Chicken Salna / Serva / Sorba Chicken Shervaa / Shorba

by - January 21, 2011

Chicken Salna / Shervaa  makes an excellent side dish for Porotta which is very famous in all over Tamilnadu. It is a Soup with flavourful extract from chicken & spices. It is also known as Shorba in North India.


Chicken pieces with bones - 1 lb or 500 grams
Onion - 2 (medium - sliced thinly)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp each
Turmeric powder - A pinch
Green chili - 1( slit into two)
Cilantro & mint leaves - Ar required (minced)
Pepper powder - 1/4tsp or to taste
Salt - to taste
Water - ar required.

For Shervaa  masala paste:

Red chili powder - 2tbsp or to taste
Corainder powder - 1 tbsp or to taste
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Curd - 1/2 cup
Coconut slices - 5 ~6 ( grind into fine paste)

For Seasoning :

Oil - 2 tbsp
Fennel Seed or powder/ Sombu - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaves - 2
Cinnamon - 1"


  • Wash & clean  Chicken pieces and keep it aside.
  • Grind coconut pieces into fine paste & add to masala ingredient together in a bowl  & whisk curd will mix well & it wont  give curdle effect to our gravy.
  • Heat Oil in a deep heavy bottom pan, add all Seasoning ingredients & stir it for 30 seconds.
  • Add Sliced onion & saute it until it become transparent.
  • Add Chicken pieces to Onion & saute it for 5 minute. Then add Ginger garlic paste & saute it until chicken turns to brown colour. This will give nice colour to our gravy.
  • When oil separates, add masala mixture & saute it for a minute.
  • Add required amount of water & salt. Make sure gravy must be in running consistency like soup not too thin nor too thick. Adjust water accordingly.
  • Adjust Salt & spice to taste.
  • Cover it with lid & cook it in low flame, This will help chicken bones to release nice aroma to our gravy.
  • When gravy thicken slightly, add pepper powder & minced cilantro and mint leaves.
  • Mix once & serve hot with Parotta, Naan & Roti.
Check  here for parotta/ paratha recipe

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  1. Mouthwatering chicken serva,sooooo tempting!

  2. This is similar to "Salnaa"... isn't it???? but I love this dish looks so yummy.First time here...homely space and recipes.I particularly like the profile photo; Banana leaf with a complete "Tamilian Meal"...did u prepare it?? if so...hat's off...keep up the good work...very glad to follow u...

  3. Delicious and yummy chicken serva, popular and authentic dish,bookmarked.

  4. That looks absolutely delicious!

  5. Are you sure itz 500kg chicken for cooking recipe ?

  6. Hi Anon,

    Thank you for correcting me. It is 500 grams chicken only and I have updated the same.

  7. Tried this recipe and its really a mouthwatering one..thanks for the one...


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