Elephant Foot Yam Curry (Suran Gadde Palya) Recipe

Updated on November 27, 2019
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Elephant foot yam curry (suran gadde palya)
Elephant foot yam curry (suran gadde palya)

A Spicy Curry

Elephant foot yam is a good source of calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, copper, and other minerals. The yam also contains diosgenin, a molecular hormone that is believed to have potential cancer-fighting properties.

This curried side dish, consisting primarily of elephant yam and chickpeas. is a rare delicacy. Though this yam is a superfood, it does not appear in many recipes because the tuber is somewhat rare. It is also somewhat starchy and heavy on the stomach.

Serve this curry with plain, cooked rice or curd rice.

Note: Follow the instructions carefully to prevent the mild, itchy feeling on the tongue that sometimes follows the consumption of this dish.

Note About Elephant Foot Yam

When raw, this tuber can sometimes make wet hands feel slightly itchy. To prevent this, add diluted tamarind water to it. Also, when cooking the yam, add diluted tamarind water and salt. Another advantage the tamarind is that it gives a clear tone to the yam.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 big bowl elephant foot yam (suran gadde), peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 1 cup black chickpeas (kala chana), soaked in water for 8 hours
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 small, lemon-sized tamarind, soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5-6 dry red chilies, broken
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp cooking oil, preferably coconut oil
  • 1 tsp jaggery powder
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp white lentils (urad dal)

Instructions

  1. Remove and discard the yam's outer skin. Chop the flesh into half-inch cubes. Put them in a steel container. Add some diluted tamarind water and salt. Add some soaked black chickpeas (optional). The water level should be about 1/2 an inch above the level of contents in the container.
  2. Cook the mixture in a pressure cooker up to 2 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the stove. Once the pressure releases naturally, take the container out from the cooker. Strain the excess water from it.
  3. Dry-grind grated coconut, mustard seeds, and red chilies. Set aside. This is the spice mix for this curry.
  4. Heat a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds, white lentils, and curry leaves. Let mustard crackle. At the same time, the lentils should become golden. Add cooked yam and chickpea mix.
  5. Add salt, tamarind pulp, turmeric powder, and powdered jaggery. Gently combine.
  6. Add ground spice mix. Stir-cook over very low fire for 1 minute. Turn off the stove.
  7. Serve with plain rice, curd rice, pancakes, roti, etc.

Photo Guide

Step one: Cook chopped elephant foot yam and soaked black chickpeas together. Add diluted tamarind water and salt while cooking.
Step one: Cook chopped elephant foot yam and soaked black chickpeas together. Add diluted tamarind water and salt while cooking.
Step two: Grind grated coconut, mustard seeds, and dry red chilies in a grinder. Set aside.
Step two: Grind grated coconut, mustard seeds, and dry red chilies in a grinder. Set aside.
Step three: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds, white lentils, and curry leaves. Saute till mustard seeds pop.
Step three: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds, white lentils, and curry leaves. Saute till mustard seeds pop.
Step four: Add boiled yam and chickpeas mix to the pan.
Step four: Add boiled yam and chickpeas mix to the pan.
Step five: Throw in some salt. Mix well.
Step five: Throw in some salt. Mix well.
Step six: Add turmeric powder and jaggery powder. Mix well. Stir-cook for a while.
Step six: Add turmeric powder and jaggery powder. Mix well. Stir-cook for a while.
Step seven: Add remaining tamarind pulp. Mix well.
Step seven: Add remaining tamarind pulp. Mix well.
Step eight: Throw in ground spice mix. Stir-cook over very low fire for 1 minute. Turn off the stove.
Step eight: Throw in ground spice mix. Stir-cook over very low fire for 1 minute. Turn off the stove.
Step nine: Elephant foot yam curry is ready to serve!
Step nine: Elephant foot yam curry is ready to serve!
Elephant foot yam curry or side dish.
Elephant foot yam curry or side dish.

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