Friday, 23 December 2011

Vegetable Kothu Paratha / Kothu Roti

This is the famous road side food in Chennai. I’ve never eaten it in Chennai, but when my cousins came to visit me last year, they made this for us and it was very tasty and different (for us).

They made it with Chicken and Egg. I wanted to try making it with Vegetables for a long time now, but never got around to do it. I was going through Amy’s blog and found that Kothu Roti is part of the Sri Lankan cuisine as well.

Serves: 2 – 3 as main course OR 4 – 5 as snack

5 Layered Parthas – cooked and roughly chopped (I used store bought frozen ones)
2 Onions – finely chopped
3 Green Chillies – finely minced (adjust)
2 cups mixed vegetables (I used Carrots, Beans & Peas)
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1 tsp Garlic Paste
2 Tomatoes – finely chopped
½ tsp Red Chilli Powder (optional)
¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
20 Curry Leaves (1 sprig)
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste (remember that the parathas will have salt in them)

  1. Heat Oil in a pan – I used a frying pan as its easier to mix everything.
  2. Once hot, add the Mustard and Cumin Seeds and let them crackle.
  3. Add the Green Chillies and Curry Leaves and saute for a minute or so.
  4. Add the Onions and fry till they turn transparent..
  5. Now add the Ginger and Garlic Pastes and fry till the raw smell goes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, Turmeric, Coriander and Chilli (if using) Powders and cook till the masala comes together.
  7. Now add the Vegetables, mix and cook till they are done.
  8. Now add the chopped parathas and mix well and cook till the parathas are heated through.
  9. Serve hot with Raita or on its own.
Note 1: I have torn the parathas with hand. The pieces are not uniform, but we don’t mind.
Note 2: You can add boiled vegetables to reduce the cooking time.

After our dinner, there was enough left for my lunch box the next day.

This goes to the following events:

Priya's Cooking with Seeds - Peas

Veena's HLI - Peas that was started by Kalyani.

Valli's Snacks Mela

Priya's Flavours of Sri Lanka that was started by Nayna.


  1. Wow kothu paratha looks super delicious and inviting;thanks for sending to CWS..

  2. Hello Swetha ...
    Thank you for dropping by my space...

    I struggle a lot with pictures because the sun is practically non existant... With my tripod on , each picture is 1 sec click or just 1/3rd sec ...

    Your pictures are quite good and glad I m here...

  3. awww.. Veggie kothu parotta. My childhood fav. I used to eat them very often those days.

  4. The veg kothu paratha looks yum! Excellent!

  5. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments...

  6. veggies kothu parota looks inviting...loved your addition of mixed vegs, great idea...
    u have lovely blog with yummy delights...glad to follow u...
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