Chena Mezhukkupuratti / Elephant Yam Stir Fry

This is an easy and tasty side dish of yam which can be served with rice. Elephant yam usually used for thoran, erissery  kind of dishes.


  • Chena/Elephant Yam (peeled and cubed) – 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 teaspoon
  • Chili powder -1/2 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds -1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Red chilly – 1
  • Garlic crushed – 3 cloves
  • Shallots (sliced) -1/2 cup
  • Pepper powder -1/2 teaspoon


  1. Thoroughly rinse the cubed yam. Add turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and water to it and cook until done. Do not over cook. Drain well and keep aside.
  2. .Heat oil in a non stick pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add curry leaves, garlic, red chilly  and shallots and saute until it turns translucent.
  3. Reduce the flame to low and add remaining chili powder, pepper powder. Saute for a few seconds.
  4. Add the cooked yam and saute for a few minutes or until it is browned.

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