Yam fry/Elephant Foot yam fry/Chenaikizangu fry

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Almost last post of Explore th flavors, never imagined it be would this easy as I wasn’t  prepared with the last 2 weeks posts. Since the list was ready I was able to pull it off decently. Y for yam, I decided make a simple yet delicious fry with yam. I have cooked yam frequently after my marriage, but suddenly one day, I got a bad throat-itching after eating yam, so I got scared and totally stopped buying yam, even for my hubby. 
Yam is a safe veggie, if it is cooked well, though I knew this , I needed more time to understand and accept it and come out of fear.  Now I m cooking it frequently, like how I used to do it previously. 
I make yam masiyal, yam fry and sometimes a spicy kootu also. This yam fry is something loved amongst all the other dishes I make with them. My elder one loves it when served hot straight from the pan. I make this for his lunch for one of his stay back days, along with some jeera rice or coconut rice . It tastes divine with some hot rasam rice too! Do try and let me know how you liked it!
500 grams yam/chena/chenaikizhango
1/2 tsp - 3/4 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of hing
3-4 curry leaves 

  • Remove hard outer skin of the yam using. Sharp knife. Cut them into thick slabs and further into thin strips and then into cubes. 
  • Take the cut yam into a microwave safe bowl, add water and rinse well. Take fresh water until the yam is submerged, add tumeric powder to it and mix well.
  • Microwave cook at power 100 for about 16-18 minutes or until done. In my microwave it gets done by 16 minutes. The yam must be well cooked, if you press a yam cube with your fingers it should mash well. Drain the water completely.

  • In a wide pan, add oil, splitter mustard seeds, add hing and curry leaves. Now add drained yam cubes to t. Do not disturb it for about a minute or two. Now add red chili powder and salt to it. Mix well, but gently, the yam Is already cooked, we are just seasoning it now.
  • Once mixed let this cook in a medium flame until it gets crisp. Mix once in a while. It will take around 12-15 minutes in a medium flame, do not increase the flame or else it might burn. Once done, remove it and pack it as side for any rice dish. 

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  1. Good one. I love this fry and my mom used to make it very often during our growing up years. I haven't tried it yet though.

  2. I have heard from elders in the family that adding little bit of tamarind juice while cooking yam helps to reduce that throat irritation. Always do that and so far haven't faced any issue with yam. Touchwood :-) . Btw the yam fry looks so good. Well made,Priya.

  3. I can have this yam fry with some rasam rice or sambar rice, its been a while i prepared this fry. You are tempting me now.

  4. The fry looks perfect and crispy. You reminded about the masiyal. Need to try it.

  5. The yam fry is a perfect recipe for a biting snack or a side dish . This looks so nice and crisp . I really don’t use this yam
    But yes use another variety for chats !

  6. Simply delicious yam fry Priya. We get frozen yam here and I make this stir fry with it once in a while. It’s healthy and delicious.

  7. Perfectly done.. looks tasty.

  8. Super tempting yam fry.. I totally fell for this dish..

  9. I on't know why I haven't tried yam, after trying once I got this acquired taste and the same itching like you said and never attempted again. This fry looks tasty and I shall try it your way.

  10. Yam gives itchy throat when it is fresh. SO whenever I buy yam, I allow it to sit for a week before using it in recipes. The older the yam, the better. This roast looks amazing and it is one of my fav side dishes.

  11. This is one veggie I love, we make it often as a dry version. I hate it when one gets itchy hands... so always remember to rub oil on my hands before handling it.

  12. Since my mom never cooked yam at home, even I haven't tried this and so never know how it tastes..though your yam roast looks sinful!..very good choice Priya..

  13. I love chenakizhangu fry a lot and make them often your version sounds so delicious I make them similar way. For the throat itching I add little tamarind pulp to the chenai fry it removes the itchiness..

  14. Perfectly crisp yam! I wouldn't mind it along with some rice and sambhar.

  15. That yam fry looks so perfect. I feel like picking a few and munching. Unfortunately we don't get fresh yam here and have to adjust with frozen ones. I enjoy it a lot when I go back to India.

  16. Yam fry looks absolutely inviting Priya. With piping hot ghee laden rasam rice, it would be heaven!!!


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