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Monday, October 22, 2012

Senaikizhangu-elephant yam roast/ fry
Elephant yam roast/ yam fry/ senai kizhangu roast is my favourite fry. But I make it very rarely as Vj doesn't like it. Many people doesn't like it as it gives an itchy feel in your tongue while eating. But when properly cooked, it can be eliminated. I referred Kribha’s blog for this, but adapted the recipe to suit my taste buds.

Yam fry - elephant yam roast

Elephant yam fry recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Sides
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Serves: 4


Elephant Yam/ Senai kizhangu - 1/2

Tamarind - 1 tblsp thick extract

Gram flour/ kadala mavu - 1 tblsp

Sambar powder - 1 tsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric - 1/8 tsp

Salt - 1 tsp

Oil - As needed


  1. Peel off the skin of the yam and wash it. Cut into thick slices.
  2. Boil enough water with tamarind, turmeric and salt. Add the sliced yam and parboil. (Half cook). Drain the water.
  3. Spread the boiled yam in a plate and add the other ingredients except oil. Mix well to coat evenly. Sprinkle little water if needed(1 tblsp).
  4. Heat an iron dosa pan, drizzle over some oil and arrange the yam and cook in medium flame until golden brown spots appear. Flip and cook similarly.


  • You can add crushed garlic along when you mix the powders. Also curry leaves while frying.
  • Cooking in iron grill works best. Cook in medium flame to ensure even cooking and browning.

Serve as sides for rice. I had with rice, Keerai kootu and pepper rasam.
I am off to a short vacation, so hold on if you have queries, will reply to it once back.

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  1. so yummy tawa fry

  2. beautiful yams Raji and i love that sauce pan so cute!! easy to make too only do u know if there s any way for the hands to not itch when you cut the yam?

  3. Nice roast,looks perfect wid rice

  4. Very nice and tempting roast... Yummy :)
    Indian Cuisine

  5. hey raks. this looks really yummy.

  6. It's my fav too ...that platter looks so yum

  7. This is how my husband likes the yam cooked. his mother always made it roasted in big slabs and to this day he might possibly clean sweep the entire lot if permitted to his plate! Nicely roastd yam kari.

  8. Delicious raost,loved this a lot...

  9. Oil less Healthy fry, Loved it...

  10. Just drooling here, irresistible.

  11. Nice roast,spicy and delicious..

  12. my daughter's fav.
    looks perfect raji :)

  13. Very perfectly done yam fry even suresh doesn't like this yam. Love the addition of fennel powder

  14. Love this, the masala I use is slightly different, looks super tempting..

  15. My hubby's favo ..will try your version now..

  16. have never tasted this as a roast.. either as as a subzi or chips & we love it.. loved the pan u served it in :)

  17. I never tried elephant yam.....this fry looks yum....

  18. I love senakizhangu with rasam sadam. I don't find them here but the moment I visit home, that's the first dish I ask my mom to cook for me.

  19. I have never tried making elephant yam before. After seeing yours, I just can't wait to bring home this vegetable. Thanks for sharing this recipe Raji :)

  20. I so love eleohant yam fry and I hate that we don't get them fresh here. This is making me drool!

  21. We haven't tried this at home. So, I'm gonna give it a try this weekend. Add more turmeric or curcumin and partner it with a tea. Yum, yum!

  22. Drooling here, with sambar rice i can have this fry even everyday;

  23. I dont get the fresh elephant yam here:(
    Looks very tasty!

  24. Yummy looking roast...looks nicely done!

  25. Perfect and beautiful pics. Tried your 1 minute chocolate cake came out absolutely superb..thks Raks for such wonderful recipes. http://cookingupsomethingnice.blogspot.com/2012/10/easy-microwave-chocolate-cake-in-1.html

  26. We do similarly but deep fry it. This looks healthy.. Will definitely try next time.

  27. This one is new recipe for me to try,..:)

  28. i made this for nivedhanam's tried and tasted and posted today :) loved it!

  29. half cooked means how many minutes akka..
    It always made wrong by me..am so disappointed by seeing it mushy..how to spread those ingredients..just have to sprinkle its dat ok? i am weak in this step akka

    plz clarify my doubts

    1. Try not to slice too thin. After the water boils, add the sliced yam and cook for 4 minutes.

  30. thank you akka..tried today with paruppu keerai+pepper rasam and pappad...fully finished akka not a single piece left...got appreciation from hubby.

    itz all bcz of u...


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