Turkish-Indian Fusion Treat

28 Oct

Spending Sunday afternoons at Spitalfields/Brick Lane Market in East London is slowly becoming a weekly ritual. The Brick Lane Food Market is home to an array of food from all over the world – from Sri Lankan to Mexican and Brazilian to Japanese. As aromas of pickled curries and fried dumplings waft through the air, one can’t help but be enticed by what each stall has to offer. For me it has become a weekly predicament to decide where to try food from!

Two weeks ago I noticed a food stall serving Turkish-Indian fusion food called Roti Roll and decided to check it out.

I was very intrigued by the idea of combining two of my favourite cuisines that seemingly have little in common. To the credit of  Mona and Tamercan who spend the entire Saturday night cooking in preparation for the influx of eager, tourists and locals the following day, the amalgamation of the two cultures and cuisines results in delicious, flavourful food. Interestingly, Mona and Tamercan are from India and Turkey respectively and cook food that represents their national origins merging the Mediterranean flavours with the Indian spices and garnishes. I found it somewhat fascinating to note this is not a trendy attempt at fusion but rather mirrors the reality of perhaps many multicultural households – where what is prepared in the kitchen and served on the dining table is a delightful marriage of distinct ingredients and flavour profiles that individuals bring from their individual cultures.

Roti Roll serves lentils and rice, hummus and falafel as well as delicious wraps with fillings such as kababs (either in the form of  kofte – meatballs or slender seekh kebabs), garlic chicken, masala potato, chicken tikka. The choice of roti or wrap is also varied, you can choose from plain, cheese and onion or chili and corriander all cooked freshly on a tawa. The meat or vegetarian filling is drowned in mint sauce, chili sauce and feta cheese and fluffed with some cabbage and lettuce. As you take a bite, there is an explosion of flavour in your mouth. Everything on the menu is under £6. Try it out and let us know what u think!

– R


5 Responses to “Turkish-Indian Fusion Treat”

  1. Rodela October 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM #

    Love this and very true analysis about the “trend” of fusion cooking really being a reality for many modern “fusion” households. Great and yummy article 🙂

    • Food Across Borders November 13, 2010 at 5:31 PM #

      Thanks Rodela!

    • Kayte June 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM #


  2. Sabrina June 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM #

    Hey, I just went to the Brick Lane Sunday UpMarket and guess what?? I tried the Turkish & Indian fusion….. Wow, wow, wow! They’ve moved near the front of the Market on the corner you got to check them out! Thanks

  3. Amit June 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM #

    By far the best stall in the whole Market …. I’m an Indian and I loved the food so they are streets ahead, hats off to Mona and Tamercan for Roti Roll

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