Photographs of mask-shaped parottas have taken the internet by storm with netizens having mixed feelings about the fried staple. The parottas, images of which are circulating widely across social media platforms, including Twitter and WhastApp, have been traced to a restaurant in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai.
The eatery said it came up with the creative idea to raise awareness about the safety protocols regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The parotta was introduced by Temple city hotel in Madurai about 1.2 km away from Maattuthavani bus terminus and is priced at Rs 50 each. The move comes at a time when the district saw a steep rise in the number of cases in the last few days.
The restaurant has more than just masks are on its coronavirus-themed menu. There are other food items like corona dosa and vada inspired by the shape of the virus on the offer. (Read this story in Tamil)
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/VAb5ES2EuE
— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2020
People on the social media were mostly confused over the after the fried flat-bread while others found it hilarious and reacted with memes.
Mask parottas in Madurai.
Art could be in all forms. pic.twitter.com/b1Kriw7d5E
— Arjun (@ArjunNamboo) July 8, 2020
— Prabhushankar T Gunalan (@prabhusean7) July 8, 2020
Do not, I repeat, do not EAT your mask. https://t.co/v9yeV7tJPd
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) July 8, 2020
ya its good idea, you can not eat with the mask on. this one you can put on as a mask and start eating. 😂
— Raghavendra S (@ragh_twt) July 9, 2020
If they sell it along with an actual mask, it would be good. They should charge extra 10-20 rupees for it.
— Hemin Desai (@HeminDesai91) July 9, 2020
#Madurai’s reply to people tweeting ”DO NOT EAT YOUR MASK” 😂
— Aastha Lalwani (@AasthaLalwani1) July 8, 2020
Next enna, Biriyani flavoured sanitizer ah? https://t.co/Xqni1pXpDB
— Douglas annan (@mamameyeah) July 8, 2020
Will people really EAT “THAT”?🥴
— Rahul Sonwani (@rahulsonwani) July 8, 2020
🙄🤦🏻😂 Much as I love Malabar parotta, this Doesn’t look appetizing https://t.co/FTGz7MicOL
— Priyanka Sachar (@twilightfairy) July 8, 2020
Mask parotta at Madurai hotels ..!!
At least now ppl will wear mask 😷 pic.twitter.com/PdvHdaXfJv
— Poovai Abishek (@Abiadmk) July 8, 2020
Mask parotta and mutton salna. Bangam https://t.co/2JIW0d4asO
— Hemanth (@hkam96) July 8, 2020
Mask Parotta 😁😁😁 pic.twitter.com/cN9f1rlRDv
— HARI KIRAN (@harikiranroyal) July 8, 2020
//தொட்டுக்க சால்னா தருவாங்களா// pic.twitter.com/aa4Nooy0eM
— மித்ரன் (@mithran9512) July 7, 2020
This is not the first time that the virus has inspired chefs across the globe to come up with food to either create awareness or fight the sitgma. In March, a fast food joint in Hanoi, Vietnam came up with ‘coronaburger’, including green-tea stained burger buns complete with little “crowns” made of dough to resemble microscopic images of the virus.
In April, a Kolkata sweet shop made corona-misti and cupcakes in bright red hues mirroring the virus to fight the fear against the pandemic. Not just dishes inspired by Covid-19, the food industry has been focusing a lot on food to boost immunity amid the global pandemic.
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