Nool vs coin vs bun porotta: How to distinguish these unique varieties

Kerala porotta served with beef roast and ghee rice. Photo: iStock/vm2002

"Nool porotta," "coin porotta," and "bun porotta" are different types of porotta (layered flatbread) popular in South India, particularly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Here's a comparison of these varieties:

Nool porotta
Nool porotta, also known as string porotta, is a unique variation where the dough is rolled into very thin strands (like noodles) before being twisted and layered to create the porotta. It is characterized by its delicate, string-like layers that are thin and flaky.

Nool porotta is often served with curries, especially non-vegetarian dishes like beef, chicken or mutton curry, as a main course.

Preparation: The dough is made with flour, water, and a little oil. It is kneaded well and then stretched into thin strands, which are layered and cooked on a griddle.

Coin porotta
Coin porotta is named for its size, resembling a coin. It is a smaller version of the traditional Kerala porotta. Like the traditional porotta, it is flaky and layered, but its smaller size makes it a bit crispier and more bite-sized.

Coin porotta is often served as an appetizer or snack and can be paired with meat curries.

Preparation: The dough is prepared similarly to regular porotta but is rolled into small, coin-sized discs. These are then layered and cooked on a griddle.

Bun porotta

Bun porotta, as the name suggests, resembles a bun. It is thicker and fluffier compared to the other types of porottas. It has a soft and slightly chewy texture inside, with a crisp outer layer. Bun porotta is typically served with curries, often chicken or mutton roast.

Preparation: The dough is enriched with more oil or butter and sometimes a little milk, making it softer. It is rolled into a thicker, bun-like shape and cooked until golden brown.

Each type of porotta offers a unique texture and eating experience, making them popular choices in South Indian cuisine.

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