The bus honk at eight am in the morning; the sound of the post lunchtime school bell; the siren of the last metro missed by a whisker – all these deadlines and busy schedules of our lives make one want to pack moments into different bags, each to be taken out in leisure and gorged upon, if and when, one such evening arrives.
In those moments of flurry, when things are got done in a jiffy, it’s the food that one carries along, like the early morning aloo ka parantha wrapped as a roll that lets you celebrate life on the go. In a salute to the ‘roll’, Metrolife elaborates on the variety available.
“A well made Shawarma is like the one I eat at Al-Bake near New Friends Colony. It has just the right combination of grilled chicken, salads, chilli and tomato sauce to create a buzz that offsets slightly by the cooling effect of mint and yogurt,” says Zeyad Khan who is always caught up in deadlines related to his work. The wrap is very soft in texture and melts in the mouth.
Shawarma is one of the most popular item of wrap and roll preparation, with vegetables and chicken as two variants to it.
Usually, the main meat or vegetable-paneer, cabbage and bells pepper are cooked on grills and then Shawarma is wrapped with grilled mains and tabbouleh, tomato and cucumber, toppings that include tahini, hummus and chopped mukhalal. Tacos, a traditional Mexican roll with strong Carribean influences comes under the category of wraps and rolls.
Chef Anil Pandey at Raasta elucidates on it: “It is composed of a corn and wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese often accompanied with garnishes such as salsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce. Sour cream and salsa are a standard accompaniment with taco.”
Speaking of rolls, one cannot miss out Falafel, the traditional Middle Eastern deep-fired ball usually served rolled up in pita bread and served as a roll in markets such as Karol Bagh and Khan Market where students preparing for State Service examinations catch up on a quick meal before or after their classes at fast-food joints.