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Watch: "Mask Parottas" For Coronavirus Awarness At A Madurai Eatery
Since word got out about the parotta, hundreds of people have been calling, Mr. Kumar says. Children are particularly interested, he adds.
Watch: "Mask Parottas" For Coronavirus Awareness At A Madurai Eatery
New Delhi: In Madurai, a restaurant has extended its love for parotta to encourage the use of masks by making parottas in the shape of masks creating awareness about coronavirus.
The owner of the Madurai biggest restaurant chains in Madurai, Temple City, and the creator of the "mask parotta", K.L.Kumar said that they on Tuesday morning conceptualized the product and immediately brought it into the market in the afternoon. He also said that it barely took any effort.
The aim was to make people realize the need to wear a mask in public places to reduce the spread of the virus, he added.
#WATCH Tamil Nadu: A restaurant in Madurai is serving parottas made in the shape of masks. Manager Poovalingam says, "People of Madurai are not very particular about wearing masks. We introduced mask parottas to spread awareness among people about #COVID19." pic.twitter.com/pmdCRNBtCo— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2020
The district currently under a complete lockdown due to the spike in the number of coronavirus positive cases. Also Mr. Kumar said that all awareness was important for the public right now.
In the Madurai district, the number of active coronaviruses positive cases only stand second to them in Chennai among the district in Tamil Nadu. Futher Mr. Kumar said that he has observed many people walking on the streets without the mask.
When the restaurant opened briefly as the lockdown was relaxed in the Madurai district between June 8 and June 23, they had to struggle with several customers and coax them to wear masks, he says.
“When they walked into the restaurant without wearing a mask at that time, we gave them one for free. We are still handing them out for those who come to pick up deliveries,” he says.
S.Satish Temple City's parotta master, says that they replicated the design of a surgical mask using the traditional ve chu parotta.
“We folded it in a particular way and crafted the handles. All the ingredients are the same. It was a success on our very first try,” he says.
Currently, two parottas or one set is priced at Rs.50. The resident can pick up at the branch in Mattuthavanai o can order in through various food delivery apps.
“Not many in Madurai wear masks but everybody here loves parotta. We just put two and two together,” Mr. Kumar says.
Twitter was flooded with funny posts of Madurai's 'mask' parotta. Some even called it the "corona cuisine"