Yam Poriyal

Yam Poriyal

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Here is a spicy preparation of yam, which goes well with rice and bland gravies like more kuzhambu. The scintillating blend of spices used in this curry is sure to tickle your taste buds and leave you asking for more! in tamilnadu, they often say that this curry is so aromatic that the neighbour will know if you are cooking it right!

Yam Poriyal recipe - How to make Yam Poriyal

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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For The Curry Powder
2 tsp coconut oil or any other refined oil
1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1/2 tsp besan (bengal gram flour)
1/2 cup urad dal (split black lentils)
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp tamarind (imli)
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
2 cups yam (suran) cubes
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil or any other refined oil
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 tsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
1 whole dry kashmiri red chilli , broken into pieces
1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/4 cup freshly grated coconut

For the curry powder

    For the curry powder
  1. Heat the oil in a small pan, add all the ingredients and saute for a few seconds till it leaves a pleasant aroma. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Combine the yam, turmeric powder, salt and ½ cup of water and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the urad dal, chana dal, chillies and asafoetida, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the cooked yam, coconut and curry powder, mix gently and cover and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring once in between. Serve hot.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy185 cal
Protein5.6 g
Carbohydrates16 g
Fiber3.6 g
Fat11 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A109.2 mcg
Vitamin B10.1 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B30.6 mg
Vitamin C0.1 mg
Folic Acid29.8 mcg
Calcium38 mg
Iron1 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium10.3 mg
Potassium200.6 mg
Zinc0.7 mg


Yam Poriyal
 on 16 Mar 20 08:35 PM

I kept wondering about the curry powder preparation. Nowhere it is mentioned that it needs to be made into a powder except as the name suggests. Also, could not find, how much is a cupful. As we don''t eat very spicy food, couldn''t make it so spicy. I had never cooked anything with yam before. Hence, it was surely helpful to have a recipe in hand. But surely not a recipe to wait for or look forward to.
Tarla Dalal
02 Apr 20 11:55 AM
   hi, we will be cooking this recipe again soon and will keep you posted....