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Muttai Kothu Parotta - Road Side Food of Chennai

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My name is Lakshmi, and I am a homemaker. I love cooking and experimenting with different recipes, especially those from my native India.

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10 min

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20 min

2 to 3 servings


Kothu Parotta is a flavourful street-side recipe that has its origin in Sri-lanka and much-loved food of Tamilians. We can prepare this dish with the left-over parottas(multi-layered flatbread ), and we can bring multiple variations by adding eggs/chicken/vegetables along with the parotta. Another important ingredient to make this recipe is salna or any veg or non-veg curry/khorma, I will tell you how to make salna in another blog.


  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 3 Medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato, finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic pste
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoons pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 4 no.of Parottas, minced finely
  • Half cup of Mutton/chicken/vegeatable Khorma


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the fennel seeds. Once they splutter, add the onions, curry leaves, and ginger-garlic paste. Saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and saute again, then add the masala powders, salt, cook for another two minutes.
  3. At this stage, add the eggs and mix well with the masala. When eggs are 50% cooked, add the minced parottas and blend well with the eggs and masalas. Stir fry them continuously for another 3 minutes.
  4. Finally, add the gravy/salna into it and mix it well. Now the tastiest kothu parotta is ready to eat with mutton/chicken curry/onion raita.


Lakshmi (author) from Chennai on October 17, 2020:

Thank you Rajan Singh Jolly,you are welcome.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 17, 2020:

Very interesting variation with leftover parathas to create a new dish. Thanks for sharing

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Lakshmi (author) from Chennai on October 11, 2020:

Thank you for your interest, Amy, Do try, and definitely you will like it.

Amy on October 11, 2020:

Thanks for this recipe, Lakshmi! I love kothuporottas and can't wait to try your recipe.

Lakshmi (author) from Chennai on October 09, 2020:

Hi danny,Thank you for your appreciation and yes chennai is famous and you enjoy it.

Danny from India on October 09, 2020:

Although I have never sampled any Chennai street food, by looking at the recipe I feel I should visit Chennai, especially for this dish.

Lakshmi (author) from Chennai on October 09, 2020:

Thank you for your appreciation Liz Westwood .

Liz Westwood from UK on October 09, 2020:

This is an interesting and well-presented recipe.

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