Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vegetable Salna Recipe - Parotta Chalna - Sidedish for Parotta

Vegetable Salna Recipe
Parotta Salna is a popular street food here in hotels in Tamil Nadu....I am a great fan of mutta / egg kothu parotta from a  near by shop , so when we buy kothu parotta we also get 2-3 plain parottas just for chalna sake...the salna tastes great with plain parotta, even idli, dosa and chapathi. Still I remember the salna they served at our college canteen , it was soo yum that we used to visit the canteen even after our lunch to eat parotta...a plate with 2 small parottas costs only 5 Rs with unlimited salna and we used to dunk the parottas into salna and eat it...good old memories.

Having grown up ;) and considering all the health factors I dont buy / eat parotta often these last weekend when hubby was at the billing counter billing the weekly groceries he reconfirmed whether the pack of readymade wheat parottas were picked up by me...only after my confirmation he went again with the bill :) This is the first time I am buying readymade parottas though have tasted few times at my cousins place, usually we get fresh ones from shops....The pack had a deadline for me to use it up within 3 days...I actually bought it for reclicking chilli parotta and additionally I had this salna in mind too.I saw this recipe in Zee Tv cookery show so quickly jotted down the recipe in my mind, so before my memory blanks out I wanted to record it here so here comes vegetable salna recipe.
Vegetable Salna Recipe

Vegetable Salna Recipe

Preparation Time:20 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Cut Vegetables (I used carrot,beans, peas and potato) - 3/4 cup
Big onion –1 finely chopped
Meal Maker(Soya Chunks) - 1/4 cup
Tomato - 1 roughly chopped
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mint leaves - 10
Cooking oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
Salt  - to taste

To roast & grind:

Coconut - 1/4 cup
Big onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
Garlic - 4
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp(optional)
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Jaapatri - 1/2 flower
Cloves - 2 nos
Star anise - 1
Elachi - 1

*Note : For soya chunks cooking instructions check here


  1. Heat a tsp of oil - add all the ingredients listed under 'to grind' including the spice powders except coconut and saute in low medium flame.Once tomato turns mushy and shrinks add coconut and saute for 2mins.Switch off and cool down.
    How to make vegetable salna - Step1
  2. While its cooling down, boil water and add soya chunks into it,Switch off and keep it closed, after sometime it will become almost double in size,rinse it well in cold water and set aside.Transfer the roasted ingredients to a mixer, add little water and grind to a coarse paste.Set aside.
    How to make vegetable salna - Step2
  3. In a pressure cooker, heat oil - add fennel seeds,curry leaves and mint leaves let the fennel seeds crackle then add onion,tomato and saute till raw smell of tomato leaves and it turns mushy.Now add the vegetables and give a quick mix.
    How to make vegetable salna - Step3
  4. Add the masala paste, cooked soya chunks and give a quick mix.Add required salt.Taste and check for spice level add more red chilli powder if needed.
    How to make vegetable salna - Step4
  5. Add 3/4 cup water and pressure cook for 1 whistle in medium high flame.Once pressure releases when you open you can see oil floating.Let it boil for 3mins,garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make vegetable salna - Step5
Serve it with parotta...yummm!
Vegetable Salna Recipe

Vegetable Salna Recipe

My Notes:

  • Usually salna we get in hotels is full of spices flavour so to match it I have given the spices like cloves,cinnamon and cardamom accordingly.. You can reduce it if you wish too.
  • Adjust water quantity according to the thickness of the gravy.
  • Adding soya chunks is purely optional but I recommend adding it.
  • The consistency should be slightly thick.
  • You can serve it with chapathi / idli / dosa too, tastes great.
Vegetable Salna Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Absolutely delicious. I hv been more tempted with the paratha in the picture. Pl do post a recipe with wheat flour. Vil try the salna for dinner.....

  2. My all time favourite!! Looks awesome :)

  3. nice click. i always feel salna is a non veg gravy ! i never tasted this ..inspite every one say there is a veg version .. May be i should give a try

  4. i was searching salna recipe for long time...yours seems easy d yummy..thnx for sharing btw ur last pic is amazingg

  5. Looks like the one served in restaurants....such a drooling recipe.,takes me back to my home town,cbe.,

  6. delicious flavours looks wonderful

  7. so tempting, will sure give a try soon! thanks for the recipe Sharmi, you're simply the best!

  8. So tempting!! I was actually thinking of searching for a salna recipe, such a coincidence. You're simply the best Sharmi..!

  9. Thanks for sharing Looks yummy and delicious.

  10. I searched this recipe so many times.and now u posted it.Thanks.must try recipe.

  11. This looks so yummy:), I have never tried this dish and honestly you make it look easy enough to make at home.

  12. my fav salna..looks yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.........

  13. Hi, your recipes look amazing, but I have one consistent issue. You measure pressure cooking time in whistles. My pressure cooker is not that type. About how long does it take for your pressure cooker to whistle once? Please help. :-)

    1. In medium flame my cooker will take 2mins for 1 whistle.

  14. Romba nalla irukku please give the measurements in onion tomotto in grams
    Just like 1 onion and 1 tomotto in gtams

  15. I just prepared this gravy and it turned out very well. My husband and in laws liked it so much. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful recipe!!

  16. Hi Mam, I always love all your recipes. I will try and it will come out very tasty. My hubby and my kid love it. In this veg salna, instead of vegetables can we use chicken? It ll taste good 'a?

  17. I tried many of your festival recipes. Like coconut Burfi, Murukku, cornflour Halwa, pottu kadalai Murukku and rasgulla. All recipes came out very tasty. Thank you very much mam for giving us wonderful recipes :-)

  18. Excellent, this is the best of all veg kurma


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