Kothu Parotta ~ Tamil Nadu Street Food
Having blogged Tamil Nadu/Kerala style parotta and chicken salna, its now time to bring to you an irresistible street food of Tamil Nadu that combines both of them in a mish mash of sorts. I am talking about Kothu Parotta. Kothu Parotta is prepared with mixed vegetables that include carrot, beans and green peas, egg kothu parotta calls for scrambling eggs while chicken kothu parotta has chicken pieces with salna gravy going into it. Whatever the variation, I can tell you that it is a hard to resist fast food.
Kothu means ‘minced’ in Tamil where the small strips of soft and flaky parottas are coated with a medley of spices and salna (gravy) and pounded into a mince using the edge of a flat spatula. Egg Kothu Parotta or Muttai Parotta is prepared with shredded parotta that is tossed in a sauteed onion-tomato spiced mixture, scrambled eggs and salna. In most restaurants it is served with raita but you can savor the dish without any accompaniment. Its a meal on its own, very filling and full of flavor. To learn more on how it is prepared in restaurants and street food hawkers, do watch the video of Egg kothu parotta recipe.
Kothu Parotta with Egg Recipe
- Parotta - 4, shredded into pieces or long strips as shown in the image above
- Salna - 1 cup, (gravy of chicken or vegetable salna)
- Eggs - 3, lightly beaten with little salt
- Onions - 1, large, finely chopped
- Tomato - 1, medium, finely choppped
- Green chilies - 1 or 2, slit length wise
- Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- Red chili powder - 1/2 - 1 tsp (adjust)
- Garam Masala powder - pinch
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
- Oil - 2-3 tbsps
- Curry leaves - 1 sprig
- Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup (chopped including stalks)
- Salt to taste
- Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the curry leaves, green chilies and chopped onions and saute on medium flame for 4 mts.
- Add ginger garlic paste and chopped stalks of coriander leaves and saute for 3 mts.
- Add red chili powder, turmeric powder and mix well. Add chopped tomatoes and saute for 4 mts.
- Make a well in the center and pour the egg mixture and scramble it till almost cooked. Mix the contents of the vessel such that the scrambled eggs mix well with the onion-tomato mixture.
- Add the shredded parotta and salna and mix well. The contents should be minced with a pounding action using the end of a flat spatula. Cook on medium flame for 4 mts tossing the contents well.
- Add garam masala, lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Turn off flame.
- Remove to a serving bowl and serve warm.
- You can add a few chicken pieces without bones along with salna and this variation is called Chicken Kothu Parotta.
- Vegetarians can add mixed vegetables like chopped carrots, beans and green peas and use vegetable salna.
Kothu Parotta, a popular street food of Tamil Nadu, is made with parotta, eggs and salna (chicken gravy). Also known as Muttai Parotta or Egg Kothu Parotta.