Mar 21, 2013

Parota chalna Recipe/ Salna / charu / Vegetable chalna

Parota chalna  is the spicy side for flat bread. This recipe is simple and easy, with guaranteed result. This recipe is ideal for party, where you can adjust the quantity very easily, without changing its taste. Parota salna Recipe is the spicy side for flat bread. Frankly speaking, I didnot know the origin of the term 'Chalna'. But basically it is a little watery gravy but more flavored gravy. The perfect 'chalna' makes our fingers bloom with flavors, even after washing our hands.


The interesting part of the combo is, soft and crispy parotas slightly soaked in chalna..hmm..yummy. The Guys in our home are very fond of Parota with Chalna. It can be prepared in 'n' number of ways, but this recipe is simple and easy, with guaranteed result. This recipe is ideal for party, where you can adjust the quantity very easily, without changing its taste. This goes very well with Idly, Dosai too.

Parota chalna Recipe/ Salna / charu / Vegetable chalna

Prep time : 5 min
Cooking time : 15 min
Yeild : Serves 4

Chopped potato, carrot, green peas - 1 Cup
Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 stalk
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Grinding: 
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Chutney Dal - 1 tbp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Cloves - 4
Cardamon - 1
Cardamon - 1
Ani seed - 1

How to make:
I have added 1 cup of veggies, like potato, green peas, carrots. But you can also add the choice of your veggies. But make sure that you are adding 1 cup of vegetable, otherwise the chalna becomes thicker like 'kurma'.

Prep onion, tomato, ginger,garlic, coconut, chutney dal.

In the high flame, add 1 tsp of oil to a pan followed by fennel seed, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, ani seed and roast them.

Then add chopped onion, tomato, ginger, garlic , till everything becomes soft and tender. And allow them to cool.

Transfer above mixture to mixer / blender and ground it to form fine paste.

Again, In a pan, add curry leaves and roast them in the oil. Why we are adding curry leaves separately is, there is a chance of getting bitterness if we ground it as raw.

Then add the ground paste with chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Bring it to boil for 3-5 min and then keep it in simmer for about 15-20 min. So that the flavors evolve beautifully.

Serve Vegetable salna with crispy and soft parottas, raw onion and lemon..
You may also check another interesting South Indian recipes like Madurai Chicken Curry.

Tips and Variations:
1. Chutney Dal helps to get thicker consistency, but it can also be substituted with cashews.
2. Adjust water, salt with lemon juice to get the desired quantity without losing its taste n flavor.
3. The ingredients may look more, but they are 1 tsp each from your masala box.


  1. Looks very inviting :) Nice clicks and a great recipe :)

  2. tempting chalna.parotta and chalna unbeatable combo.

  3. Superb chalna, just the ones we get in restaurants.
    Very delicious. Thanks for sharing dear.

  4. Very yummy combination and tempting too...

  5. Tempting gravy,perfect with parottas..

  6. i just love it with parota dear.. mouthwatering :)

  7. delicious curry, looks inviting..

  8. Yummy combo ...looks just fab

  9. delicious looking chalna and parotta dear :)

  10. Tempting gravy..Pefect side dish...Bookmarking this :)

  11. delicious gravy and soft paratha what not to like. love it.

  12. That looks delicious. Inviting and makes a lovely side dish.

  13. lovely side dish...and those soft parottas

  14. I tried this recipe and its delicious.. I have tried different other chalna recipes before, this one is the simplest and equally tasty recipe ..Thanks for sharing . This definitely goes on my Pinterest board .


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