Parotta Salna

Parotta Salna
Parotta Salna

Plain Parotta salna is a perfect and typical side dish for Parottas. Plain salna is also popularly known as empty salna. Empty salna is nothing but plain tomato based masala gravy without vegetables. Its a vegetarian salna recipe. It is so flavorful and tastes delicious not only with parotta but also with idli, dosa, chapathi and idiyappam. You can use this salna for making kothu parotta too. Sharing the recipe below:

Ingredients to make Plain Parotta Salna:

For Coconut Paste:

  • Scrapped Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Cloves -2, Cardamom -2, Cinnamon stick – small
  • Cashew-nuts- 5 or 6
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Poppy Seeds – 1/4 tsp (Optional)
  • Water – 1/4 cup

For Empty Salna for Parotta:

  • Onions – 2 (Sliced Medium)
  • Tomatoes -2 (Sliced Medium)
  • Clove-3, Cardamom -2, Cinnamon stick
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Chilli Powder – 1 tsp (spicy choice)
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Oil as required
  • Salt as required
  • Water as required
  • Curry Leaves
  • Green chili -2
  • Coriander leaves
  • Mint Leaves


Step 1 – Making Coconut Paste:

  • In a small mixie jar, add all ingredients under “For Coconut Paste
  • grind into fine paste
  • coconut paste is ready!!!

Step 2- Cooking Plain Parotta Salna:

  • In a pan/kadai, add oil
  • once hot, add cumin seeds and let it splutter
  • add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, curry leaves and green chilies
  • add ginger garlic paste and saute it once
  • sliced onions are added now. cook for 5 minutes or until onions turn translucent
  • add tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder along with required salt
  • add water in the pan
  • close with the lid and cook for 5 minutes
  • after 5 minutes, tomato onion mix is completely cooked now
  • add grounded coconut paste (we prepared)
  • combine everything together
  • cook for 10 minutes under medium flame
  • sprinkle coriander leaves and mint leaves
  • turn off flame

Plain/Emply Salna is ready!!! Serve hot with Parottas

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