Chena Varavu / Yam Thoran


2 cups elephant yam / chena, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup grated coconut
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2-1 tsp chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2-1 tsp tamarind pulp / small piece tamarind
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tsp oil
salt to taste


  1. Peel and chop yam into small cubes.
  2. In a pan, add chopped yam and cook it with grated coconut, 2 crushed garlic, chilly powder, turmeric powder, tamarind pulp and salt adding little water.
  3. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add 1 crushed garlic and curry leaves and fry. Add this to the cooked yam and mix well. Serve as a side dish for rice….
  • You can also pressure cook yam together with other ingredients adding little water for 1 whistle…Don’t overcook the yam..Then do the seasoning….

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