By 7 comments
Parsi Sali
Potato Matchsticks / Sali from scratch

The Indian Parsi community calls “Potato Matchsticks” –  “Potato Sali”.  Sali is a Gujarati word meaning “straw” or “sticks”.

Enjoyed best when fresh with salt and pepper. Bon Appetite!

Step 1: Peel and wash Potatoes

Step 2: Shred potatoes into thin strings (I used my old Oster)


Step 3: Salt Shredded Potatoes 

Step 4: In a electric fryer or a large pot, heat oil for frying. I prefer the electric deep fryer, so the temperature of the oil stays even. Choose the max and lower if needed :

Step 6: Prepare Potato Matchsticks for straining, use a large straining spoon with holes

Step 7: Strain fried potato matchsticks on paper towels (to absorb extra oil). Immediately sprinkle salt on. This keeps the Potato Matchsticks crispy.

Cool and store in airtight container. (In my house they get eaten away very fast for a snack!  Potato Matchsticks  will stay for 15 days) 

Enjoyed best when fresh with salt and pepper.

Suggestion: Serve these potato matchsticks as a garnish with chicken & gravy 

Related  recipes

Sali Marghi – Chicken with  Potato Matchsticks

Khari Margi – Meats with  Potato Matchsticks

Sali par eeda – Eggs with Potato Matchsticks or wafers 

Sali Kheemo – Spicy Hamburger garnished with Potato Matchsticks

Britannia Sali Boti – specialty of famous Britannia restaurant in Mumbai

Books available on Amazon Manna of the 21st Century: Parsi Cuisine Paperback Hardcover Indian Parsi Kitchen Celebrations: Celebrating Zoroastrian Festivals and Traditions Dhansak: Parsi Cuisine


Parsi Sali Keema | Parsi Cuisine

Jun 6, 2015, 9:57 am

[…] Potato straws (Aloo lachchas), to garnish […]

Omelete with Potato Sticks and Spice – Indian Parsi Cuisine in America

May 5, 2018, 3:53 pm

[…] He made a egg omelette recipe with matchstick potatoes (Parsi Sali). […]

Recipe Contest Winner: Sali Boti by Shikha Sepai‎ – Parsi Cuisine

Apr 4, 2019, 9:55 am

[…] Boti.  Yet another traditional Parsi Dish. Slow cooked mutton in gravy topped with crispy potato straws (sali). Best enjoyed with fresh homemade chappatis […]

Wedding Menu –

May 5, 2019, 1:51 pm

[…] recipe) and the quintessential Salli Murghi or Chicken with a mildly spiced gravy garnished with Match sticks potatoes! (Click for recipe on making these match stick potatoes – parsi […]

Salli Boti –

Nov 11, 2019, 5:24 pm

[…] Red hot mutton cooked to perfection amid sizzling hot spices, crowned with beautiful golden potato shreds. (Sali) […]

Eggs over Sali or Potatoes – Parsi Cuisine

Mar 3, 2020, 2:31 pm

[…] Parsi dish, popularly known as papeta per eeda translated as Eggs over potato matchsticks or Sali. Click here to make Sali at home or purchase the sali in an indian store, matchsticks in american grocery […]

Swiss Potato Rosti made with Parsi Potato Sali –

Mar 3, 2023, 4:39 pm

[…] Recipe for homemade  Parsi Potato Sali and other  […]

Ask Rita