This is a delicious curry recipe that goes well with bread or rice. It can also be consumed as a soup dish for the water content and the soft texture of the yam.
Cooking Tips and Consumption
- As the yam contains oxalate compounds that cause itchiness in the throat it has to be pre-treated which we do by frying the yam and then using the fried cubes into curry recipe.
- We used pure peanut oil for frying as it can withstand the high temperatures required for the same.
- Frying is not necessary but adds to the taste.
- If you do not want to fry, make sure that the yam is cooked well. This will help to remove all the irritants that can cause itchiness in throat.
Elephant Yam Soup with Green Peas – Jimikand or Suran Curry
- Pressure Cooker
- Frying Pan (optional)
- 600 g Elephant Yam tuber Medium sized
- 1 Medium Onion Finely chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 tbsp Ghee Or any other pure cooking oil
- 200 ml Pure peanut oil For frying. Replace with other oils of your choice
- 1 inch Fresh ginger root
- 2 Large Tomatoes Finely Chopped
- 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 2 tsp Rock Salt To taste
- 1 tsp Coriander Seeds Powder
- 2 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
- 1 pinch Asafetida or Hing
- 200 g Green Peas Frozen or Fresh
- 2 Sprigs Fresh Coriander Leaves Chopped for garnishing
- 2 Cups Water To make a nice soup, you will need good amount of water, otherwise the curry will become very dry.
- Peel the yam and cut into half-inch cubes as shown in the picture.
- Heat frying oil in the pan and start frying them till they turn golden brown. Keep aside. (Caution: Don’t fry the yam pieces to too dark brown as the taste won’t be good afterward.)
- Heat a cooking pan. Put the ghee in it.
- Once hot, add the cumin seeds and asafetida. As the seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger and keep stir-frying till the mix turns golden brown.
- Add turmeric, salt, and coriander powder and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and keep stir-frying till the tomatoes are mashed down.
- Add green peas, yam, and water to make a nice soupy mix.
- Cook on meium heat for another 10 mins till everything is mixed well and tastes of ingredients are blended in together.
- Close and garnish with coriander leaves.
- Serve with rice or chapati! Enjoy!!
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