A parotta, porotta or barotta is a layered flatbread made from maida flour, originating from Southern India. It became a common street food in southern India, especially in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the neighboring country Sri Lanka. Parottas are usually available as street food and in restaurants across Kerala, Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. At some places it is also served at weddings, religious festivals and feasts. It is prepared by kneading maida, egg (in some recipes), oil or ghee and water. The dough is beaten into thin layers and later forming a round spiralled into a ball using these thin layers. The ball is rolled flat and roasted.