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August 24, 2012


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When we think about parotta , the side dish that immediately strikes our mind is Salna.. Nothing can beat this combo.Salna is a delicious accompaniment served with parota in road side hotels of Tamil nadu (Kai endhi bhavan) . Before marriage , my dad used to buy parotta,salna almost twice in a month. We used to buy the parotta just for salna which tastes good for dosa,idli too.So we buy less parotta and ask for more salna..My mom makes idly /dosa additionally and we relish the salna with it..Even nowadays when i visit my mom’s place , my lovely father never forgets to buy this for me Smile.. Last week i bought frozen paratha for the first time just to prepare this salna..When i searched for the recipe , i got so many. Finally i made my own by combining all the recipes based on the salna i tasted. Usually in vegetarian salna , u can’t find anything except onions,skin of tomato and  a layer of oil floating on top Winking smile and may be some pieces of cauliflower. I too wanted to make it similarly. But  i added some vegetables just to make it healthy..We loved its taste.Lets see how to make parotta salna at home.Give a try and let me know how it turned out for you.


  • Cut Vegetables ( carrot , beans , peas and potato, cauliflower) – 1/2 cup
  • Ginger – Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion –1 no (finely chopped)
  • Tomato  - 1 no (-do-)
  • Mint leaves – a few
  • Cooking oil – 1 - 2 tbsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
To grind:
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Tomato – 2 nos
  • Red chilly powder – 1.5 tsp(use 3/4 tsp for less spice)
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Cloves – 2-3  nos
  • Elachi – 1 seed
  • Pepper corns – 1/2 tsp(optional)
  • Fennel seeds /soambu – 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Khus khus / Poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cashews – 3 nos (optional)

  • Cut all the vegetables of small size uniformly.
  • In a kadai , add a tbsp of oil and put cinnamon , cloves , cardamom , fennel , onion , tomato , all powders and mix well till tomato mushes.
  • Then add the grated coconut , cashews .mix well and switch off the flame.
  • After it cools down , add little water and grind to a smooth paste.
  • In a cooker base , add oil and G&G paste,onions,mint leaves and sauté till raw smell emanates.
  • Now add the chopped tomato pieces and saute well till it turns mushy.
  • Now add the ground masala paste,required salt  and all the vegetables.
  • Add enough water and pressure cook for one whistle.
  • When u open the cooker , u’ll see a layer of oil floating on top and u get a nice aroma..
  • If u feel the water is more , allow it to boil for sometime by simmering the flame which makes the oil separate.
  • Remove and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with parota !!


  • If u want salna to be watery , add little more water after opening the cooker and allow to boil..
  • U can also add coconut milk at the end instead of grinding coconut .
  • For variations , try adding all the masala while sauting instead of grinding part.
  • Pepper corns are purely optional..
  • Adjust the amount of chilli powder according to ur taste.U can
  • even add it at the end and boil for sometime if required.


  1. Sounds really tempting. Have not tasted before...wish I could taste now :)

  2. delicious dear...Rush your delights for Fast Food Event - Noodles

  3. I too love salna..looks perfect...yummy looking!!

  4. Delicious salna..I wanted to give this a try at home..Never tasted it though..But now I can blindly follow your recipe..Im sure it will be a hot at home!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. wow.. super hot salna chitra... i seen mutton salna only be'coz in my home too my thambi bought with parotta... after seems you ll try veg version for me...

  6. Very nice and tempting recipe. Though i have heard this never know how to make this.

  7. Love the gravy,looks so tempting.

  8. Is salna similar to salan that we get in AP? A watery concoction that goes well with biryani. At least all major eateries serve it here. And as you say there are no vegetables in it at all but yet it is a great accompanying dish.

  9. I can have two more parottas with this salna,fingerlicking excellent side dish.

  10. I too love salna very much than parotta:) You did it nicely. Yummy!

  11. My Fav Combo Chitra,i always used to make this when i make briyani or paratha:)

  12. I never had this kind of salna...Sounds good.

  13. well i like this just because its vegetarian. :) i heared only non - veg salna :) thanks for sharing this :)

  14. Replies
    1. Thanks for trying and feedback, Glad u liked it :)

  15. hi i made this salna for parotta. parotta came out some what ok. but salna tasted excellant.the taste, consistency ,flavour everything came out very well. thank u.

    1. Thanks a lot harini :) Glad u liked this salna better than parotta :)

  16. Salna is a name I have never heard Chitra...but any accompaniment of parotta has to be good. ive bookamrked and I am going to try this soon.

  17. Hi Chitra,

    I am new to ur blog. Tried out Salna yesterday with parotta for dinner. Came out really well and it was a big hit at home. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thank u so much for the feedback :)

  18. Hi Chitra,

    Absolute delicacy! I tried and it came out well!!


    1. Thank u for the feedback:) I am glad u liked it !

  19. Hi chitra...

    Thanks for the recipe ... I tried this and was yummy...:) I got the same taste which I have had in my childhood..:)

  20. Hi chitra...

    Thanks for the recipe ... I tried this and was yummy...:) I got the same taste which I have had in my childhood..:)

    1. Thank u so much for the feedback.u made my day:)

  21. Hi chitra,
    I have tried your veg salna atleast 6 times without knowing its your recipe. It comes out truly amazing. I have become a expert cook with this recipe. The salna has become such a hit that I make it atleast once a month. My wife has a broad smile the moment I ask if I shall make salna. Excellent way of detailing your recipes makes it easy for me. I do make adjustments in spice level, masala level to suite my daughters taste. 5***** rating for this popular tasty recipe. Keep it up.

    1. I am truly overwhelmed by ur feedback. Its great tat u cook for ur wife :) Hats off !!!Thanks again :)

  22. I did this today ,it was so yummy .My husband repeatedly asked where u got this recipe from .The spice was little high for us but i adjusted using some lemon juice at the end .Wonderful salna chitra

    1. Thanks a lot dear for trying dear.Now I have reduced the spice level and updated the recipe.Thanks again :)

    2. we had it with dosa too .i ate 3 dosas more than i have . if you are near me i would have def treated u with something ...thanks once again .

  23. Hi I tried ur recipe and it came out really tasted as like in restaurants.thanks a lot for the recipe

  24. Hi tried ur recipe today and it came out really tasted as like in restaurants.thanks a lot for the recipe

    1. Thank u so much for trying & feedback. I am so gald u liked this recipe :)

  25. Tried this recipe today and it turned out super yummy!! thanks much for posting this!


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