Yam Stir Fry
2-3 Servings ~ 15 Minutes
  • 250 grams Elephant Yam
  • 1/2 Tbsp Red chilli flakes/powder
  • 5 Shallots - Crushed
  • 5 Garlic cloves - Crushed
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Coconut
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil - 3 tbsp

Elephant Yam Stir Fry – Kerala Style

In Kerala its called Chena Thoran or Chena Mezhukkupuratti.

Elephant Yam is a as an edible tuber, which is highly consumed in Africa followed by some Asian countries.

It is good source of nutrients like proteins, omega 3 fatty acid, fiber, vitamin ,B6, carbohydrates and minerals. Elephant Yam is also called Suran/jimikand in Hindi, Suvarna Gedde in Kannada, Senai kizhangu in Tamil, oluo in Oriya,Pulla Ganda in Telugu, Ol in Bengali,

The root of the Elephant Yam is efficient in treating inflammation of the eye, piles, hypertension. Its a rich source of essential fatty acids (Omega-3 fatty acids) and high in vitamin B6. Consumption of this vegetable increases the immunity level of our body. Elephant Yam can be prepared easily into a very tasty side dish.


– Cut the brown crust of the yam.
– Chop into small pieces and put them into a bowl of water and salt.(some yam causing itching in the tongue, this process ensures that the itching doesn’t happen)
– Heat the coconut oil in a pan, add the crushed shallots and garlic.
– Salute till garlic changes colour.
– Add in the curry leaves and saute for 10 seconds.
– Add in the red chili flakes/powder and saute.
– Add in the chopped Elephant yam, grated coconut and 3/4 cup water along with salt to taste. mix well.
– Cover and cook on medium flame till all the water is evaporated.
– Serve as a side dish with rice.

– Kerala dishes are cooked in Coconut Oil for the authentic flavor, you can use your cooking oil instead.

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