Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Elephant Yam/Senai kizhangu Vada

Elephant yam or senai kizhangu or suran in hindi is one great veggie which tastes awesome but yam just reminds me of the strong itching they causes after cutting them and all these days I never had courage to cook them in my kitchen, but applying the coconut oil in hands would avoid the itchiness still I couldn’t and at last somehow I gathered some courage and cooked it but I didn’t apply oil, I used latex glove and it was far better than oil and it worked wonderfully , no itch at all, thank god.
Making vada using yam is the best recipe I could think of with yam, it is so tasty and whoever tastes this would easily mistake them to a lamb keema vada and is its true is tastes exactly like that. Usually I have seen people making curry or porial with yam/suran and I think this recipe would be different and interesting to you all.
Always remember to take all kind of precaution before chopping to avoid the itchiness, it would be great if you get frozen yam at your Indian store, better use that and you can avoid the itchiness I guess, never used one. Here is the recipe for elephant yam vada,

Elephant Yam Grated – 2 Cups (wear glove or rub coconut oil in hands)
Roasted gram – ¼ Cup
Green chilies – 3
Ginger – ½”
Garlic – 5 cloves
Onion – half of one chopped
Cloves – 3
Cinnamon – ½”
Coconut – 2 tsp
Fennel seed – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Breadcrumbs – 3 tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry

Grind all the ingredients other than elephant yam and breadcrumbs to a coarse paste and mix with the grated yam and note that if your yam is little watery after grating, just squeeze out the water and mix with the grinded paste and if is still not thick enough or when you fry and if it is too oily add the breadcrumbs and fry it, that also adds more crispiness to vada. Make small flat round with it and deep fry in oil until it is brown on both side and transfer to the kitchen paper to drain the excess oil. Enjoy it!!!


  1. wow.swarna yummy yum vadas dear....they are looking crispy and inviting...we do curry with it, but vada is totally new....sure will try and let u know the outcome.

  2. so new to me...and it looks super crispy and yummy!

  3. Yummy Yummy vadas.... but what would my weight be after I hog on that entire plate????? Just wondering... all these snacks are very tempting... but!!!!!


  4. Hmm Swarna vadas with yam is new to me,but it looks really nice and crispy with a nice picture and thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.

  5. I do this but we call it as kola urundai, vada looks tempting and crispy..

  6. Lovely vadas....a new interesting recipe for me

  7. Crispy and different vada....

  8. Tempting vada,loves to have with cup of tea

  9. Yam Vada is a yum idea!! Thanks for the instructions too, I never try it fearing the itchiness...Sounds like I can give a try now! :)

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  11. New to me!!Crispy vada dear.nice different recipe.:)

  12. I tried the vada today... it was yummy. My daughter loved it. Thanks for the recipe. :)


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