Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Suran ki Subzi / Yam Curry

Elephant foot yam cooked in spicy marinade, without a sauce.

Suran/Yam/Jimikand/Elephant foot yam - is an edible tube, but is different from sweet potato, though people  often confuse between the two. It is high on carbs and is a very good source of potassium, proteins, vitamins,fiber and antioxidants. Very high in omega 3 fatty acids, it has a cooling effect on the body and has anti coagulating properties which prevent the blood from clotting, and it increases estrogen levels in women.
As it is easily available throughout the year and is very reasonably priced, it's a good idea to include it in our regular diet.

Serves - 5 
  • Suran (yam)-500 gms
  • Fresh coriander-2 tbsp
  • Yoghurt-2 tbsp
  • Turmeric-3/4 tsp
  • Chili powder-1 tsp
  • Coriander powder-1 tsp
  • Mango powder-1tsp
  • Garam masala-1/3 tsp
  • Salt-1 tsp
  • Cooking oil or ghee -4 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds-1 tsp
  • Carom seeds(ajwain)-1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida-1/4 tsp
  • Clove powder-a pinch of
  1. To clean and chop yam - Before you start working - apply oil on your hands and then scrub the yam under running water and then make big slices or strips. Then peel the yam skin carefuly with a strong and sharp knife. Don't forget to grease your hands otherwise they may get itchy due to the yam's skin.
  2. Cut into big pieces, and wash them thoroughly. Boil till done, or pressure cook with 2 glasses of water for 2 whistles on medium heat.
  3. Drain and keep aside, when cooled completely chop and make medium size pieces.
  4. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and add cumin and carom seeds. When the seeds turn golden in color then add asafoetida and clove powder.
  5. Add turmeric and add the boiled yam pieces.
  6. Stir and then add all the dry spices, mix and then add whipped yoghrt. Mix gently.
  7. Let it cook on slow heat for about 5 minutes - stir 2,3 times in between.
  8. Add chopped fresh coriander and serve .
Serving suggestions-serve with any Indian bread or as a side dish.


PT said...

like the way you have prepared this curry..

Suman Arthy said...

I wish I could taste this dish aunty..

Gauri said...

Wow.. looks so delicious and want some now :))

Suja Manoj said...

Love the recipe,looks so delicious.

sangeeta said...

Nice recipe. I never tried sooran with dahi. My mom used to make a spicy deep brown subzi with it and that is what I have had till now. But sooran ka chokha and kabab i make more frequently. This recipe would be included in my repertoire soon :-)

Mélange said...

Super yummy and an absolute treat..

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DivyaGCP said...

Delicious and Flavorful!!

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kala said...


divya said...

ahaaa...looks absolutely yummy!

Veena Theagarajan said...

Like the spices in it.. I normally do simple fry

Manasi said...

What a lovely vegetable preparation!
I like suran, sadly, we get only frozen variety here- which I do not like :(
If I do get fresh yam, though, I will try this method.

Sweety said...

I'd like to try this recipe tonight. I'll possibly add lots of turmeric/curcumin and chili powder. How many servings can this make?

Akila said...

Never done this variety.. Looks great

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Vimitha Anand said...

Delicious curry... Would be nice for chapathis or rice

Sayantani said...

never tried suran with yogurt. a must try combo for me.

Hema said...

I've never tried a subzi with suran, this looks so delicious..

themustardseed said...

So good! I love suran and my grandmother used to make pickle with grated suran and whole garlic in mustard oil. It is my all time favorite!

Divya Pramil said...

Wow that sounds too yum!! Delectable presentation :)
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Your Cookery Book said...

I found your recipe from petitchef. I'll definitely give it try this recipe some time soon with little tweek. Thanks.

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Daniel Olbrych said...

Where can you buy suran in the USA?

Anjana Chaturvedi said...

@Daniel you can find suran/yam at any Indian store selling vegetables

Nayana Pai said...

That's just a great recipe for Suran. The dish just got finished at the table yesterday - unlike the days when it is made with kokam. Dahi as a base is an excellent way to consume Suran. Many thanks