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Frankies — a popular rolled street snack in Mumbai — can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, but one of the most beloved is a simple spiced potato filling. The spices can vary from vendor to vendor, but there is usually a little bit of heat in the form of red chilli powder and sometimes green chillies, as well as some mouthwatering sourness from amchur or chaat masala. Our version relies on warmth and aroma from garam masala and Makhir Ginger, plus funky, tangy tastiness from chaat masala. And, it wouldn't be Diaspora Co. if we didn't sneak in a touch of Pragati Turmeric in too.
The potato filling is rolled in a roti along with other toppings, like green chutney, tomato sauce, tangy masala water, red onions, more green chillies, and sometimes a mix of sautéed vegetables. We like a simple combination of extra zippy green chutney, thin half moons of red onion, and green chillies — and a little bit of Maggi Sweet & Hot or ketchup, though this is optional.
If you want to add some protein to this, substitute half of the potatoes with 6 ounces of crumbled paneer, mixed in after the potatoes are mashed in Step 4.