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November 15, 2011


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I love chops made with vazhakkai and senaikizhangu ( Elephant yam ).Recently I bought small sized black colored pidi karunai kizhangu from my native.I heard its a good remedy for piles. We usually make vatral kulambu by adding this kizhangu. This time i tried chops by searching the recipe.I got from a discussion forum hub. It was very nice and aromatic with the perfect blend of spices. The original recipe was named as "Karunai kizhangu kola " and it was told to deep fry. But i followed the same recipe and made in dosa tawa instead of deep frying. I would say this recipe is apt for making with elephant yam and raw banana. My doter loved it very much.We enjoyed with sambhar  and curd rice !!
                                                              yam fry
  • Pidi karunai - 4 nos
  • Pottukadalai/ Fried gram dal/ Dalia - 3 tbsp
  • Tamarind paste - 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - A pinch
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Fennel seeds/ Soambu - 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves - 4 nos
  • Red chillies - 5 - 7 nos
  • Shredded coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1 small piece
  • Salt & water - As needed.
  • Lime juice - Optional
  • Coriander leaves - To  garnish.

  1. Wash & soak the kizhangu in abundant water for sometime to remove all the mud.
  2. Pressure cook in high flame for 1 whistle.It should be half done.(Skin should be hard to touch)
  3. Now grind all the items given above adding required salt & water to make a smooth paste.
  4. Remove the skin of the kizhangu and chop it round.
  5. Now mix the paste ans marinate for sometime. The  kizhangu should be fully coated with the paste.
  6. Now heat the dosa tawa and sprinkle some oil. Cover Cook the marinated pieces for sometime.Keep the flame low for even cooking. flip the pieces to cook the other side and do the same.
  7. I Wanted a brown layer to be formed so i kept for a longer time.
  8. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and add lime juice if necessary.
  9. Karunai kizhangu Chops is ready !!

  • If u want to try kolas , just cook the kizhangu well till it mashes.Mash it with ur hands and add the paste.Mix well. Add finely chopped onions and coriander leaves . Make small balls and deep fry them in batches.
  • If u wish to try the same with senai / elephant yam , add little more tamarind paste by avoid the irritation in tongue.Add less tamarind paste to make the same with raw banana.
 I am glad in sending this recipe to priya's event..

These tender and tropical perennials grow up to a height of 12-18inches (around 30-45cm) in a spacing of 24-36inches (around 60-90cm). The leaves are around 50 cm in length and consist of many oval leaflets. These plants bloom around spring producing mauve or magenta colored flowers with fragrance. 3-4 years are generally required for the corms to be harvested. These evergreen plants can be grown in container as well if the soil is acidic. Elephant yam is an edible tuber. It is one of the oldest plants known to provide food. It is so called because of its huge size and resemblance with the elephant foot. It is widely consumed as a food crop, usually boiled or baked.
Buying tips
It is preferred to buy elephant yam from the markets where it is available is a fresh condition. It is preferable to wear gloves while handling the elephant yam as the sap of these plants causes skin irritation.
Elephant Foot Yam 300x200 Know about Karunai Kilangu (Elephant Foot Yam)
Culinary usage
Karunai Kilangu (elephant foot yam) can be consumed in many ways safely only after removal of its toxic materials. In scarcity of different staple foods, yam is used. So it is also sometimes referred to as a ‘famine food’.  Before cooking, the wild forms must be soaked in water and boiled for a long time to remove bitterness. The outer brown skin of Karunai is thoroughly washed and removed. Then they are generally cut into small cubes. It can be boiled in clean water as well as with a pinch of turmeric in water. Delicious recipes are available for cooking elephant yam.
  1. Elephant yam can be cooked in tangy sauce.
  2. Using minimal oil and by shallow frying yam kabab can be made.
  3. Deep frying half boiled Karunai in red chilli and turmeric powder can make a nice side dish.
  4. Adding paste made of coconut, snuf and jeera to the deep fried Karunai, it can be roasted and served as a delicious dish.
  5. Boiled Karunai can be also consumed by mixing it with lemon-juice, mustard paste and salt. Green chillies can also be added to the preparation for enhancing its taste.
  6. Yum pulusu ia a dish made of elephant yam. It is made by cooking it in nice tangy and spicy tamarind sauce.
  7. Yam can also be eaten as a supplement of cereals.
Storage For planting purposes only the fully matured, cured and graded tubers are used for storage. Cool and well ventilated places are used for storing. Generally the tubers are stored in single layer. If there is insufficiency is storage space, then the tubers can be stored in two layers as well. But storing the tubers in a heap should be avoided.
In seed bank vaults, the dried and packed seeds are stored at a sub zero temperature. The seeds resemble a flat lens. The light brown, apical seeds of diameter 5mm have membranous wings which are usually 10mm long and about 7mm wide.
Medicinal values It has been proved that Karunai Kilangu (elephant foot yam) has many medical benefits as its root is highly stomachic, restorative, carminative and tonic.
  1. The cooling effect of Karunai Kilangu can be a cure for Hypertension.
  2. It is often use as a treatment for piles.
  3. Yam helps to reduce cholesterol levels in blood.
  4. It can even act as an anticoagulant.
  5. Elephant yam can be safely consumed by diabetic people.
  6. Karunai Kilangu helps to maintain the hormonal balance by increasing the estrogen level in women. It can relieve the women from pre-menstrual syndrome as well.
  7. Hemorrhoids patients are also prescribed to have elephant yam.
  8. Powerful antioxidant Vitamin C is present which delays aging.
  9. It is also provided as a medicine for treatment to patients suffering from acute rheumatism.
  10. Irregular bowel movements and constipation can also be cured with its intake.
  11. However, it should be borne in mind that elephant yam is a cooling food. Hence patients suffering from cold, sinus infection or asthma should avoid its intake.
Where to buy the vegetable in US This plant is grown mostly in tropical regions like Florida. Altamonte Springs, Brooksville, Cape Coral, Fernandina Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Lakeland, North Fort Myers, St. Augustine, Tampa, Winter Haven are the places in Florida where the plant grows. Clayton and Sacramento in California, Kenner in Louisiana, Portland in Oregon, Reynoldsville in Pennsylvania, Puyallup in Washington and Cabin Creek in West Virginia are also known for growing this plant.
Nutritional and dietary information Karunai Kilangu (elephant foot yam) has a rich nutritional profile.
It provides energy about 330KJ/100g (approximately).
Potassium, Phosphorous and Magnesium are the key minerals found in elephant yam. It also contains trace minerals like zinc, copper and selenium.
  1. It also contains Calcium. 50-56mg/100g of its contents is Calcium.
  2. Its 18-24% is carbohydrate content.
  3. About 0.8% is fibre.
  4. Its water content is about 72-79%
  5. 1.7-5.0% of its content is protein.
  6. It has omega-3 fatty acids.
Diosgenin, a molecular hormone which has potential anticancer effects, is found in yam.
  1. Elephant foot yam is high on vitamin B6 content.
  2. It also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
From its wide medicinal benefits and nutritional profile we can hereby conclude that elephant yam is very potent source of nutrition. So its consumption will prove beneficial to health. It can also be consumed by people looking for weight reduction as it is low on fat content (0.2-0.4%).


  1. Never tried this before...looks tasty and healthy......thanks for sharing

  2. These chops looks so yummy and tasty:)
    Taste of Saras Kitchen

  3. My fav too ..looks yum n liked your method

  4. Love the recipe,tasty and yummy..

  5. delicious recipe,ready to have it with sambhar rice.Thanks for the information.

  6. name of the dish is new to me but sounds yum

  7. that is an interesting recipe! love yams, so i should try making this sometime!

  8. Yum yum,chops looks excellent.

  9. Yummy chops,looks very delicious.

  10. New & interesting..Would love to try it out sometime :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  11. Looks soo inviting! Wud love to have it with a bowl of curd rice:-)Slurp!

  12. This is my fav..looks so nicely roasted, yum with curd rice

  13. new to me, looks delicious and yum..

  14. We love your blog is wonderful and will always be here reading all the news.
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    Super Glorinha kisses.

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  16. wow chitra,my fav it at any ur version.

  17. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a lovely blog too. Shall follow you .

  18. Thanks for dropping by at my space. I liked what u have created . I dont get to eat much of south indian dishes in Kuwait. I can surely create one:) following you

  19. Chitvish from IL? I have met you there. .

  20. Yam is something I still have to come to terms with.

    Love your Kitchen Clinic, good to know info. Maybe after reading all this I will start using yam for cooking.

  21. delicious dear..U have made it perfectly..Love to make this..New follower here..

    Do visit my blog too

  22. first time here... liked your blog a lot.. fabulous recipes with health benefits as well.. glad to follow you.. hope you will visit my blog as well..

  23. Great information in this post! I should try this version of yam!

  24. looks delicious..I'd looooove to try this chitra..
    Tasty Appetite

  25. this looks delicious and healthy Chitra - do link to my event dear

  26. Very interesting and innovative recipe.Looks yummy and tempting.

  27. dint know about that yams are so nutritious,.. the yam chops look great! i like the fact that they are not deep fried!
    Thank you for stopping by!
    Richa @ Hobby And More


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