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)
- Switch on the stove and place a kadai with oil on medium heat. As it gets hotter get the vegetables ready.
- Chop the onions and tomatoes. Slit the green chilies.
- Cut the chapathis into bite-size pieces. Thin slices are better.
- Once the oil is hot enough for cooking, add the fennel seeds and fry for a couple of seconds.
- Add in the onions and cook until transparent.
- Now add the ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes off.
- Throw in the tomatoes and the curry leaves cook until mushy. If you are adding tomato ketchup or readymade tomato paste add it now.
- 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.
- 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.
- If your chapathis have salt, check and add in as required.
- Switch off the flame and leave it covered with a lid for a minute. This helps in making the chapathi slices get softer.
- Raita or plain yogurt goes well as a side.
The dish makes up for a good breakfast and best for lunchboxes as well.
How do you use up the leftover chapathis/rotis? Do let me know in the comments, would love to know.