Eating out Kaati Zone offers desi fast food — the essential paratha with filling you can grab on the move

Kaati Zone on Church Street is like any fast food joint. But the specialty is that it offers truly desi khaana in a no nonsense way. It's here that the humble paratha gets a makeover and is served in varied avataars. They come as crisp cheese toasts, rolls and even shaped as triangular crispies with a generous amount of vegetables and cheese.

The menu is tiny and offers just enough variety to choose from. We start our meal with the lovely tangy green sprout salad (Rs. 40) and the paneer salad. The sprout salad really light on the tummy. While the sprouts are tangy and have a generous amount of the chaat masala powder, the latter leans more towards the cream and cheese and with the paneer as a main ingredient, it's a bit on the heavier side.

Then there are starters like the crispy vegetable cutlets (Rs. 25), French fries and the lovely golden chicken nuggets (Rs. 50), which come with the tomato ketchup, green chutney or the cheese dip. We chose all the three and made sure that not a crumb of these crispy delights were wasted.

For the main course there are the famous Kaati Rolls. These are thick parathas made into rolls with a wide range of fillings, with options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

The parathas come in three sizes — mini, regular and jumbo. Each is priced differently, according to the filling.

And filling options are many. Mixed vegetables, tava paneer, chicken crispy, chicken chatpata, chicken tikka, and mutton sheekh. Having one jumbo roll is enough to keep you going. The mini aloo Amritsari roll is priced at Rs. 25 and the egg and cheese comes at Rs. 45 (mini roll).

We had the mixed vegetable and the chicken crispy rolls. It's a meal in itself. In the latter you have enough chicken pieces, with onions, capsicums and vegetables, all rolled into one big paratha.

The main attraction at Kaati Zone is the newly introduced cheesaria. “This particular dish is an inspired take on the Spanish snack quesadilla, which literally means ‘cheese tortilla' in Spanish. Here we stuff the parathas with vegetables, chicken or paneer and cheese filling, smear with butter and grill them,” explains Kiran Nadkarni, Founder and CEO of Kaati Zone.

If you want to enjoy this dish you have to just bury the thought of “diet” or “cholesterol” and just get carried away with every cheesy bite. This one is a must try. The veg cheesaria is priced at Rs. 50.

Though Kaati Zone offers ice creams we decide to go in for the kaju kishmish roll (Rs. 50) and the rabdi (Rs. 50). They are not too sweet nor too heavy but make for a happy ending to a happy meal.

For customers who want to eat at home or office, Kaati Zone provides free delivery service. Contact their call centre on 41122100. You can also log on to www.kaatizone.com and order the kaati roll for the day.

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