Friday, March 14, 2008

Karunai Kizhangu fry/ Elephant Yam fry

This post has been overdue for a long time. That's b'coz I've tried to get some info about the vegetable I've used here. It is called ' Karunai kizhangu' in tamil language. It's a type of yam but I don't know any other details. So, please...if anybody can tell me the english name I would really appreciate it.This yam can be used in puli kuzhambu as well as used to make dry curries. The dry versions are a excellent combination for sambar rice, rasam rice or curd rice.

Note: "Thankyou" foodies for letting me know that this vegetable is Elephant Yam.
Here is a picture for people who do not know what it is.

Pan fried method:

karunai kizhangu- medium size
turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
sambar powder- 1 tsp
salt- as reqd
besan powder- 2 tsp

Wash the vegetable and remove the outer skin. Cut it into any shape but it should be a little thick. Heat water in a pan. Add some turmeric and salt. cook till the vegatable is 1/2 done. Decan all the water and allow it to cool. After that add all the masala powders and mix until the vegatable is coated well. You can add a splash of water only if needed. Check for salt. Heat dosa pan or iron skillet. Pour a little oil and season the pan. Then put the vegetable on it and pan fry it until you get a nice golden color and a crunch on the outside. Add a squeeze of lemon on top and mix some corriander leaves or fried curry leaves.

Kadai fry method:

karunai kizhangu- medium size
garlic- 8 pods
ginger- 1"
red chillies- 4 (as needed)
curry leaves- 10 leaves
corriander leaves- small fistful
sombu - 1 1/2 tsp
salt- as reqd

Dry grind everything except the vegetable. Cook the vegetable with some salt and turmeric until 1/2 done. Heat oil in a kadai and add the cooled vegetable. Then add the spice powder and mix well. Keep it on a medium low flame and fry it until the vegetable gets roasted well. Serve this dish with hot rice and sambar. You can't beat this combo!!!

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