Spicy Chapati Crumble

Spicy Chapati Crumble |How to make

Spicy Chapati Crumble is a quick fix breakfast menu, using left over chapati’s from the previous day.It is a quick, easy, delicious and a smart way to use up the leftovers in a spicy and satisfying breakfast.

Spicy Chapati Crumble
Spicy Chapati Crumble

Sunday is a day to rest, says the scriptures. This morning , when my child asked me, “What’s for breakfast, Amma?” my mind was racing…..how can I fix a quick and easy breakfast, yet stick to the much needed rest?

“Necessity is the mother of  all invention” they say. Last night’s pale chapati’s stared at me  from the kitchen counter. I had no desire to warm them up again this morning.

My mind was racing, “How could I make use of last night chapati’s in a creative fun way to fix this morning’s breakfast without having to repeat the same dish again this morning?” I could almost see the idea forming in my brain as I gazed at the chapatis/Indian tortillas/flatbreads .

A flashback moment :Street food was the norm where I grew up in the southern part of India. Each day the vendors would come out with interesting new recipes .Even as a kid, I had often wondered what they did with the left overs, because they cooked in such large quantities.

Observing the street vendors as they hit their best sales pitch was a favorite pass time of mine when I travelled in the local bus that went through all these interesting streets filled with street food vendors.

“Kothu Paratha” was one such dish where the vendor would use left over Chapatis/Parathas/ Indian flat bread to make a delicious mix of spicy meat & parathas crumble. It was a light bulb moment in the kitchen. I already knew what was in the making!

  Vaghareli Bakhri is a similar vegetarian dish made in the Gujarat, a state in the western part of India. The Gujarati cuisine uses a lot of vegetables instead of meat and is another clever way of using left over chapatis.It’s a close cousin of “Kothu Parathas” in the south.

Today, I planned to make Chapati crumble with fresh vegetables I had, instead of using meat. I realized that across the international borders, the “Kothu Paratha has another close cousin in Nachos.

The nachos from the Mexican cuisine is similar to our Kothu Parata from South India. Nachos is a Mexican dish from northern Mexico that consists of heated tortilla chips or totopos covered with melted cheese, often served as a snack or appetizer.

Spicy Chapati Crumble |How to make

Spicy Chapati Crumble |How to make

Recipe by Maya Shetty
Course: BREAKFAST, FLAT BREADSCuisine: Indian, Mexican
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  • 4 6 Left over Chapati’s

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds

  • A pinch Turmeric powder

  • 1 Onions finely sliced

  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder (Jeera)

  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder

  • To taste Salt

  • 1 Lime juice of lime

  • A few Cilantro/Coriander leaves to garnish

  • A few Curry leaves


  • Make small pieces of the chapati’s
  • Warm oil in a wok & then add the mustard seeds & cumin seeds.Wait till they turn brown & splutter.
  • Add the curry leaves for the flavor while tempering
  • Next add the finely sliced onion & saute them till golden brown
  • To this add the turmeric powder first followed by the spice powders & stir them well till the raw smell disappears
  • Next add the cut chapati pieces to the above with a little salt & lime juice. Stir them well so the chapati pieces are coated.
  • Garnish with cilantro & serve for breakfast.

Nutrition Facts

  • Amount Per ServingCalories190
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 14g 22%
    • Saturated Fat 12g 60%
  • Sodium 39mg 2%
  • Potassium 268mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
    • Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
    • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 2g 4%

  • Vitamin A 12%
  • Vitamin C 34%
  • Calcium 5%
  • Iron 6%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Some of the links to my recipes using Chapatis and Indian flat breads are listed below for your interest.

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