Exactly a year ago, I read this article on The Hindu - In Search of Virudhunagar Ennai Parotta", the pictures were so sinfully tempting! I have lived all my life in Tamil Nadu and still, this one was new for me. As expected I was taken in so much that I wanted to rush in right away to make these. I was however not able to make these and it looks like it has taken me a year to finally share this.
Of course, this was one of the first posts I made for the Indian States. Parottas are flaky, layered Indian Bread mostly made popular by the roadside shops that you find all over Tamil Nadu. It's really such wonderful art to see a parotta master flipping the parottas in the air and swirl it to a rope and quickly gathering it as a ball and pressing it down as a roti. The parottas are made with All-purpose flour, with loads of oil, and rested for over hours to get that crispy, flaky texture. There are quite a few varieties to the parottas.
The regular layered parotta is prepared by just swirling in the air, gathering the pleats, and pressing as small discs. Veechu parotta is made with the same dough, the technique varies, wherein the rolled out disc is swirled in the air, which gains momentum and becomes very thin. The layers are gathered and folded as an envelope. These are famous in Madurai, a city in TN.
The Virudhunaga Parottas are made as to the regular parottas but are deep-fried in oil.
Regular Parottas, which I make a bit more healthy by adding in the Wheat flour, is a regular dish made at home along with Paneer Butter Masala and is a favorite with my kids. In fact, only on rare occasions, do I end up making Parottas with only All-purpose flour, not because it is not healthy, but because I mostly don't have time to get it soaking for dinner.
So when I decided to short-list bread for Tamil Nadu, I was wondering for a while what I can make. Parotta was an immediate choice. Since having made it already, I was thinking about what else I could make when I suddenly remembered this Porucha Parotta. I did a quick search and landed on the Article I read many months ago.
The search also led me to Manjula's post, where she has made a whole platter with different shapes along with the Vegetable Salna. I decided to do the combination and checked for a few more variations I might find for the Vegetable Salna.
I finally adapted Manjula's and a few of what I had bookmarked. The combination was super duper as expected. Konda, who already loves Parotta, was so excited by the fried one. Our dinner was a real hit.
I even took the parotta and chalna for my colleagues, who wanted to taste the fried one as well.
Coming to the similarities, this is exactly like the Fried Paratha from the Paratha Wali Gali Paratha, where the pan-fried bread is deep-fried and takes it to another level altogether!
Living in Madras, I know I should have done a more elaborate spread to showcase my place's beautiful cuisine, but trust me, these parottas fill up like nothing, and you are left so full and sated!
How to make the dough for the Parotta
How to make Virudhunagar Ennai Parotta / Porucha Parotta
Virudhunagar Ennai Parotta
How to make Veechu Parotta
For the Veechu parotta, the dough is the same. Except after you pinch down a ball, grease more oil, roll out a thin disc, or you can lift and drop the disc so that it starts spreading a thin layer. Then start folding from one corner, first the opposite sides and then enclose from the other sides like an envelope. This forms a square or rectangle.
Heat a Tawa, grease with oil, and cook the parotta on both sides.
Regular Layered Parotta
For regular parottas, you can make it the same way as Ennai Parotta, but just pan fry with oil on both sides.
How to make Mixed Vegetable Chalna
Mixed Vegetable - 2 cups (Potato, Carrot, Beans, Peas, and Cauliflower)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 medium size chopped
Tomato - 1 large size chopped
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Bay leaves - 2
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 2
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
To grind to a smooth paste
Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
Green chilies - 3 big
Cashew nuts - 5 nos
Curry leaves handful
Grind this to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
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