Yam / Chena Erissery


This is a vegetarian recipe goes well with rice and it is prepared with elephant yam. I have already shared erissery recipes with different vegetables. The basic recipe will be same, only the main ingredient differs.  Elephant yam contains large amount of protein making them great as a staple food.


  • Elephant Yam(Chena) – 300 gram
  • Van payar/Black-eyed Beans  – 50 gram
  • Coconut – 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper – 4 
  • Garlic pods – 2
  • Chily powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Dry red chilies – 2 


  1. Clean and cook beans by adding enough water, turmeric powder and chily powder. When the beans is nearly cooked, add yam pieces and allow it to cook.
  2. Grind together grated coconut, cumin seeds, black pepper and garlic into a coarse form.
  3. When the yam and beans are fully cooked, add the above ground mixture. Add some water and salt and allow it to cook. Remove from flame when it’s done.
  4. Fry 2 tablespoon of of grated coconut and add it to this mixture.
  5. Heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves. Add this seasoning into the curry.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Sounds delicious! We also make something similar but with little variation !!

    Liked by 1 person

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