WATCH: Madurai eatery dishes out 'mask parottas' to raise awareness about COVID-19
A restaurant in Tamil Nadu's Madurai is serving parottas made in the shape of masks to make people realise the importance of face coverings in the city where the COVID-19 pandemic is fast spreading in the recent days.
In order to raise awareness among people about the importance of face coverings in Tamil Nadu's Madurai where the COVID-19 pandemic is fast spreading in the recent days, a restaurant in the city has started dishing out "mask parotta" -- a flat bread shaped like a three-ply surgical mask.
In tune with the modern pandemic times, the 'mask' parotta has become the talk of the town.
#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
A city-based parotta master -- as the chef is called -- is attempting his small yet significant role to create awareness about wearing mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and has started making mask shaped parottas to drive home the message.
K.L. Kumar wants to highlight the key anti-coronavirus precaution and has made his customers the target audience.
"I have made parottas in the shape of masks and people who come to my restaurant get the message on seeing them," he said.
With the government allowing only takeaway, Kumar displays the mask-shaped parottas to his customers before packing them. "I use it in veechu parottas. (One, which is done by spreading the dough in thin circular form and then folded into layers with air pockets)," he says displaying his mask parotta proudly.
Introducing the face mask parotta: The layered flatbread usually accompanies meat and vegetable dishes in southern India, but this restaurant reshapes it to promote health and safety pic.twitter.com/WpKSgp733u— Reuters (@Reuters) July 10, 2020
Madurai has seen a spurt in the number of infections in the last few days, having a total of 5299 cases as on Thursday, with 95 deaths.
The state government has imposed a total shutdown in Madurai and nearby places till July 12 to curb the spread of the pandemic.