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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kerala Dish With Elephant Yam ( Chena Curry )

I guess all the people from south know this item well. I use to wonder when I see people separating the yam pieces and having just the gravy for rice. But I basically like yam. Mom used to make this at home adding coconuts.
I used to prepare it but’ll have to eat all the yam pieces as rest of the members strongly dislikes it.
Recently one of my friends tasted this curry and she liked it. I just thought of sharing it with you guys..

All you need is

Elephant yam - 1/4 kg (Remove the outer skin and cut into small pieces)

Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp

Grated Coconut - 1 cup

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Mustard - A pinch

Red Chilies - 3

Curd - 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Curry leaves - A few

Fenugreek(uluva) - A pinch

Oil as Required

Cook yam pieces in 2 cups of water with turmeric and chili powder( Add water just enough to cover the yam pieces).
When it is cooked add salt and coconut paste ( Grind grated coconut, cumin seeds, water).
Simmer for 3 minutes. Beat the curd and add it . Mix well . Switch off the flame.
Prepare seasoning in the pan by adding ingredients one by one ( mustard, curry leaves, Fenugreeek, red chillies). Add it to yam gravy. Serve with rice.


  1. yummy... its the quite common dish of a malayali. Thanks for the recipie.


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