Salem Thattuvadai Set and Norukal

A unique savory snack similar to chaat is a popular street food that was commenced in Salem (Southern India). Although the spices vary from regular chaat, the green and red chutney is used to kick in your spice buds. 

Thattuvadai basically is a sandwich of Thattai/ Thattu murrukku/ Chekkalu/ Nippattu with a salad of grated veggies and spicy chutneys.  Along with Thattuvadai Set I also prepared Norukal. Norukal is similar to Bhel puri. It is a mixture of crumbled Thattai and grated veggies that is topped with a generous amount of thin sev to make it flavorful and crunchy. 

My in-laws from Salem introduced and made sure I relish my favorite snack on all my visits. They never failed to pack us with homemade Kai Murruku and Thattai as well, which I get to share with all my friends here. Feeling blessed! 

If Thattai is not readily available or if you opt not to prepare them on your own, try substituting with Papdi (fried flour crisps) that is used for papdi chaat. Despite being a popular snack in Salem it is now growing much in Chennai as well. Do not miss this snack as I am sure kids will enjoy it as well (request for mild spice). A great way to have the kids intake veggies. Enjoy munching these crip sandwiches!
You might be interested in Khakhara Dahi Chaat, for a healthier base chaat.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Yields: 4

  • Thattai / Milagu Thattai  or Papdi (fried flour crispies) - 8 pieces + 4 pieces for Norukal 
  • Thin Sev - 1/2 cup (only for Norukal)

  • Beetroot (grated) - 1/2 cup
  • Carrot (grated) - 1/2 cup
  • Raw Mango (grated) - 1/2 cup
  • Red onion (finely chopped) - 1/2 cup 
  • Coriander leaves (finely chopped) -  1/4 cup
  • Lime juice - few drops

Green Chutney:
  • Mint leaves - 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies - 2-3
  • Lime juice - few drops
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

Red Chutney:
  • Cooking oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Tomato- 2 nos
  • Red onion - 1/4 (small) 
  • Chilly powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic - 2 cloves (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 438
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18 g28 %
Saturated Fat 1 g3 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0 %
Sodium 375 mg16 %
Potassium 503mg14 %
Total Carbohydrate 52g17 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g15 %
Sugars 8 g
Protein 8 g15 %
Vitamin A56 %
Vitamin C58 %
Calcium3 %
Iron3 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Directions for Thattuvadai Set and Norukal:
  1. For Red chutney, saute the chopped onion, garlic, tomato, chilly powder in oil for about 4-5 mins. Once cooled, grind it with required salt and water to a fine paste. 
  2. For Green chutney, grind all the ingredients (raw) as specified under "Green chutney" to a fine paste. 
  3. To prepare the filling, in a large bowl mix all the ingredients listed. Sprinkle the lime juice right before you serve, else it can get the veggies soggy. 
  4. To serve, take two thattuvadai's for each set. Apply the red chutney on one and green on the other. Now is the time to sandwich both with a generous quantity of filling to serve immediately!
  5. For Norukal, crumble approximately 3-4 Thattaies and mix it with rest of the filling ingredients. Drizzle few drops of lime juice, red and green chutneys and sprinkle some   thin sev and serve it immediately. 

Notes and Tips:
  • Adding lime juice to the raw veggies give a sharp zesty flavor. A few drops goes a long way.  
  • Add the lime juice right before its time to serve to avoid it getting soggy.
  • Extra spicy chutneys give the extra kick that you will enjoy!  


  1. Oh My! You have reminded me of Salem days. How I wish I could munch on these right now. Myself and my mama s son would wait to call upon a vendor. Hi five on this Ammu and Yay! to Salem folks.

  2. Hey I crave for these irresistible snacks as well...Hi five dear:)

  3. Three cheers to Thattu Vadai Set..

  4. Wow! I want this irresistible snack.

  5. Really healthy and colorful snack. I will try and let you know.

  6. Good pictures and yummy snack. I like it!


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