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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Senai Kizhangu Varuval / Elephant Yam Roast Recipe

Senaikizhangu Varuval
 This is one of my all time favorite. My mom makes chena/senaikizhangu in different ways, sometimes with a combo of  potato, which i will be posting later. Her recipe is such a finger licking one, that my friends request to make it whenever they come to home.

Senaikizhangu Varuval
This is another style where they are half cooked and then roasted with some spices. Yummy to go with any gravy for a comforting lunch.
I usually hesitate to try this because of it's itchy nature and mess with cleaning and nowadays i am following some of my mom's tips while cleaning.
Senaikizhangu Varuval Recipe

Chena / Senaikizhangu Varuval Recipe - Ingredients:
Preparation time: 20 mins | Cooking time: 10 mins | Recipe cuisine: Indian | Recipe category: Side dish.

Chena / Senaikizhangu (yam) - 1/2 cup (chopped)
Tamarind - 1 small gooseberry size.
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil as needed.

To roast and grind:
Red chili - 2
Garlic - 2 cloves
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp

To temper:
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few sprig
Oil as needed.

1. Chop the yam into bite size squares and wash well. Boil the yam with enough water in a bowl with turmeric and tamarind until soft yet crunchy. Don't over cook it or else it will turn mushy. Strain it and discard the tamarind and set aside to cool.

2. In a pan dry all the ingredients on low flame till a nice aroma comes. Take care not to  burnt it. Cool down, coarse grind and keep it aside.

3. Mix the cooked yam with this grounded mixture along with chili, garam masala and coriander powder and marinate it for 10 -15 mins.

4. In a pan heat oil and splutter the ingredients under' to temper' and add the yam mixture with required salt.  Fry until golden brown and crisp.

Serve with sambar and hot rice. Also goes well with curd rice.
Elephant Yam Roast


  • While cleaning the yam, apply coconut oil in your palms before washing them in water. This avoids the itchiness. Also select yam that is days old. 
  • Adding tamarind gives a nice tangy flavor that blends well with yam.
  • While dry roasting you can add 1 tsp of coriander seeds and grind. In that case you can omit coriander powder. 


  1. Sounds yummy and tempting yam roast....Love it dear :)

  2. its yummy
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  3. really looks yummy....will definetely try this in sha allah

  4. Turned out too good!!!tastes yummy


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