Thursday, September 6, 2012

Senaikilangu Varuval (Yam Fry)

Attimes weekday lunches are boring to cook and last week was one such day when I was just in no mood to cook at all. To add it on, I opened the fridge to realise just 1 radish and a week old yam was lying which was left after making the kalan recipe. So I cooked sambar and put up all my fav ingredients to make this fry and voila we completely loved this. So I wanted to record it in my space so I made the same curry again to click and post it here :)
Senaikilangu Varuval Recipe

Senakilangu Varuval Recipe - Ingredients

Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 30 mins

Senaikilangu (Yam) - 1/2 cup chopped
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 10
Oil - 2 tsp

To roast & grind:

Red chllies - 2
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 4

Yam Fry Recipe
1.Cut yam into bite sized squares and wash well to get rid of the mud smell. Then cook it along with turmeric powder until soft yet crunchy enough to bite(You can even pressure cook it), Set aside. Dry roast the ingredients under 'to roast and grind' till golden brown.
Senaikilangu Varuval Recipe - Step1
2.Cool down and grind it to semi fine mixture.Mix this with cooked yam along with chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Marinateand keep aside  for 15-20mins.
Senaikilangu Varuval Recipe - Step2
3.In a pan heat oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves let it crackle. Then add the marinated yam, required salt and fry until crisp.
Senaikilangu Varuval Recipe - Step3

How quick and easy is that?! Serve hot with any variety rice or with rice and sambar.

Senaikilangu Varuval Recipe
My Notes:
  • Choose yam that is old to avoid itching while cutting and eating too. You can even pressure cook yam till soft.
  • Use nonstick pan to fry and reduce oil.
  • You can make it more masala/gravy kind by adding little water.
  • This recipe works good even for potato and raw banana too.
Senaikilangu Varuval Recipe Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. This is what I call a delicious and healthy preparation.Lovely side dish.


  2. Simply love this varuval..inviting!

  3. looks yummy and delicious fry...

  4. long long ago so long ago i had this yam fry...loved your version n looks more n more tempting...

  5. Oh how i miss the fresh senaikizhangu here in US!looks crunchy !

  6. yummy.. looking for something like this with yam. will try for sure:)

  7. Wow that was quick and easy - perfect meal for a tired day!!!


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  8. I make Yam chips.. these look so nice :)

  9. Best combo with Sambar & Keerai...

  10. I love yam but always run out of recipes. Loved this one Sharmi. Sure to try!

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  12. Wow i love this yam,but everybody at home hates it:(My childhood neighbor aunty makes seppankizhangu in the same way.
    wish i would have stayed nearby you to taste this delicious Yam fry.Romba temptinga irruku

  13. Yuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm my all time fav... seriously tempted.

  14. Looks so inviting Sharmi. New template for ingredients looks good.

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  15. A very delicious & aromatic fry!!!
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  16. Looks appetizing. Wish to try this out

  17. hey I made this..but mine got really soft, may be because I gave 3 whistles to the cooker...and I had a massive allergy while cutting the yam...but the recipe is good...thnks I wish to become your neighbour

  18. hai..i made dis 2day...i hate 2 hav veg dis was so tasty,i felt lyk havin non veg...

  19. hai
    i made dis 2day...i m a 100% NV lover & rarely eats veg...dat 2 oly aftr bein in chennai 4 a couple of yrs..i luv tamil veg recipes wich my frnds usd 2 bring..dis was really tasty lyk NV & i really luvd ur recipe...thnku :)keep postin more recipes..:):):)

  20. Simple and good recipe with yam. I am going to try. How can we find out the old yam?

  21. You can judge it by seeing the cut pieces, its slightly dark then its older one.If you see it fresh then keep for 3-4 days then use it to avoid itching.

    1. Thank u for immediate reply. i hav made it as above. It came good. Outer crispy and inside spongy. And then no itching problem. Tastes good. And decided to make once in a week. Thanks once again sharmi....

  22. Hi sharmi.. your recipes are very good. tried few came out very well. absolutely loving this space. do you have any seppangkilangu recipe? pls post if you have any. thanks

    1. I have posted a sepenkilangu fry, you can check that out....

    2. Thanks a lot for your reply. will try for sure


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