Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chicken Frankie (Dadar Shivaji Park style)

All those who have eaten a Chicken Frankie at the Tibbs outlet at Shivaji Park Dadar in Mumbai will agree with me when I say that the frankie you get there is surpassed by none. It's spicy ,hot ,tangy and the outer roll is filled with the most delicious and tender spicy chicken. If you have just spent a whole morning shopping in Dadar, and are looking for some great tasting food to replenish your energy conserves so that you can shop some more later then this is the place to head for. After reading this you might be under the impression that I am a regular there, but the fact is that I have frequented that place only twice in my life, but the taste was so awesome that every time I think of Frankies that's the only place I remember.

So some days back when I made these at home I tried my level best to replicate the taste and must say I did succeed to some extent. After all some things always taste best when eaten at the road side. I am sure you all agree.
But here's how I went about it:

To make about 6 frankies you will need:
250 gms boneless chicken cut into bite size pieces,
puree of 2 tomatoes,
1 onion finely chopped,
4 to 5 cloves of garlic crushed,
1 inch piece of ginger finely grated,
1.5 tspn amchoor powder (dry mango powder)
1 tspn chilly powder, (more if you want it hotter)
1 tspn garam masala,
1/2 tspn coriander powder,
1/2 tspn cumin powder,
3 to 4 tblspns fresh coriander chopped
1 tblspn fresh mint coarsely chopped
2 to 3 tblspns oil
salt to taste


1. Heat the oil in a saute pan and fry the garlic ginger for a minute,

2. Add to that the chopped onion and fry further till onion is golden,

3. Next add the tomato puree and all the spice powders except for the amchoor ( chilly, cumin , coriander and garam masala) ,

4. Now cook on a moderate flame till the tomato is thoroughly cooked and as lost some of its moisture,

5. Add the chicken pieces at this stage and cook further adding a little amount of water if needed . We want a moist filling for the frankie but not a runny one (Chicken will take about 4 to 5 minutes to cook. Don't overcook as the chicken will go dry and rubbery),

6. Once the chicken is cooked add the amchoor, fresh coriander, mint and salt and give it a stir. Give it a taste and set aside.

For the outer Roll:
You need:
1 cup wholemeal flour and 1 cup plain flour (maida)
1 tspn salt
1 tblspn oil

Mix all the above ingredients into a soft dough.
This dough will make about 6 large wraps or chapatis
Roll out the wraps one at a time and half roast them.
When all the wraps are cooked keep them covered till you need them. Also keep at hand 2 eggs .

For the salad stuffing:
1 onion thinly sliced,
1 cup cabbage thinly sliced,
1 cup shredded lettuce,
2 tspns lemon juice,
1/2 tspn chilly powder,
a pinch of salt

Now to assemble the frankie:

1. Break one egg into a bowl and lightly beat it. Heat the tawa (flat pan) and spray a little oil on it . Place one wrap on the hot tawa and brush it generously with some egg . Flip the wrap onto the other side and let the egg cook well. This will form a delicious egg coating on the inside of the wrap.

2. Remove the wrap from the tawa. In the centre of the wrap place 2 tblspns of the chicken stuffing and some of the raw salad stuffing. Dot it with any spicy sauce of your choice and roll it up into a fabulous frankie.

3 Repeat the procedure with all the other wraps..

That's it. You can now dig in. Just make plenty of wraps and filling as everyone is going to ask for seconds and thirds and maybe even fourths.


Bindiya said...

Anupama, this looks yum!, though I have never been to Bombay but I can just imagine the taste ,the way you have described it.

Anonymous said...

oh, yeah. and also the ones on colaba causeway and linking road, bandra.


amna said...

i looooooove tibbs frankies!! shud try this at home sometime!!

Padmaja said...

That looks so delicious!! I bet you kiddo must have relished them!!

Dori said...

Oooooh, looks and sounds soooo good!

Kribha said...

That looks so tempting and delicious. Never eaten this before. Your presentation is awesome.

Rina said...

Anu, this is so cool. Love them in the picture. Can't wait to try this.Makes a good snack or a meal. Thanx for the reciope yaar.

Meera said...

I think I must have had frankie in all the stalls in Mumbai from Colaba to Dadar to Bandra (Hill Rd/Linking Rd)!! Thanks for sharing. A must try!!:-)

Anonymous said...

how can we contact you ?

Mahek said...

i am a great fan of the 'SHIVAJI PARK TIBBS FRANKIE'. I have been eating it since i was in college and thats for many years and it still tastes the same after all the years....
I resided in Dadar and so it was a regular snack on saturdays and sundays for me.
thanks for posting about it.

Rajesh &Shankari said...

I have had the frankies at churchgate station just before I long journey to Kandivilli.
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

can you please tell me how to do the wrap?

Kalpana said...


Padmaja said...

you have gone quiet for a long time?? is everything alright!! happy new year

Anonymous said...

Nice and easy...or fast and easy... this makes me hungry...

Anupama said...

A very Big HI to all of you . Sorry for such a big and unexplained break from blogging. I am doing fine , but it's just that I haven't cooked anything worth blogging about in a very very long time and so the silence on my blog. Thanks Padmaja for your concern. I'll be back as soon as I have something great to share with all of you, and hopefully that will be very soon.

Ashwini said...

Hi Anupama, I discovered your blog today. and it's a gold mine of yummy recipes... im from mumbai..and for the last couple of days i was absolutely craving for a chicken frankie.. my fav is the one u get at quality stores (juhu and linking road)...and i stumbled upon ur recipe.. i think it's going to taste quite similar.. i'll be back as soon as i try it..take care.keep blogging!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe, will try it over this weekend. My husband is always craving for chicken frankies mumbai ishtyle and being in UK, sadly we miss them...hence my search which has finally ended with your recipe! Thanks once again Anupama.

Unknown said...

Hi Anu,

I tried the recipe today. Tastes yummy :) My whole family loved it. I added one more ingredient in addition to amchur, it is chaat masala.Turned out wonderful !

Thanks for the great recipe.

Khushbu.Kapasi. said...

Yum yum yum! My taste buds yelled for just a bite of the frankie from shivaji park! Thanks for posting :)

Spiceaholic said...

I've heard of frankies but have never had them. Your recipe looks good though!

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marathimanoos said...

नमस्कार अनुपमा,
छान आहे तुमचा ब्लोग. एकदम आवडला. मला चिकन फ्रान्की ची रेसिपी पाहिजे होती ती मिळाली. माझे फिलाडेल्फियात छोटेसे महाराष्ट्रीयन रेस्तोरांत आहे.
एक दुरुस्ती करावीशी वाटते.
Catcher in the Rye हे पुस्तक JD Salinger यांनी लिहिले आहे.
मिलिंद रानडे

Nayantara said...

can't believe this!! its almost same as that of Tibbs'.. was craving for this since I left Mumbai.. thanks a ton for sharing this recipe..

Vanita said...

Thks a lot for this recipe. I was born & bought up in Mumbai. But now relocated to Bangalore since 7 yrs. . I miss all these. God Bless you.

Koel said...

I am learning to cook and your recipe just made my day. You are my god!!! :)

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Nutrition Facts said...

Chicken frankie is looking like a Chicken Roll and it may be spicy and tasty !!

Unknown said...

this frankie just soooooo mouthwatering....yyyuummmmmm....i had tried this once...but now i am making it evry weekend at my home n everybody appreciates it..!

Prachi said...

Thanks a lot for this recipe, it turned out yummy.

garima said...

Anupama I came across you only now when I did a search for frankie recipe. I have only ever eaten the quality picnic frankie on Bandra Linking Road. Thisnone sounds so good. Shall be trying it this evening for my girls. Intend going through your blog soon. Thanks a lot.

Sabiha said...

Hi Anupama!! I stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for a recipie for chicken frankie, my first ever. Well, I followed your recipe and it was big hit. Curiosity then took me to the Tibb’s at Shivaji Park, and I could tell you that the one I made was better than their (maybe I am biased). That was a month back. Today, I am making frankie again for Iftar party at my place.  Thanks a lot. You other recipes look just as great. Gotto try them all!

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