Kerala Style Chena Mezhukkupuratty (Yam Stir Fry)

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Kerala Style Chena Mezhukkupuratty (Yam Stir Fry)

The season of lent has started and so has the request for posting vegetarian recipes :) I’m sharing the recipe of one of my absolute favorite veggie dishes, chena mezkukkuperatti. I’m not sure how and when my love affair with this dish started, but it’s a relationship that I cherish very much. I’m surprised that it took me this long to post the recipe here. Anyways, without further ado, I’ll introduce you to this wonderful dish. I must tell you that it’s supposed to be a super healthy food.

Hope you too will also enjoy it as much as I do..

Step by step pictures…

Heat oil in a pan and crackle the mustard seeds. Add the crushed small onion and garlic and curry leaves. Fry it till it turns golden brown. Add chilli,turmeric, pepper and fennel powder and salt. Fry it till the raw smell goes, about 2 mins…

Step 1Add hot water and mix well. Add cooked chena and mix well. Make sure the chena pieces are coated well with masala. Continue to cook on low flame for 5-10 mins, stirring in between,till it is roasted well.

Step 2

 

Chena Mezhukkuperatty
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala, Indian
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • Chena/Suran (Elephant Foot Yam) – 400gms, cut into bite size pieces (measured after cleaning)
  • Whole small onion – ½ cup
  • Whole garlic – 3, big cloves
  • Red chilli powder – 2-21/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Fennel (perumjeerakam) powder – a pinch
  • Hot water – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ -1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Cook the cleaned chena pieces with salt till it’s tender (refer notes). Make sure you dont overcook them. It should retain a crunchy texture.
  2. Crush together the whole garlic and whole small onion using a mortar and pestle. Keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and crackle the mustard seeds. Add the crushed small onion and garlic and curry leaves. Fry it till it turns golden brown.
  3. Add chilli,turmeric, pepper and fennel powder and salt. Fry it till the raw smell goes, about 2 mins. Add hot water and mix well. Add cooked chena and mix well. Make sure the chena pieces are coated well with masala.
  4. Continue to cook on low flame for 5-10 mins, stirring in between,till it is roasted well. Remove from fire and serve hot with rice.
Notes
Since the chena I get in Bahrain, cooks in no time, I usually cook it on stove top, by boiling it with water and salt. Be careful while adding salt the second time, since chena is already cooked with salt.

 

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  • tinku shaji

    Lovely

  • tinku shaji

    Lovely

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks :)

  • Sajna Sinosh

    Enda vaayilkoodey kappalodikkam! Slurp! And damn.. I can’t even get yam here :( :( :(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hey Sajna,

      how are you?

      so you dont get chena there, that’s sad :(( may be next time when you go home…

      Take care dear..

  • priyanka mahesh

    looks yummy dear :)

  • preveena bhagianath

    Oh maria! I love yam, love the way my mum cooks it, very similar to how you have mentioned it. Yours look delicious.
    http://www.myweekendfoodexperiments.wordpress.com

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Preveena :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/shinu.jino Shinu Jino

    Today i try this recipe good one .Mariya pls share vegitarien recipes because its lent time,little bit confusion every morning regarding what to prepare…………………

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Shinu :) Please check out the vegetarian section in the site, I’ve posted veg recipes in the past. Hope it helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Love2cook Malaysia

    I’m just drooling nonstop at your yam stir fry!! Love ot spicy as it is :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks :)

  • http://www.awesomecuisine.com/forums/ Praveen Kumar

    Had this on my trip to Kovalam and it was lovely. Was searching for a recipe for a while now and glad to have found it here.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Praveen,

      I do hope you get to try it soon and like it too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Monisha Priya

    The experiment turned out to be a delicious affair! Keep up the good work Maria!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Monisha :)