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August 24, 2012

PAROTTA SALNA | VEGETABLE SALNA FOR PAROTTA

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Salna is a spicy, delicious side dish served with parotta in road side hotels of Tamil nadu(Kai endhi bhavan). It is very popular in Madurai. Empty Salna recipe is nothing but a plain, watery, tomato based spicy gravy packed with awesome flavor. But today I made vegetable salna recipe for parotta. Whenever I think about parota, the side dish that immediately strikes my mind is Salna. This road side hotel gravy is my favorite more than vegetable kurma that is served in restaurants. Nothing can beat this combo. 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 and chapathi as well. So we buy less parotta and ask for more salna ;). My mom makes idli /dosa additionally and we relish the salna with it. Even nowadays when I visit my mom’s place , my lovable dad never forgets to buy this for me.


Salna recipe

Last week I bought frozen parotta 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 , you can’t find any vegetables except onions, skin of tomato and a layer of oil floating on top and may be some pieces of cauliflower. I have also shared a plain tomato salna. But I added some vegetables just to make it healthy. We loved its taste. Its taste will surely remind road side hotels salna to you. Lets see how to make parotta salna at home. Give a try and let me know how it turned out for you.  Hope you will love it like me ;) If you have salna and parotta leftover in hand, you can make delicious kothu parotta too. 


Salna recipe

INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • 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 / cardamom – 1 seed
  • Fennel seeds /soambu – 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Khus khus / Poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cashews – 3 nos 
METHOD

  • 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 Ginger garlic 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 , you’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 parotta !!

Vegetable salna recipe


NOTE

  • If you want the 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.
  • Adjust the amount of chilli powder according to your taste. You can even add it at the end and boil for sometime if required.

Tomato salna for parotta




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53 comments :

Raks said...

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

Shama Nagarajan said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

Delicious dear..yummy combo...

Prathima Rao said...

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

virunthu unna vaanga said...

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...
VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

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

Suja Manoj said...

Love the gravy,looks so tempting.

Sahasra Recipes said...

Wow delicious salsa.

Vidhya said...

Delicious salna.

radha said...

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.

Priya Suresh said...

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

Vikis Kitchen said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Rashida Shaikh said...

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

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

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

Sudha Sabarish said...

Tried out and it turned out yummy.

Chitra said...

Thanks for trying and feedback, Glad u liked it :)

harini said...

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.

Chitra said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.
Shobha

Unknown said...

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.

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for the feedback :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Chitra,

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

Thanks!

Chitra said...

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

Unknown said...

Hi chitra...

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

Unknown said...

Hi chitra...

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

Chitra said...

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

dewdrops said...

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.
Keerthi

Chitra said...

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

Priya said...

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

Chitra said...

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

Priya said...

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 .

Chitra said...

Haha,thanks da :)

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Chitra said...

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

Unknown said...

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

kishorekp said...

Wow bucket full of salna. You sure do love your salna. I love salna, but to eat, not have a bath with it. Looks pretty good, will try and post comments again

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

viji said...

I have tried this salna so many times now, but have never left a comment. It's a big win win in my home! It tastes so delicious! Thank You!!

Chitra said...

Happy to know this :) Thanks a lot !

new2world said...

hi mam, i this is first recipe i tried from ur blog.. came out awesome.. gonna enjoy with kuska.. thanku mam

Chitra said...

Thank you for the feedback :)

Unknown said...

Looking osum... cud yu tell me can i replace anything for coconut.. i dont get coconut in my place..

Chitra said...

Instead of coconut, you can increase the quantity of poppy seeds to 2 tbsp, cashews to 5 nos. You can add a tsp of rice flour while grinding. It helps to give a binding. But the taste of salna will differ as there is no coconut. Still tastes good i feel :)

Priyanka Manivannan said...

Wow.. it tastes so yummy.. looking for Salna recipe for a long time.. and ur recipe is so simple but PERFECT .. thank u so much

Chitra said...

Thank you !

PriyaJawahar said...

Tried your receipe twice...second time, made it as side dish for Biriyani for a big get together, everyone liked it...many of my friends, it went well with parota than biriyani..glad I tried it and it was sooper Yummy. Thank you.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much. Happy to know it :)

Sreekala said...

Yesterday I prepared this with chapathi.It was so tasty.Thank you for the recipe

Sreekala said...

Yesterday I tried this recipe and it was so tasty.Thank you for this recipe

Chitra said...

Glad u liked it.Thanks for the feedback :)