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Elephant Yam Soup with Green Peas - Jimikand or Suran Curry

An easy yam soup recipe cooked in Indian style! This preparation is slightly tangy, and carries a high density of proteins, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It is loved by kids and adults alike.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Hindu, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: yam
Servings: 4 people
Author: Nidhi Bansal
Cost: $5


  • 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!!


Since elephant yam contains oxalates that can cause itchiness r rashes to the skin while cutting, one would need to oil the hands well with mustard oil to prevent contact with the raw yam pieces. Another option would be to wear gloves while handling the yam.