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Thursday, October 9, 2008

        I don't know how exactly people call this in English...I think its called elephant yam .Its smaller in size like potatoes...Here's the picture...


                      This kizhangu have a tendency to give you a itchy feeling in your tongue,when eaten.But proper cooking removes that tendency...My mother,MIL says...buy this and keep it for @least 2 weeks before cooking,which also helps.When we are cooking , we have to use correct proportion of lemon juice/tamarind extract.

                    But its very good for our health...like its good for curing loss of appetite,bleeding piles,constipation....So here's the recipe.


Pidi karunai kizhangu 8-10 nos.
Lemon/lime juice 1 1/2 tsp
Onion 1 no.
Green chillie 4-5 nos.
Grated coconut 3 tblsp
Oil 2 tsp
salt As needed
Mustard 3/4 tsp
Urad dal 1 tsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Coconut oil (Optional)1/2 tsp


  1. Pressure cook the kizhangu upto 3 whistles.Cool down and peel off the skin and mash it with your hands.
  2. Add salt and lime juice and mix well,check for salt and keep aside.
  3. Chop the green chillies and onion.
  4. Heat a kadai and add oil,when hot add mustard,when it splutters,add urad dal, followed by curry leaves,green chillies and onion.
  5. Fry till onion turns transparent and light pink.
  6. Add the mashed kizhangu, kept aside.
  7. Fry  till moisture evaporates...May take little long time...
  8. Lastly add coconut oil(If using) and grated coconut and mix well.
  9. Now transfer to the serving bowl!Its ready as an accompaniment for rice !

Now MEME that I kept pending for almost a month...,raaji as I told you this is just for you!!

7 Facts about me:

  1. I am a food lover,as I grew eating hot hot ,my mom's delicious cooking....still I hate to eat my own cooking smile_wink.
  2. I have interest in music,I wish I could sing like Hariharan.....but I can still only enjoy his voicesmile_regular
  3. I can draw,paint a little...but now out of touch...
  4. I have interest to play badminton,volley ball....casually though I am not a champion in these games...just for funsmile_nerd
  5. I am very sensitive person,I cannot see any body ill,my darlings (hubby and my son) or my  close relations,suffering ...even a cold....smile_sad.
  6. I like to chat a lot...when I find time I will either call my friend sangeeta or call my parents,in-laws or any other relatives....so that my heart feels light.
  7. I sometimes feel to spend my free time ,something useful,like learning something....driving,photography.....but  my laziness wins !!!!

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  1. i love karunai kizhangu! we never got it in kerala so my sis used to bring it during each visit. my mom makes vatha kozhambu with this. podimas seems like a lovely idea too :)

  2. It is time to buy Elephant yam coz you showed me which ones to buy. Thank you Raks for sharing podimas recipe :)

  3. It's a new recipe to me...looks yummy...Nice to read your Meme...

  4. Made sabji of the same but a different from your version...it looks yummy...will try your version soon...nice reading your meme, get to know you better :)...Wish you Happy Dusshera

  5. Hey Rajeshwari ,
    Thats informative! Tks for details..
    Well had seen these varities of yam here, but was clueless on how n what..ur post is answer to that! :)

  6. My mom makes a masiyal with this - with no coconut.. I love this but I can't get karunai kizhangu here.

  7. Nice Meme Raks and I have never used Elephant Yam! the recipe sounds yummy..:)


  8. thanks dear for taking your time out for the MEME......had fun reading......

  9. Intha me me padihca ne ivlo innocenta irunthrkanu theriyuthu I mean ur writings r soo nice...:)

  10. hi raks ur very famous at my home i made many of ur recipes at home n loved them........... really so gr8

  11. Thanks Purnima for your feedback :)Keep visiting!

  12. Nice pics. Karunai Kizhangu is called Taro Root in US. My son loves this vegetable and when I make this as a roast he is never satisfied how much he gets! He has it for lunch and any leftovers for dinner and next day he asks if any is leftover again.


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