Monday, March 3, 2014

Tuna Roti Rolls with Baby Potatoes




"I am not a glutton. I am an explorer of food." 
(Erma Bombeck)





I love these roti rolls for dinner. They're simple, and you can think of a hundred quick stuffings that can be made in a jiffy. I was first introduced to chappati rolls at my grandmother's place, on one of our annual visits to Punjab. I was five or six years old. There were quite a lot of us gathered there, aunts, uncles, cousins, and the vegetable fell short at dinner one day. So one of my aunts decided to ration the vegetable by making rolls for the kids and womenfolk. Of course the men weren't included in this roll(icking) business! I found eating chappatis and regular vegetable fun that night, and that's how it all started.
I had some chappatis left over from lunch, and I was in no mood to go the whole hog with a typical Indian dinner, nor was I inclined to make churma or sel roti, or roti samosas or whatever one does with left over chappatis. And there weren't enough to feed my maid's family. So out came a can of 'Light Meat Tuna,' a couple of cucumbers and baby potatoes. My dinner was rolling!



Ingredients:




Tuna.............................................1 small can
Onion.............................................1 small
Tomato..........................................1 small
Ginger...........................................1/2 "
Green chilli acc to taste
Fresh coriander............................small bunch
Mayonnaise....................................1 tbsp
Cumin seeds..................................1/2 tsp
Olive oil.........................................1 tbsp
salt to taste
Pepper (optional)
Cucumbers



For the herb potatoes:

Baby potatoes...........................................as required
Mixed herbs (dry).....................................a generous sprinkle
Salt to taste
Pepper or red chilli acc to taste
Extra Virgin Olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 Before starting on the tuna mix, boil and peel the potatoes.
Then heat the oil in a pan. And add the peeled potatoes. Stir around in the pan to mix in the oil. Add salt. Leave uncovered and allow to brown. Keep stirring from time to time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 Now add the herbs, pepper or red chilli, whichever you prefer. Check for salt. Give it a good stir or two and remove from stove.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

For The Tuna:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


  
Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they turn a light brown add the chopped onion.
Crush the ginger and chop the green chilli very fine or mince coarsely.
When the onions turn translucent, add the ginger and green chilli.
Stir, and cook for a few seconds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Now add the chopped tomato. Stir and cook on low heat covered, until the tomato becomes soft and can be mashed easily with a ladle.
Then add the chopped coriander. Stir into the mixture.
Drain the oil from the tuna meat. Add the tuna to the pan and mix well.
Check for salt. Add if you need more.
If desired, you may add some pepper too.
When the liquid dries, remove from fire.
Cool. When cooled down add the mayo.                                                                                                                                                                              
 Wrap the chappatis in a cloth and warm in a microwave oven. If you are using fresh ones there's no need to warm!!
Spread the tuna stuffing over the chappati and roll.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Peel and chop the cucumber into thin slices or any way you like. Dinner is ready! I usually watch something interesting on the TV when I eat, and I enjoy my meals. I like conversation around the dining table, but when you live alone the TV is a great substitute for live conversation! Hope you have interesting, lively conversations along with your meal.


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