Thursday, June 12, 2014

Yam Masala Curry

#YamMasalaCurry #SenaikizhanguMasalaCurry : Except for potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, yam is a food with moderate nutrient density. Yam provides around 110 calories per 100 grams. It has good levels of potassiummanganesethiamin and dietary fiber, while being low in saturated fat and sodium. Yam generally has a lower glycemic index, about 54% of glucose per 150 gram serving, compared to potato products.
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This is known as Senai kizhangu [சேனை கிழங்கு ] or some used to call it Kara karunai [ காரா கருணை ]. 
The uncooked yam when comes in cotact with skin causes itching in some varieties. Even after cooking some of them cause itching while eating. So it has to be checked before start cooking.

Here let me present a masala curry with yam.

Senaikizhangu Masala Curry [ Yam Masala Curry ]

Ingredients :
Yam cubes of 1/4 inch                            : 1/2 cup 
Turmeric powder                                    : 1 pinch 
Salt                                                        : 1/4 Tsp 

For Masala :
Coconut scrap                                        : 3 Tsp
Cumin seeds                                           : 1/2 TSp
Fennel seeds                                          : 1/2 Tsp
Coriander seeds                                     : 1/4 Tsp
Red chilly                                               : 1 or 2
Garlic cloves                                           : 2
Small onion                                             : 4 to 6
Curry leaves                                           : 20 ( optional )
Coriander leaves                                    : 2 Tbsp ( optional )
Salt                                                        : 2 pinches ( adjust )

To Temper :
Mustard seeds                                        : 1/2 Tsp
Urad Dhal                                               : 1 Tsp
Oil                                                          : 1 Tsp

Method :
Take yam,salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.
Add 1/2 cup of water and pressure cook for a whistle.

Release steam immediately and check whether cooked well.
The yam should be cooked well to avoid itching while consuming.
The yam should be cooked soft and firm, otherwise it might get mashed up while stir frying.
Drain the cooked water and transfer the cooked yam in a bowl. Keep aside.

Grind all the ingredients except onion with little water. After grinding well add onion.
Run the mixie for a few seconds only. Onions should not be ground into smooth paste.
Keep aside.

Keep a kadai on medium flame with a Tsp of oil.
Splutter mustard seeds and then add urad dhal.
When urad dhal turns golden color add capsicum pieces saute well for 2 to 3 minutes.

Now add cooked yam. Saute for a minute.
Add the prepared masala and mix well.

Senaikizhangu Masala Curry [ Yam Masala Curry ]

Keep the burner at SIM position.
Stir at regular intervals till water content dries up and the masala fully coated over yam.

Senaikizhangu Masala Curry [ Yam Masala Curry ]

When the curry is ready transfer into a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Senaikizhangu Masala Curry [ Yam Masala Curry ]

This is a very good side dish for Rasam rice and Sambar rice.
It also goes well with curd rice and bisi bele bath.