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Yam Mash /Suran Mash/ Suran Bhaji/Senai Masiyal (Tamil)

April 5, 2016

Elephant Foot Yam (Suran in Hindi) (Senai Kizhangu in Tamil) is a popular root vegetable, part of regular south Indian cuisine.

Mostly we make it as roast in Tamil Nadu. A slightly varied version is making a bhaji out of it. Both are equally tasty dishes.


Yam / Suran / Senai Kizhangu – 500 gm

Onion – small 1

Green chili – 3 or 4

Ginger a small slice

Turmeric powder a pinch



Cooking oil – 1 tbsp

For Tempering/Tadka: 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp channa dal, curry leaves, asafoetida (hing) powder

For Garnishing: cut Coriander leaves


1. Yam/Suran/Senai is an itchy root vegetable. So care must be taken to skin it with a peeler or sharp knife. I normally do it over an old newspaper (that’s what our papers are best for).

2. Cube the yam to medium size and rinse thoroughly many times in running water to make it non-itchy. Pressure cook the yam (not too soft) for 1-2 whistles or steam cook to soft (in which case you have to slice it thin). Let it cool. Mash unevenly on cooling using the backside of a table spoon. Keep aside.

3. Rinse and chop onion, grate ginger fine.

3. Head a wok/kadai/shallow pan with 1 tbsp oil in it. When the oil heats up to the smoking point, add the ingredients for tempering: mustard seeds, broken channa dal.

4. When the seeds split, add the chopped onions, ginger and green chili and curry leaves and saute to golden brown.

5. Fold in the mashed pressure-cooked yam and turn well.

6. Salt it and sprinkle the turmeric powder and asafoetida.

7. No need to add water but if you want you may sprinkle little water.

8. Keep tossing on low flame for the salt and spices to mix with the yam evenly.

9. Switch off the flame and garnish with freshly cut and washed coriander leaves.

10.Yam Mash/Suran Bhaji/Senai Masiyal is ready to serve.

11.Goes with all rice varieties and also with rotis/parathas.

12.Those who are prone to skin allergies please avoid Yam as it can get the skin even itchier. Yam is also not advisable for arthritics as it can aggravate joint pains. As a root vegetable, it can also cause side-effects such as gastric-related problems. The gastritis is best offset by the ginger we add and the asafoetida (hing) powder.

13.Yam/Suran/Senai is good for blood circulation.

14.Traditional Tamil vegetable dish. Traditional food. Traditionally recommended Ayurvedic root vegetable for its innumerable health benefits. Make yam a part of your weekly diet chart.



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