A Sandwich a Day: Okra Roll at Thelewala
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
We've mentioned before that we're big fans of the 'Nizami rolls' at Thelewala on Macdougal Street in the West Village. The Chapli roll, filled with juicy minced lamb, and the Thelewala chicken roll are both worth ordering. But if you're feeling a little vegetable-deficient, or you need a second roll to bulk up your lunch, the Okra Roll ($5) will satisfy.
The okra retains its bright green color and firm texture, and the filling is plenty flavorful thanks to purple onions and a tangy spice mix that adds a little bit of heat. The tender, flaky paratha wrapped around the veggies makes the whole thing work—why would anyone eat sad lunch 'wraps' when there's another option this delicious?