Empty Salna | Plain Salna | MT Salna

Friday, November 20, 2020

Empty Salna or Plain Salna or MT Salna is a plain gravy originating from the City of Madurai. It is usually served as an accompaniment with Parottas, Idli, Dosae/Dosai, Idiyappam, Jeera Rice or Biryani 

This Gravy uses only Onions & Tomatoes along with an array of Spices. Since, it does not have any other vegetables in it, it is called Empty Salna 

Empty Salna | Plain Salna

Though this is very popular in roadside Eateries/Carts, It is also served in South Indian Restuarants as well usually with Ghee Rice/Jeera Rice, Biryani,Parotta. 

I served this with Cabbage Pulao. As this Pulao was mildly flavored, it paired well with the Spicy Salna 

Empty Salna | Plain Salna

Serves 4

You Will Need:

  • 1 big Onion - Finely Chopped
  • 2 Big Tomatoes - Roughly chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon Oil 
  • Salt as per Taste 
  • A handful of fresh Coriander 
Spices Needed:
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • A small stick of Cinnamon 
  • 4 Cloves 
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3/4th teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kitchen King Masala 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala
To Be Ground into a Paste:
  • 2 tablespoon Grated Coconut 
  • A small Piece of Ginger 
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds/Khus khus
  • 1 tablespoon Cashewnuts 

In a Pressure Cooker, Heat some oil, once hot, splutter Cumin seeds & Fennel Seeds. Add Cinnamon, Cloves & Bay Leaf & sauté for 20 seconds 

Add the onions & turmeric & sauté for a minute. Next, Add the Tomatoes, Red Chili Powder, Garam Masala, Kitchen King Masala & Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped coriander as well. 

Meanwhile, Grind the Ingredients mentioned in the list into a fine Paste 

Add this paste into the Onion-Tomato mixture. Add 1 - 1.5 cups of water & some salt & pressure cook for 1 whistle 

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