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My hometown is Madurai city in the state of Tamil Nadu which is in southern part of India.  My hometown is called as a Temple city, which has a long history for its beautiful temples and architecture.  This place is also called as "Thoonga Nagaram" (the city that NEVER sleeps) because it operates twenty four hours a day.  A large number of  city's food outlets remain open well past midnight and even you enjoy steaming hot food during the midnight.  There are so many dishes that are famous in  my town; particularly Parotta, Biryani, Idli and it is also well known for Non-vegetarian food.

Parotta is a layered Indian bread made using all purpose flour, without any leavening agent and its almost everyone's favorite too.  They are very famous in the southern part of Tamil Nadu, especially in Tuticorin, Viruthunagar and Madurai (My Home Town) where they serve it traditionally in a banana leaf. 

The dish I am posting today is Kothu Parotta literally means minced Parotta.  It is made using Parotta, Egg, Meat and Salna which is a spicy sauce. Variations of  Kothu Parotta are Egg(Muttai) Kothu Parotta, Chilli Parotta and the Vegetarian version is "Vegetable Kothu Parotta" which is served with onion raita.The ingredients are thrown on a hot cast iron griddle lubricated with oil. These are minced and mixed by repeated pounding using a heavy iron spatula, the sound  of which can be heard from a long distance.  This sound really scared me a lot in my childhood days :) 

Kothu Parotta(Muttai) is a very famous road side food available in small road side food shops.  It is also available in restaurants, but is usually tastes better in  street food shops.  It is very popular in Tamil Nadu, but is also available in other parts of India and in Sri Lanka, where it is known as "Kothu Roti". 

My mom makes Parotta almost every sunday and the left over parotta dough will be made into Kothu parotta for next day evening. Yumm :)  I really miss those days :(

Lets come to the recipe part: As I said earlier, in hotels they usually add Salna(basically a non veg curry, a spicy sauce) for making Kothu Parotta.  But today I am  giving you Vegetarian Salna recipe which you can make and add according to your preference.  If you want to make Egg Kothu parotta, just omit the vegetable  part and add egg that's it.  Even if you are running out of time you can also make exactly same on without Salna but see note if you are doing in that way.


Salna - Plain Gravy/Spicy sauce for making Kothu parotta

Onion - 1/2 roughly chopped
Tomatoes  - 1 roughly chopped
Coconut - 1 1/2 tbsp
Poppy seed(khus khus) - 1 tsp
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
Garlic - 2 cloves
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - very little
Coriander leaves  - 1 tbsp (chopped)
Oil - 3 tbsp

For Tempering :

Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - small piece
Cloves - 1
Cardamom - 1
Curry leaves - few
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Egg masala powder/Biriyani masala - 1/2 tsp

Method :

1. Heat oil in a pan.
2. Add cummin seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds.
3. Saute the onions,tomatoes,ginger,garlic,grated coconut and poppy seed.
4. Once it is cooled. Grind to fine paste.
5. Heat enough oil, add the curry leaves,fennel seeds and whole spices.
6. Add the chilli powder and add the ground paste, little water.
7. Let it come to boil.  When the gravy thickens switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander.



Parotta - 10 (Tear into very very small pieces)
Green chillies - 2 to 3 sliced
Onion - 2 sliced
Curry leaves few
Tomato - 1 big (chopped)
Carrot, Peas,Beans,Cabbage -  1 1/2 cup (Finely chopped) Since I did not had beans and cabbage on that day I did not use, usually I use to add. I used Frozen 
peas, so microwave for few seconds and keep it aside.
Salna - 1/2 cup (Use it according to your preference)
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - handful (finely chopped)
Oil - 4 tbsp


Method :

1. Heat Oil in the pan, add green chilli, curry leaves and onion.  Saute till light brown and then add tomato.  Add salt.
Saute till it is mushy.
2. Now add finely chopped vegetables in this order first beans when it is half done, add carrots and cabbage.(I did not use beans and cabbage this time).
3. When the vegetables are sauteed well.  Add the Salna (Gravy) and Parotta pieces.
4. Now add the pepper powder and microwaved green peas. 
5. Saute well until everything is blended well and slightly roasted.
6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with simply onion raita.



1.  If you are making egg kothu parotta, just omit the vegetable part and add 4 eggs(break add little salt and beat seperately) after adding Salna and parotta pieces.
Cook until everything is blended and roasted well. The egg gets scrambled , binds the masala and Parotta.
2. Use oil liberally.
3. Add Salna according to your preference.  The left over Salna can be used as side dish for chappathi, Dosa and Idli too.
4. If you are doing without Salna  follow this procedure
     *  Add tsp of Saunf(fennel seeds) for tempering.
     *  Add tsp of Biriyani or egg masala while adding chilli powder.
Follow other procedure exactly.

Sumi  – (December 13, 2011 at 9:52 AM)  

wow, Iam drooling here...delicious parotta, one of my favorites :)

Anonymous –   – (December 13, 2011 at 9:56 AM)  

OMG Love this!!! Tagged this..

Laavanya  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM)  

I had no idea you are from Madurai too.. :)
I LOVE kothu parotta and that looks awesome!

Nandita SS  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM)  

Wonderful recipe Pavithra and beautifully presented as well :)

Saraswathi Ganeshan  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:11 AM)  

Wooow stunning picture makes me drool here...want to grab whole bowl:)

Priya Suresh  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM)  

Seriously you are killing me with ur clicks, cant take my eyes from that incredible kothu parotta Pavi.

Hari Chandana P  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM)  

Woww... looks so tempting and delicious.. awesome pictures dear.. :)
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Charu Srivastava  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM)  

wow luks absolutely delicious...thanx for sharing the detailed recipe...mix veg is parotta is my fav whennever i visit sagar ratna

Aarthi  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM)  

awesome recipe..thanks for sharing dear.


Archana  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM)  

OMG love this one. Amazing pics.

Chitra  – (December 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM)  

super super delicious kottu parotta...can eat it anytime...very nice pictures and presentation :) love it..

Unknown  – (December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM)  

Being from madurai side, I love kothu parotta too. Now I am missing here same like you. few months before when I saw frozen parotta in indian shop, oh...I pulled immediately and prepared kothu parotta. You post is making me drooooooool much and reminds me of my childhood.

Radhika  – (December 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM)  

I love kotthu parotta and can eat it any time. Thanks for giving the veg version of salna. Had been searching for one to go with when I make at home.

Unknown  – (December 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM)  

Brings back memories. Looks so yummy dear!

Nithu Bala  – (December 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM)  

Love kothu parotta..thanks for sharing this..nice clicks..

Reshmi Mahesh  – (December 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM)  

Wow...kothu parotta looks superb and the clicks are very tempting...

Raks  – (December 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM)  

Delicious kothu parota andperfect match side dish, thanks for the recipe for salna I wanted to try :)

Lifewithspices  – (December 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM)  

awesome dish.. who would say no to kothu parotta..

Unknown  – (December 14, 2011 at 12:08 AM)  

My fav....yummy looking parotta

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (December 14, 2011 at 12:45 AM)  

OMG...pass me the bowl....kothu parota looks absolutely yummy.

anjana  – (December 14, 2011 at 3:22 AM)  

looks so yummy...very tempting and delicious !!

chef and her kitchen  – (December 14, 2011 at 4:11 AM)  

I make this very simple....nice 2 see the traditional version wid salna...looks yumm n delicious pictures..looks too good

Ami's Vegetarian  – (December 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM)  

Omg this is mouthwatering....beautiful photos, i was salivating while looking at this. Photos are great and done its job well....made me crave for this. I make it too, but slightly different method. I like your salna recipe which i want to try.

check out my recipe here

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (December 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM)  

That dish sounds amazing and looks ever so palatable! A fabulous combo.



Reva  – (December 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM)  

You make me miss our home state so much..:( I almost went back to TamilNadu street food stalls where this dish is served..
Wonderful Pavi..:) Truly awesome and flavourful.. I like the various options that you have given - with and without salna and the varieties..))
Make it ealier even for novice cooks..:)
Very well made and presented dear..:)

Magic of Spice  – (December 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM)  

Oh my goodness, this is just fantastic! And the photos are gorgeous!

Sushma  – (December 15, 2011 at 1:24 AM)  

Pavitra lovely read this was and what an pictorial dipict of the recipes. drooling over..

meenu  – (January 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM)  

thank you for sharing the recipe. it came out well. My husband loves it! your pictures look wonderful!!

nith  – (February 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM)  

tried this recipe.Turned out very nice. Thanks for sharing the receipe :)

Rose /Magpie  – (February 25, 2013 at 10:32 PM)  

YUM Pavi! Love Kothhu paratha. Sometimes I make with chappatis also :) Must try with this salna!

Suresh Urs  – (May 3, 2013 at 12:14 AM)  

Wow! I love the parothas more. Thanks awesome post. ClickDrink Recipes

nith  – (September 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM)  

I have tired this a couple time but never left a note. Thanks for this awesome and detailed recipe, turned out great every time :)

Sowm  – (November 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM)  

Hello Pavithra,
awesome.I would love to try this.
Also,can i have the receipe for the parotta. Thank you!

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