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Friday, July 25, 2014

I never realized that I loved this senai kizhangu curry when they used to serve in our lunch at our hostel mess (SRC, Trichy). But after I finished my studies, when ever I used to remember this curry I started to crave for this. But We never made it this way in our home. We make senai  kizhangu in dosai kal (Elephant yam roast recipe) otherwise a curry similar to that and mami makes this senai kizhangu chips every time. So I always wanted to try this at home. Since vj is not a big fan of this, I never buy elephant yam. This time, I really wanted to try this, so bought and made this curry. It was different from what I used to eat at my hostel, as I made it in my way. I loved the lunch with this curry and will make it often here after when ever I get a chance.

Senai kizhangu curry recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch - side dish
Prep Time: 30 soaking    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 4


Senai kizhangu, chopped - 1 & 1/2 cups

Sambar powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds powder - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Tamarind - 1 tsp tightly packed

Salt - As needed

To temper

Oil - 2 tblsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Urad dal - 2 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  1. Soak tamarind in hot water for 30 minutes and extract juice. Peel off the skin of the yam and chop it finely as shown in the picture.
  2. 1-cut
  3. Wash it with water and boil with salt, turmeric and tamarind water. Cook until done.
  4. 2-cook
  5. Drain and keep aside. Heat a pan with oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table, in order.
  6. 3-temper
  7. Add cooked yam, sambar powder, fennel powder and sprinkle little water. Mix well. Fry for 2 minutes and drizzle over some oil while turning. When the masala powders wafts aroma, transfer to the serving bowl.
  8. 4-fry


    • Buy elephant yam and let it sit in shelf for few days to avoid too itchy yam. As it gets older, less its itchy property.
    • While chopping, you can smear your hands with oil or lemon juice to avoid itchy feeling.
    • Cooking in tamarind water is must to avoid itchiness.
    • You can temper with fennel and avoid the powder.
    • Instead of sambar powder, you can replace it with red chilli powder 1 tsp and coriander seeds powder 1/2 tsp.
    • If you dont like fennel smell, avoid it and add a pinch of asafoetida powder while tempering.

Serve as accompaniment for rice. Goes well with any sambar and rice.


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  1. Hi! Haven't tasted it...looking yummy...

  2. This is my favorite, suresh doesn't like this much and i always make this only for me. Beautiful clicks

  3. Senai kizhangu masiyal is also a good recipe.

  4. My favourite. Superb clicks as usual..

  5. my huby's fav one...looks yummy...

  6. Nice one, raks! What is the reason behind boiling it in tamarind water instead of normal water?

  7. It removes the itchy property in the senai kizhangu

  8. Hi Raji, Just an add-on.... Adding coconut oil at the end, before bringing it off the stove gives a divine taste to this Senai curry. Do try it. Preetha


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