In my 37 years of working in the culinary industry, I have had the opportunity and privilege of travelling to work around the world and I have learned a lot along the way. Starting in India as a Chef de Partie in 1982 and moving on to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Miami, I took the chance to leave the comfort of home in order to broaden my horizons. From 1992 to 2001, I was in Bermuda where I started as a Sous Chef and worked my way up to a Business Manager in charge of International Cuisine Operations. I then came to the land of opportunities to further my culinary dream. In the year 2001, I arrived in California and worked as a chef and manager. I travelled around the country working as a chef until the year 2009 where I had the opportunity to become an Executive Chef for Multiple Indian Restaurants where I spent most of my time setting up and creating exquisite menus. After a few years I decided to move to Orlando, FL where I started Kathi Rolls and I was able to get more creative with food as I created unique menus for my customers. My vision for Kathi Rolls, was to bring the local street food flavours from my hometown in Kolkata, India and share them with my new Florida family.
If you ever come across a gathering of people who have moved out of Kolkata, you will notice that their discussions will soon veer towards food. One constant refrain would be about how the street food of their adopted city doesn't match up to what they have left back home. Not anymore!
Kolkata (also known as Calcutta), the third largest city in India, also happens to be one of the country’s friendliest cities for street food lovers. Vendors are everywhere serving everything from famous Bengali snacks to full meals of rice and curry. Serenaded by the constant stream of honking, foot traffic, and hawkers, there’s nothing better than biting into a tasty snack and washing it down with a clay cup of chai. Enjoying Kolkata street food has to be one of the best things to do in Kolkata!
One of the most famous Kolkata contributions to the world of Indian street food is the Kati roll. It’s essentially a paratha that’s stuffed with a choice of filling and wrapped into a handheld treat – like a burrito. Chicken or mutton kebab meat, and eggs, are the common fillings, but paneer is also an option. As for Kolkata street food, when you’re craving something greasy and tasty, a kati roll is sure to please.