sauce. I used whole-wheat tortillas instead of rolling out the maida myself(easier option πŸ˜€ ). The rolls turned out pretty well and it was soo yummy! It left my husband begging for more:)

  18. This recipe is just superb, I do change things around at times & there is such alot of room for imagination cooking & do as you like , I truly enjoy cooking your recipes.
    I have tried the filling with spicy pots & peas quick fry with lots of coriander & chillies &onions , boy ! didn’t it go down well.Thank You !

    1. Hi Suchitra,
      Awesome! It is so interesting to give the dish you creative touch – a wonderful feeling of satisfaction πŸ™‚
      Thanks for your support πŸ™‚

  19. Hi,
    I am from canada and I used Russett potatoes for malai koftas & they did not turn out well so would like to know what kind of potatoes you are using for the Frakies? Is it Yukon Gold or any other kind.


  20. hi PLEASE HELP-tried to make the chapatis but my dough while soft had cracked edges as a rolled them-WHY..some puffed ok but did not get a perfect puff like yours…what went wrong, too much oil?? not enough potato? did I over knead it?

    1. Hi Chetna,
      The cracks usually appear when the dough is dry and does not have enough moisture and the non-puffing is due to uneven rolling. Try and a little more moisture in the dough next time, maybe just a little more water while kneadning next time.
      For the rolling, once you finish rolling, run your hands ever the roti and you will be able to feel where the roti has not been rolled even and where the bumps are.
      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Hetal/Anuja ,

    We love you all veg. recipes. This one is a really good one and waiting for it for long time. Thanks a lot !!!!
    I have one humble request, if you get the time then would you please make “MASALA BUN” recipe. This is kind of street food in Southern part of india, where you have bun with spicy stuffing in between.

    Thanks for ur great Work
    Keep up the good work

  22. Hi… I tried these today and it came out wonderful.
    I added couple of things, sweet chutney and shredded cabbage to have an extra crunch.


  23. Great work as always, ladies. I tried these out with chapatti flour instead for a slightly healthier option – came out fab – Thanks!

  24. Excelling as always, I have an idea, why don’t you knead the dough without the potatoes, stuff this stuffing very tightly like samosa shaped, into the already ‘roti method’ cooked wrap and seal with maida and water glue then deep fry, I tried excellent, like kachori type

  25. Thanks for this recipe Hetal&Anuja.Would like to know whether maida can be substituted with atta..also,can we use mixed veggies finely cut and then mix with potatoes just like v do for veggie cutlets for the frankies.

    1. Hi Mandeep and R,
      We are sure you can use Wheat Flour, the taste and the recipe (measurements) will be different, but we are sure it’ll still taste good πŸ™‚

  26. Can these rotis be made with whole wheat flour instead of the all purpose flour? Would that change anything in the recipe?

    Another question I have is if the paneer and potatoe filling can be substituted with chicken for a non-veg frankie?


    1. We are sure you can use Wheat Flour, the taste and the recipe (measurements) will be different, but we are sure itÒ€ℒll still taste good πŸ™‚
      The filling is entirely up to you, You can add anything to your taste.

  27. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    Thanks for such a simple yet lovely recipe. Loved both of your tops too!
    I have a question: if we don’t have gas stove, would the flavor of the roti change on an electric stove?


  28. hi Hetal & Anuja,

    very very yammy recipes. i wonder if i can grated paneer insted of Crumbled? can you get back to me on this? i am planning to make this on this weekend.


  29. Another thing that may work is rolll up a cresent around the frankie and bake it instead of a roti for a quick appetizer item maybe:) You girls rock.

  30. Very nice recipe for all vegetarians. Just a tiny suggestion: For all your videos pls suggest some healthy substitutes simultaneously, for people who are on a diet like me but would like to enjoy the yummy recipe. I know we wouldnt get the exact flavour but a little compromise is flavor is better than not having able to try the recipe at all. Thanks a lot and I really appreciate all the hard work and efforts you put into the recipes and videos. πŸ™‚

  31. Oh my God, I was just thinking of requesting this recipe to you yesterday and here it is. You lovely ladies read my mind. I’m trying this right away! Thank You…muaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  32. This recipe is very nice & thank you, can you please tell me where did you get that steel dish that you rolled the chappati, is it from the states.?

    1. Hi
      It is not sweet potato. use normal potatoes.
      Anuja told about potatoes with red skin….but they test same as the normal potatoes.

  33. Hello ladies, I want to make this but i may not have panner in my house, is it possible to leave out the paneer? how would this effect the taste?

  34. Wow…looks really great. Will definitely try them on this weekend. Can we use wheat flour (chapati flour) instead of all-purpose flour for the rotis?

    1. yes. i always use whole wheat chapati flour whenever i make frankie. i think you can also try putting some carrots and peas in it.

  35. Hi Anuja and Hetal,
    I am curious if you can cook(fry)the paneer potato rolls? Also, do people ever just eat the bread by itself? It looks so good, I think it would taste great by itself or with a chutney. Thanks for bringing us such great recipes!!

    1. Indian flad breads are so versatile, they can be eaten any which way. These “rotis” sure will taste good with little Indian pickle, any veg (or meet) curry and dall or just butter. Give it a try. I am sure you will like it.

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