Frankie Recipe

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This delicious frankie recipe is a snack that everyone will enjoy and is a popular vegetarian street food option across India. While there are many variants of this snack, I share a tasty vegetarian version of thin, soft wheat roti stuffed with crispy Aloo Tikki (potato patties), grated carrots, onions and yogurt raita.

two rolled veg frankie on a bed of grated carrots on a square shaped white plate on a burlap

About This Recipe

I have fond memories of eating Frankies. After long shopping trips with friends, we’d normally stop at Linking road, Bandra, Mumbai at a small joint that served the best Frankies!

We don’t usually eat Frankies in our home as we prefer to have our roti with vegetable dishes or lentils, but a few family members are fond of wraps so I make them from time to time.

This is an easy to assemble Frankie recipe made with whole wheat flour (atta) flatbreads, mouth-watering aloo tikki, freshly shredded carrots, onions and yogurt raita. Here I use raita as a quick alternative to sweet tamarind chutney. The sweetness from the raita goes very well with the spiced potato tikki making it a great recipe for kids too!

There are many ways a frankie recipe can be made. Some folks like to wrap the sabzi/dry veggie curry in roti too and add some extra toppings like mayonnaise, cheese, paneer, sliced raw tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and sometimes even pickles making a fusion veg frankie or wrap. I have already shared an equally delicious Paneer Kathi Roll and a Veg Roll recipe which you must give a try.

There are a lot of joints that specialize in wraps and Frankies around where we live now and you can also choose from whole wheat wraps with various fillings. I have tried a few and I enjoyed them as they are a great meal option when you are hungry and do not have time to cook.

Think of your Frankie as an empty canvas and get creative! Add your favorite vegetable fillings and sauces. The Frankie stuffing can range from mixed vegetables to potatoes to paneer and even beans like rajma (kidney beans) or chana (chickpeas).

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Frankie Recipe

Make Yogurt Raita

1. In a bowl start by whisking 1 cup curd (yogurt) until smooth. Then add the following ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chaat masala
  • ¾ to 1 tablespoon sugar or add as required for more sweetness
  • 2 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves
curd, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, chaat masala, sugar, and coriander leaves in a bowl

2. Mix well then refrigerate.

curd mixture

Chop Veggies

3. In a separate bowl, add salt to ⅓ cup sliced onions. Then mix and cover for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce the pungency of the onions.

salted onions in a bowl

4. Prep by grating 1 small to medium-sized peeled carrot and set aside.

grated carrots

Make Potato Tikki

5. Steam 3 medium-sized potatoes in a steamer, electric cooker or pressure cooker until they are fully cooked and fork tender.

cooked potatoes

6. While the potatoes are cooking, knead 1 cup of whole wheat flour with oil, salt and water until you get a smooth and soft dough. Cover and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Feel free to use leftover dough to make the roti wrap.

smooth wheat dough

7. While the potatoes are still warm peel and grate them in a bowl.

peeled potatoes in a bowl

8. Add the following ingredients to the grated potatoes:

  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder or ¼ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (cornflour)
  • ¼ teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • salt as required.

    TIP 1: You can use bread pulp (soaked in water for a few seconds and squeezed bread slices), rice flour or arrowroot flour instead of cornstarch.

    TIP 2: When adding corn starch, the potatoes must be cool otherwise the mixture will become sticky. You can also add steamed green peas or grated paneer or shredded cheese to these tikkis.
potatoes, kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry ginger powder, corn starch, chaat masala and salt.

9. Mix everything well.

aloo tikki mixture

Shape and Pan Fry Tikki

10. Divide the mixture into small or medium-shaped patties. You can apply some oil to your palms when making the patties or tikkis.

patties greased with oil

11. Heat 2 tablespoons oil to medium-hot in a tava or a shallow frying pan or skillet. Gently place the aloo tikki and pan-fry them.

aloo tikkis pan frying

12. When one side of tikki becomes golden and crisp flip it over and fry the other side of tikki.

flipped aloo tikkis

13. Gently flip a couple of times till the aloo tikkis are evenly golden and crisp.

golden aloo tikkis on tawa

14. Once they are ready drain them on paper towels to remove excess oil.

aloo tikki on paper towels

15. Pan fry the rest of the tikkis with oil as needed and keep aside.

cooked aloo tikkis on a plate

Make Roti

15. Take medium-sized balls from the dough and roll them into a thin roti on a lightly dusted rolling board.

rolled dough for thin chapati

16. Place a tawa or griddle upside down on the stovetop. It’s easier to lift thin rotis on an inverted tava.

The rotis which I made were not very thin like roomali roti. You can also cook the rotis the way you cook them regularly on a tava or skillet.

inverted griddle or tava

17. Gently place the rolled thin chapati on the hot tava. When you see small blisters and air pockets appearing, flip and cook it on the other side. Flip it a couple of times, till the roti is cooked well.

However, don’t overcook the rotis as they will become flaky and crisp like papad. They can become hard as well. We need soft roti that can be folded easily.

roti with bubbling with blisters

18. Apply some oil if you want and stack them up in a roti basket. Cover and keep aside. Make all roti this way and store them in a roti basket or in an air-tight container until you begin to assemble the wraps.

oil on roti

Making Veg Frankie

19. Place one roti on a plate and add two tikkis to the centre of the roti.

roti with two tikkis

20. Add grated carrots and sliced onions on top of the tikkis. You can choose to add veggies like beets, cucumber, tomato, radish and lettuce. You can also use spring onions or shallots instead of onions.

roti, tikkis, grated carrots and sliced onions

21. Pour the sweet yogurt raita in the center of the tikkis in a straight line. But don’t add too much otherwise it will make the wraps soggy. For some more flavor you can top the tikki with mint chutney or coriander chutney.

roti, tikkis, grated carrots, sliced onions and sweet yogurt

22. Sprinkle some chaat masala on top. At this point you can choose to add some grated paneer, tofu or cheese for some added protein.

roti, tikkis, grated carrots, sliced onions, sweet yogurt and chaat masala

23. Pull both sides together and secure with a toothpick. Prepare the rest of the Frankies like this.

Frankie with toothpicks

24. Serve veg frankie immediately with the remaining yogurt raita as a dipping sauce. These frankie rolls have to be eaten as soon as they are made for the best taste and texture.

Resting them for some minutes will make them soggy. So assemble and make them when you want to eat.

overhead shot two rolled frankie on a bed of grated carrots on a square shaped white plate on a burlap

Expert Tips

  • Aloo Tikki: This delicious vegetarian wrap recipe is very easy to adapt. If you don’t like aloo tikki then you can fill it with Hara Bhara Kabab, Falafel, Vegetable Cutlet or aloo pakora or Onion Pakora instead. You can also make a stir fried or sautéed mix vegetable filling.
  • Toppings: The great thing about this roll is that you can add so many different ingredients to it. There isn’t just one way to make it. Feel free to add your favorite grated veggies such as beetroot, radish, carrots, cucumbers and more. 
  • Roti: When you are cooking the roti look for small blisters and bubbles. Once they start to appear flip and cook on the other side. Make sure that you don’t overcook the rotis as they will become hard or crisp like papads. We are looking for soft roti that is easy to roll and fold.
  • Chutney and Sauces: The options really are endless with this dish! If you want a sweet twist in this wrap then add sweetened yogurt raita, sweet tamarind chutney or tomato ketchup. However, if you prefer savory food then go for green coriander chutney or mint chutney instead. You can also add a vegan or vegetarian mayonnaise.

FAQs

What is a Frankie?

Frankie is a wrap made with various stuffings and served as a street food snack served in various parts of India. A vegetarian frankie usually includes assorted toppings of veggie stir fry, legumes, paneer, cheese, potato tikki, veg cutlet, lentils kabab. You can also add any other leftover vegetable as a filling. If you are not a fan of yogurt then use a sauce or chutney instead.

Can we use mayonnaise instead of curd?

Yes, you can definitely use mayonnaise instead of curd. Both ingredients have a similar texture so will work well in this recipe. Bear in mind that curd will have a slightly different taste to mayonnaise. You can also opt to include sour cream.

Is there an alternative to this yogurt raita in this veg frankie recipe as I am not fond of sweet yogurt as a topping?

Feel free to leave out the sweet yogurt raita topping if you don’t like it. You can add green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney to the veg frankie instead for a more savory taste. I have made frankie with aloo tikki, green coriander chutney and sweet tamarind chutney and it tastes delicious!

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two rolled veg frankie on a bed of grated carrots on a square shaped white plate on a burlap

Frankie Recipe (Veg Frankie)

4.87 from 15 votes
This Veg frankie recipe is a delicious wrap made with thin wheat rotis stuffed with crisp aloo tikki, veggies and yogurt raita. It makes for a filling and tasty snack.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Cuisine Indian
Course: Snacks
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

For the aloo tikki – makes 6 tikki

  • 3 medium sized potatoes or 300 grams potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder or 1 to 2 green chilies – finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder or ¼ teaspoon minced ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or rice flour or arrowroot flour or add as required
  • 2 to 3 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sunflower oil or any neutral oil, for pan frying the tikki or as required
  • salt as required

For the rotis – makes 4 to 5 rotis

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil or any neutral oil
  • water as required
  • salt as required

For the sweet raita

  • 1 cup Curd – whisked (yogurt)
  • ¾ to 1 tablespoon sugar or add as required for more sweetness
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chaat masala or as required
  • 2 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves

For the frankie stuffings

  • 1 onion – small to medium-sized, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot – medium-sized, grated (you can also add your choice of veggies)
  • 2 to 3 pinches salt – to sprinkle on onions

Instructions

Making aloo tikki

  • Steam potatoes in a steamer, electric cooker or pressure cooker. The potatoes have to be completely cooked.
  • When the potatoes are still warm or cooled down, peel and grate them in a bowl.
  • Add kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry ginger powder or minced ginger, corn starch, chaat masala and salt.
  • Instead of corn starch, you can also add bread pulp (soaked and squeezed bread slices), rice flour or arrowroot flour.
  • A point to remember is that when you add corn starch, the potato has to be cooled down completely. Otherwise the mixture becomes sticky, if corn starch is added to hot or warm potatoes.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Divide the mixture into small or medium shaped patties. You can apply some oil on your palms when making the patties or tikkis.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil till its medium hot in a tava or a shallow frying pan. Gently place the aloo tikkis and pan fry them.
  • When one side of tikki becomes golden and crisp, turn over and fry the other side of tikki.
  • Gently flip for a couple of times till the aloo tikkis are golden and crisp evenly.
  • Once done, then drain the aloo tikkis on paper towels to remove excess oil. Pan fry all the tikkis this way and keep aside.

Making rotis for frankie

  • When the potatoes are cooking, knead 1 cup of whole wheat flour with oil, salt and water to a smooth dough. Cover and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Take medium sized balls from the dough and roll to a thin chapati on a lightly dusted rolling board.
  • Place a a tava/griddle inverted on the stove top. Its easier to lift thin rotis on an inverted tava. You can also cook the rotis the way you cook them regularly on a tava.
  • Gently place the rolled thin chapati on the hot tava. When you see small blisters and bubbles appearing, flip and cook the other side.
  • You can flip a couple of times, till the roti is cooked well. However, don't over do since the rotis are thin and they be will become crisp like papads, if you do extra roasting.
  • Apply some oil if you want. Make rotis this way and stack them up in a roti basket. Cover and keep aside.

Making stuffing and raita

  • In another bowl, add some salt to sliced onions. Mix and keep covered for 15 to 20 minutes. Mixing salt reduces the pungency of the onions.
  • Prep by grating carrots and keep aside.
  • Whisk or beat the curd (yogurt) till smooth. Add roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, chaat masala, salt, sugar, coriander leaves in the whisked curd. Mix well and refrigerate.

Making frankie

  • In a plate, place one roti. Place two tikkis in the center of the roti.
  • Top the tikkis with the grated carrots and sliced onions.
  • Pour the sweet yogurt raita.
  • Sprinkle some chaat masala on top.
  • Bring together both the sides of the roti and secure with a tooth pick. Prepare all veg frankies this way.
  • Serve frankie immediately with the remaining yogurt raita.

Notes

  • If you don’t want to make the aloo tikki for frankie then you can just place the spiced mashed potato stuffing in the wheat rotis. This is good when you are short of time and want to avoid the frying part. 
  • The frankie stuffing can vary as per your choice. You can add more grated veggies like beetroot, radish, carrots, cucumber etc. 
  • You can add your choice of chutneys or sauces.
  • The recipe is easily scalable to make a small or a large batch.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Frankie Recipe (Veg Frankie)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 985mg28%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 2740IU55%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3mg15%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 4mg27%
Vitamin K 7µg7%
Calcium 122mg12%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 51µg13%
Iron 8mg44%
Magnesium 93mg23%
Phosphorus 274mg27%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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37 Comments

  1. Hey Dear,,
    I have made this recipe it’s sooooo much yummmyyyy yaar… My husband liked a lot this one..
    Thank you so much mam for sharing wonderful recipe..
    With Love ????5 stars

    1. Welcome Dhvani. Thanks for this sweet comment. Nice to know that you both like this aloo tikki wrap recipe.

  2. Hi, I made this recipe at dinner tonight as I was not in a mood to cook proper meal and it turn out to be amazing, my hubby liked it a lot so thanks.

  3. This looks so good! My mother is vegetarian and I can’t wait to experiment this with her!!5 stars

    1. sure andrew try and do share her reaction with us 🙂 thanks for positive feedback.

  4. Small doubt…… What is the time limit to serve it?
    Hot only or can we have it after 4 to 5 hours??

    1. best is to serve hot or warm. if planning to have after 4 to 5 hours, then just shape the tikki and keep in the fridge. after 4 to 5 hours, remove and let the tikki come to room temperature and then fry it. then assemble and serve. the rotis you can prepare before and while serving, just warm them lightly on a hot tawa.

  5. I am so in love with this recipe and all of your recipes are very delicious . I really appreciate the pictures that you show at each step . This one turned to be excellent .thank you 🙂

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  8. Hi DASSANA,
    I have try this recipe. It was soooooooooooooooooooo yummy. 1st time I made something for my family and my friend. They all happy that at least I am trying to cook something. And when they taste it they are so surprised, It was soooooo yummy and they didn’t expect from me. Thankyou thankyou soooo very much DASSANA.5 stars

    1. welcome anita. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your experience and positive feedback.

  9. Awesome recipe::::::::::::::::
    My hubby & childrens liked a lot
    THNx a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Hi Dassana,

    I love your website and the way you visually present the recipes. I just wanted to know whether there is an alternative to this yoghurt raita in this recipe as I am not fond of sweet yoghurt as a topping.

    Would also request you to post some tasty diet recipes 

    Thanks & Regards

    1. you can add green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney to the frankie. aloo tikkis accompany very well with green coriander chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.

  11. Hi dasanna.i like all ur recipies.im beginer.im just following ur site for recipies as im newly married.
    Will this recipe be good without raita? Becoz I dont like curd

    1. some sauce or dip should be there. otherwise the frankies would be dry. suggest to add tamarind chutney and coriander chutney instead of curd.

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    1. srividhya, thanks a lot for this sweet feedback. such positive feedback also matters a lot and thats why more recipes keep on coming on the website. its readers love and support which is making this website a success. i am replying in same words but i mean it also…

  13. Awesome!!! description is so simple and your pictures are inspiring me although I am bad cook 🙂

    1. thanks sireesha. no one is a bad cook. we all learn over a period of time.