Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mutton Salna - Chettinad Madurai Style Mutton Chalna Recipe

Mutton Salna Recipe

Mutton Salna is a sidedish that is served along with biryani / parotta.....I am sure most of you love Parotta Salna combination...I've already posted a vegetable salna, now this mutton salna recipe is from my athai, she made this when she had visited us long back, I love dalcha for biryani and salna for parotta but salna can go very well even with biryani.So as its Bakrid tomorrow, I wanted to post this easy mutton salna which I made for todays lunch and clicked it this is hot from my kitchen :) We had it with mutton biryani and mutton chops and I've reserved the leftover mutton salna for tonite's dinner as sidedish for chapathi :)
Mutton Salna Recipe
Actually I had no plans for any photoshoot today so was relaxing after sending mittu to her art class thats when amma alarmed me saying its bakrid tomorrow, have you planned anything?Nooo I said then she asked me to click this salna and so I pushed myself and made this easy mutton salna...yes it very easy I just made it within 30mins and tadaa here it is for you. We had a hearty lunch and while its pouring heavily outside and everyone is dozzing off, Now I am here with this post.I wish I had some hot phulkas now to have it with this salna hehe :) Now lets come to reality and get on to learn the recipe.
Mutton Salna Recipe

Mutton Salna Recipe

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

Mutton - 200 gms(Bone plus few small mutton pieces)
Toor Dal - 3 tbsp
Big onion – 1 small sized finely chopped
Tomato - 1 small sized roughly chopped
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a small pinch
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

To grind:

Coconut - 3 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Pepper corns - 1/4 tsp

To temper:

Cooking Oil -2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Kalpasi - 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 2 nos
Elachi - 2
Bayleaf - 1 small


  1. First add hte ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a mixer and grind it with little water to a smooth paste,Set aside.Heat oil in a pressure cooker - add the ingredients listed under 'to temper' and let it crackle.
    How to make mutton salna - Step1
  2. Then add onion, ginger garlic paste, tomatoes,curry leaves and fry for 2mins until tomatoes raw smell leaves.Now add turmeric powder,red chilli powder, coriander powder and required salt.Saute well till the masalas are nicely fried and blended.
    How to make mutton salna - Step2
  3. Rinse toor dal and keep it ready.Then add mutton, saute for 2mins...once the texture of mutton and color changes add the dal.
    How to make mutton salna - Step3
  4. Add required water till immersing level and pressure cook for 8 whistles or until mutton is cooked soft.Once pressure releases, open the cooker and let the gravy boil for 2mins.Then add coconut paste.
    How to make mutton salna - Step4
  5. Let the gravy boil until oil seperates.Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch it off.
    How to make mutton salna - Step5
Serve it with biryani / parotta...yummm!
Vegetable Salna Recipe

My Notes:

  • I used kalpasi , special chettinad spice which gave the gravy a great flavour.If you don't have just skip it and proceed but I recommend adding it.
  • Adjust water quantity according to the thickness of the gravy.But usually the consistency of salna should be a bit runny.
  • You can serve it with chapathi / idli / dosa too, tastes great.
  • Amma says usually we reserve all the bone flesh mutton pieces for this salna.
  • The number of pressure cooker whisles depends on the mutton variety.Amma says she usually gives 10 whistles for the mutton to be soft.
  • You should feel any dal at all it should nicely mashed up and well blended with the gravy.
Mutton Salna Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Mmmm such a droolworthy salna.. need to try it ASAP! :)

  2. Yummy..will try this weekend :-)

  3. This dish sounds divine. Could it be made with a lamb shank, but without the Kalpasi? I have no idea where to find it.

    1. Yes you can try.....kalpasi can be skipped, no issues

  4. Can this recipe be used for chicken

    1. Yes you can use this recipe for chicken too......

  5. Hi my cooking encyclopedia,

    Thank you very much. I tried this today and superb. Awesome with parotta. Thanks again, usually my search for any recipe will land in sharmis passion. I would read many recipes but urs would be the best. Sometimes I just search the veg + sharmis. And I can just follow ur recipe without second thought coz it's a guaranteed hit. Thanks again.

  6. Hi..planning to try this tomorrow for my mother's birthday..with 1 kg mutton, could you please help me..shall I triple the spiced etc? Would greatly appreciate a reply..thanks!

  7. Yes you can triple the ing....adjust the spices according to your taste too

  8. I tried it today, it is an awesome recipe and very easy to make and loved the taste !! Thank you !!! Convey my regards to your mom !


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