Jun 28, 2014

Senai Kizhangu Avial Recipe / Yam Avial Recipe / Elephant Yam Avial Recipe

This is my mom's recipe, she makes a variety of avial with whole lot of veggies. She makes avial atleast three times a week. You can check out my avial recipes too.Now this avial is one of my favorite one, i like to mix this with cooked rice and have it as it is, it is that tasty one..So you have to try this recipe and let me know if you liked it..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 3


Elephant Yam / Chena Kizhangu - 2 cup peeled and sliced 
Tamarind Pulp - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Coconut Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp

For Masala:
Coconut - 1 cup grated
Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Whole Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp


Grind the ingredients given for masala to a slightly coarse paste. Set aside till use.

Take yams in a kadai, cover it with water. Bring it to boil and cover the kadai with a lid. Cook till the yams is tender. Drain and set aside.

Now add yam to the same kadai. Add in the tamarind pulp and some water. Mix well till the raw smell leaves away.

Now add in the ground masala and mix well.

Cook this for a couple of mins.

Now make seasoning by heating oil and crackling mustard seeds. Pour this over the avial and mix well.


Cut your yam

Add them to a kadai

cover with water

cover with a lid

cook till they are tender

drain it

Grind all the ingredients to masala

grind them to a slightly coarse paste

Now add the cooked yams in the same kadai

Season with some salt

add a little tamarind juice

once it is mixed and dried up

add in the ground masala

Let it get mixed properly

Now make tempering..Heat some oil

Add in mustard seeds

pour this over the avial

mix well

Serve this with rice..


  1. does not avial require sour curds ?.

  2. @AnonymousThis avial dont need curd, since we have tamarind in this

  3. hi, In Tirunelveli dist, we never use curd for avail only tamarind... Also brahmins just use make a stiff small ball of tamarind and let it boil with Avail and remove it later after switching off the stove or before serving

  4. Hi at which point will v add salt

  5. @AnonymousRight after boiling yams and adding it to kadai.


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