Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Senai Kizhangu Varuval | Elephant Yam fry

Senai Kizhangu Varuval, a delicious tava fry made from the elephant yam and Indian Spices. In my native place, Tirunelveli, senai kizhangu plays an important role in many dishes like aviyal, kootan soru and so on. I have known people who don't make aviyal or kootan soru unless they have senai kizhangu because it gives a unique flavor and taste to the dish.

I learned this tava fry recipe from Amma a long time ago. Initially, i was using the fresh tomato puree for the marination as per her recipe. Later when i started to use store bought tomato paste in my cooking, i have been using the same in this recipe too. It tastes equally good as original recipe. So use whatever you have !

This tava fry makes a great accompaniment for South Indian lunch meal. Now let's learn how to make this yummy senai kizhangu varuval. 

Senai Kizhangu Varuval | Elephant Yam fry

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Senai Kizhangu Varuval, Elephant Yam fry Senai Kizhangu Varuval, a delicious tava fry made from the elephant yam and Indian Spices.
Elephant Yam/Senai Kizhangu - 1/2 cup (thinly sliced)
Tomato - 1 or Tomato paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder -  a big pinch
Red chili powder  -  1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coconut oil - 2 tsp


First remove the skin of elephant yam and sliced it thinly. In a pan / kadai , heat the water(just enough to immerse this yam) and add the yam into it along with 1/4 tsp of salt.
Cook the yam till it tender(dont overcook it),then drain the water and allow the yam to cool completely.

In the mean time, cut the tomatoes and grind into paste,collect the tomato paste in the bowl/plate, add turmeric,red chili & coriander powder & salt (already we add salt while cooking the yam, so be careful in adding salt here) and mix it well. If you're using tomato paste, add a bit of water to make a thick paste ( For detailed recipe video, check out this reel)

Now add the yam into tomato paste and mix it well till every piece of yam coats well.Let it rest for 20 to 30 mins. Then in a pan heat the coconut oil , arrange this yam one by one in the pan and cook it on both sides until it turns crispy.

Tasty Senai Kizhangu Varuval is ready. Serve it with any of your favorite curry.


  • Coconut oil gives great flavor to this fry. so highly recommend to use it.  
  • If you like garam masala, add it along with all other spices.
  • Make sure to thinly slice the yam for easy cooking.

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