Chena (Yam) Pulissery / Moru Curry


1 cup yam/ chena, chopped
1 1/4-1 1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 green chillies
1/2 tsp pepper corns
1 1/2 cup yoghurt, beaten
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2-3 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Peel and chop yam into small pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Grind grated coconut with cumin seeds, 2 green chillies ,1/2 tsp turmeric powder and pepper corns to a smooth paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  3. In a pan, add the yam pieces and cook it adding 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 green chilli, salt and enough water on medium flame till well cooked.
  4. Then add the ground coconut paste to the cooked yam, mix well and cook for few minutes on medium flame. (You can mash some yam…)
  5. Reduce the heat and add the beaten yoghurt , mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Don’t allow to boil. Adjust the salt and switch off the flame…
  6. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and dry red chillies and pour this over the pulissery and mix well.. Serve with rice.

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