Chena mezhukkupuratti / Kerala style chena mezhukkupuratti / Yam stir fry

Chena mezhukkupuratti is a healthy stir fry made with chena / suran / yam.  This is one of my favorite side dish for rice but one dish which no body likes in my family. But I make it very often and have it with some curd rice.  This is a very healthy and tasty dish.  This tastes great with papad and moru kootan.  Now to the recipe..
chena stir fry

Ingredients required

Chena / Elephant foot yam  – 250 grams

shallots – 10 – 15

garlic  – 3

turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

red chilly powder  – 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon

fennel seeds   – 1/4 teaspoon

mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

dry red chilly  – 2

ginger  – 1 piece

curry leaves – 1 sprig

coconut oil  – 2 tablespoon

salt  – to taste


1.  Clean chena / yam pieces and cook with enough salt and water.  Don’t over cook them .

2.  In a pan, heat oil.  When oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds.  Wait till it splutters.  Then add dry red chilly, and saute for few seconds. Then add fennel seeds and let it sizzle.

3.  Then add sliced shallots, crushed garlic, ginger, few curry leaves and saute until it turns brownish in color. (The raw smell of garlic should go off. )


4.  Then add cooked chena, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, and combine well.  (Check for salt.  If necessary, add more.)  Mix well.


5.  Add little more oil and roast chena pieces nicely on low flame for another 8 – 10 minutes until they become nicely fried or brownish on outside.

6.  Drizzle 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, gently mix and saute for 2 more minutes, turn off the flame.  Serve with hot rice.

chena mezhukkupuratti


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