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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Madurai Chicken Salna/ Chalna- Fail-safe Recipe

Chicken Chalna

Chicken Chalna is best Sidedish for Biryani, Parotta, Idli and Dosa. This is an fail-safe recipe, appreciation and compliments from your family is for sure.


Chicken pieces with bone- 500 gms( 1 pound)
Onion large( chopped)-2
Tomato large( chopped)-2
Curry leaves- few
Coriander leaves- few
Ginger and Garlic paste- 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
Coriander/ Daniya powder- 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cinnamon- 1" piece
Cloves- 6
Green cardamom- 4
Oil-3 tbsp
Ghee- 1 tbsp

Masala paste( grind the below ingredients to smooth paste)
Roasted cumin seeds- 2 tsp
Roasted black pepper corns- 2 tsp
Roasted fennel/ sombu seeds- 2 tsp
Grated fresh coconut- 1/4 cup

Chicken Chalna
Clean and wash the chicken pieces.
In a pressure pan add chicken pieces, onions, curry leaves, tomatoes, ginger and garlic paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and 3 cups of water. Cover the pan with lid and pressure cook the chicken for 5 mins on medium heat or for 1 whistle on high heat.
Once the chicken is cooked, uncover the pan and add the ground coconut masala paste and required salt to the chicken gravy.
Bring back the pan to the heat and cook the chicken gravy on medium heat for 5 mins.
In another sauce pan heat oil+ghee, when oil is hot add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and fry till the aroma of whole spices rise. 
Add this tempering to the Chicken Chalna and mix well.
Garnish the Chicken Chalna with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Biryani, Parotta, Idli and Dosa.

( Note: Chicken Salna gravy has to be little thin and not too thick.)



Anonymous said...

Hello I made this chalna today and came out really delicious. My son who is a picky eater had extra parotas because of the gravy. Thanks Mythriye for sharing.

Ravi said...

hello Mythriye ......I am trying out your Madurai Chicken Salna its smelling great..... I did not pressure cook the chicken,I let it cook on low heat in a large pan for about 30 minutes, another 30 minutes with the Masala's great
Thank made my day I am a forced bachelor from abu dhabi


Mythreyi Dilip said...

Thanks to Praveena and Ravi, your comments are encouraging. Please do try my other recipes:)

Raji Murali said...

Hi i tried your salna recipe today and this is the best salna recipe i had made. I tried many salna recipes from other blogs and they were not worth. This recipe is 100% success...oh im really loving your gravy.

Anonymous said...

Very good recipe this was exactly like the salna served at road side shops. I made it little watery to soak parotas in the gravy really too good. Thanks for sharing and keep up your good work.

Poorani said...

Tried your Chicken Salna today very excellent. My entire house was filled with good smell actually I can feel the taste till in my mouth.

Ganesh Mahalingam said...

Tried your chalna today. homely, I felt like eating my mom's preparation.
Thank you Madam

Thave said...

Hi I made this today. But I feel cumin is not good for this recipe. Just with out cumin would be great

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Hi Thave, thanks for your feedback. I would suggest not to omit cumin entirely but you can reduce quantity of cumin to a tsp.