Kothu Chapathi

Thursday is the last working day of the week here in the Middle East. Weekend mode sets in and the work lunch are usually the empty-the-fridge kind or using up the leftovers so that we are not forced to eat leftovers at least on weekends. I had 4 chapathis/rotis leftover from yesterday and wanted to finish it off. I cooked up this delicious kothu chapathi aka roti upma aka chili chapathi, whatever you wanna call it in just 15 minutes on a working day morning.

What you need

  • Rotis – 4
  • Onions – 1 medium sized
  • Tomato – 1
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Green chili – 1
  • Tomato Ketchup or readymade tomato paste (optional)
  • Curry Leaves
  • Red Chili Powder
  • Garam Masala Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Cooking oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Fennel seeds or Sanuf – 1 tsp (optional)
  • Salt

How to

  1. Switch on the stove and place a kadai with oil on medium heat. As it gets hotter get the vegetables ready.
  2. Chop the onions and tomatoes. Slit the green chilies.
  3. Cut the chapathis into bite-size pieces. Thin slices are better.
  4. Once the oil is hot enough for cooking, add the fennel seeds and fry for a couple of seconds.
  5. Add in the onions and cook until transparent.
  6. Now add the ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  7. Throw in the tomatoes and the curry leaves cook until mushy. If you are adding tomato ketchup or readymade tomato paste add it now.
  8. Add the turmeric, red chili and garam masala powders and the required salt for the masala. I have not mentioned any quantity for the powders because it is completely up to how you like it.
  9. Mix well and add in the cut slices of the chapathi into the kadai and mix well to coat all the slices of the chapathi are coated with the masala.
  10. If your chapathis have salt, check and add in as required.
  11. Switch off the flame and leave it covered with a lid for a minute. This helps in making the chapathi slices get softer.
  12. Raita or plain yogurt goes well as a side.

The dish makes up for a good breakfast and best for lunchboxes as well.

Kothu Chapathi

How do you use up the leftover chapathis/rotis? Do let me know in the comments, would love to know.


7 thoughts on “Kothu Chapathi

  1. Super, Pri! I’ll be trying this simple recipe. I’d imagine adding some eggs would be great too for someone like me who’s biggest meal is lunch 🙂


    1. Thanks Arch! Let me know how adding eggs work for you. I was apprehensive to add them for lunch box thinking if it might make it soggier.


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