yam fry
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yam fry

yam stir fry recipe - a simple stir fry dish made with yam, spices, coconut without addition of onions, garlic and ginger.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: side dish
Cuisine: indian, south indian
Servings: 2 to 3
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 3 to 3.5 cup chopped elephant foot yam (suran or zimikand)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil or any vegetable oil
  • 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch) - deseeded and broken or 1 to 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 8 to 9 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon grated fresh coconut
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required
  • enough water for pressure cooking or steaming the yam


pressure cooking yam

  • peel and chop the yam (suran) into cubes. rinse them well in water.
  • in a pressure cooker, add the yam, turmeric powder and a bit of salt.
  • pour enough water to cover the yam completely.
  • pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles or more till the yam has completely cooked and softened.
  • drain the yam and keep aside.

making yam fry

  • heat coconut oil in a frying pan. add the mustard seeds and urad dal.
  • crackle the mustard seeds first and allow the urad dal to become a maroonish color.
  • then add the cumin seeds and stir.
  • add the broken red chilies, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  • saute till the color of the red chilies change.
  • then add the drained yam. stir.
  • then add the coconut. season with salt. stir and saute for a few minutes.
  • lastly add chopped coriander leaves and stir again
  • serve yam fry as a side dish with sambar or rasam or with chapatis.