Did the name "Elephant Foot Yam" catch your attention? :o) Yeah, pretty neat name for this tuber. We call it "Churna" in konkani or "Suvarna Gadde" in Kannada. These tubers are quite huge and my mom would buy the cut pieces or the whole. Then we would end up eating them for several days in form of several dishes. It has several medicinal values is what I have heard and it's quite popularly used in Ayurveda medicine.
You have to be careful though while using this tuber. If you don't cook it right, it leaves a little scratchy feeling in your throat. My mom would actually wash them thoroughly, cut and add pieces in salt water for few minutes. In the recipes she would add more sore taste, either with tangy tamarind or tomatoes or lemon juice.
Suran - 3 Cups (I use frozen cut pieces)
Onion - 1 medium (finely chopped)
Garlic - 3 pods (finely chopped)
Tomato - 2 medium
Chili Powder - 1 tsp.
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp.
Shredded Coconut - 1 Cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Method of Preparation:
~ Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel. Add cut onion and garlic. Fry until onion becomes translucent.
~ Add turmeric powder, chili powder and fry for few minutes.
~ Add Suran and continue to fry. Cover and cook them for 7 to 10 minutes.
~ Add cut tomatoes and fry until they are cooked.
~ Add shredded coconut, Garam masala powder and salt to taste. Mix everything for few more minutes until everything is combined.
~ Serve hot with rotis.
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