Sunday, July 6, 2008

Yam Masala (Chena Masala)

Yam is one vegetable that I prefer to avoid in general, especially because of the allergic reactions caused by it. However, with phulkas all nights for dinner, I find myself wondering what different and palatable side dish I can prepare. This time around, I happened to get cut yam from the supermarket, which meant I didn't have to worry about cutting them myself. The picture shows the yam masala that I prepared to go with Dal Roti (recipe later).

You will need:

Yam - cut into cubes - 3 cups
Green chilly - 1
Onions - chopped - 1 cup
Tomatoes - chopped - 2 cups
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - chopped (optional)


  • Pressure cook the cut yam pieces
  • Heat oil in pan and saute the onions along with ginger garlic paste and sliced green chilly
  • Add the tomatoes after the onions turn light brown and cover the pan
  • Remove cover after 5 minutes, add the powders and the cut yam and stir well
  • Add salt to taste and cook for 10 minutes on low flame adding 1/2 cup of water if necessary
  • Garnish with chopped coriander

Serve with hot chapathis/rotis/phulkas


Nags said...

That's a lovely recipe with chena. I just maka thoran and sometimes mezhuperatti with it. in face, just yesterday i picked up some from mustafa so will try this :) ur pics are really getting better!

Shreya said...

Thanks, Naga. For the pictures, you are my inspiration, and tutor! R dislikes Chena thoran. I don't know how to make mezhukupetratti with chena. Hope you will post it soon:-)

Asha said...

Beautiful looking dish, YUM!I don't get Suran here except in cans which are you know what? :D

Andhra Flavors said...

very tempting one. lovely recipe with chana

Priti said...

Yum masala looks Yummy....nice one...

Sireesha said...

Lovely and new recipie for me....I make suran fry only......This time I will try this..Thanks for sharing...

Shreya said...

Asha, thanks a lot. Yes, canned food is never the same as fresh food. It always leaves a strange flavour (of the container, I guess).

Andhra Flavours (sorry, can't see name in profile), Priti, Sireesha, thanks a lot. I will post more recipes with suran/yam on this blog. So keep checking:-)

A&N said...

This is so Mal no? :D My mom used to make it. I feel yam sticks to your tongue, so I do not eat it :D

sowmya said...

nice recipe with yam..i bought one recently..wil try with this recipe of yours..

SriLekha said...

u have a lovely blog its my first visit to ur blog shreya now on will keep in touch with it

Sharon said...

Shreya, thanks for stopping by. I love your recipes and am bookmarking this one!

Shreya said...

a&n - i can understand that feeling, my bro has the same and doesnt eat this vegetable. sowmya, srilekha, sharon - thanks:-)

Sunshinemom said...

I love this one. Neighbour made it once and offered! Regarding chena I have the same problem - My hands itch like hell and so does my throat:(