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Yam fry | Chenaikizhangu varuval

Yam fry
Yam fry is a great side dish for weekday lunches. It goes well with almost anything. The best part of this dish is that it is very simple to make.
Yam varuval

The most important thing to know about yam is the itchiness when you cut it. When I first cooked it, I was unaware of this. Then I came to know about this vegetable. Now, whenever I cook it in home I used to wear a plastic cloves. Furthermore, yam is good for curing constipation. It also promotes weight loss. It has a cooling effect on the body so it suits well for people with hypertension.

Okay, Let's move on to the recipe.
Yam Fry

Recipe Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Category: Side dish
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 20 mins


Elephant yam - 1/4 kg
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind - 2tblspn
Salt - to taste
Water - as needed
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tsp

To Temper:
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 1 tblspn


First, chop yam into small cubes and wash it.

Boil water, add in chopped yam, turmeric, tamarind extract and salt. Cook for 5 mins.

When it is done, heat oil in a pan. Add in mustard seeds and urad dal.

When it starts to splutter, add curry leaves and cooked yam. 

Add in chilli powder, coriander powder and sambar powder. Sauté until raw smell of the  powders goes off.

Serve with your favourite curry.

  • Do not skip tamarind, as we use it to avoid itchiness.
Ingredients for yam fry
Keep all your ingredients ready
add turmeric, salt
Chop the yam into small cubes, wash it. Take it in a vessel, add turmeric salt, water
tamarind extract
Add in turmeric extract
cook for 5 mins
and cook for 5 mins
drain water
Drain excess oil
do seasoning
In a kadai, heat little oil. Crackle mustard seeds and urad dal
curry leaves
Add in curry leaves
cooked yam added
Add the cooked yam and saute for a min
spice powders
Add in chilli powder, coriander powder and sambar powder
stir fry yam
Saute for few mins till the raw smell is gone and put off the flame
Chenaikizhangu varuval
Its ready!

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