My mom used to make this dish when we are at Tamil Nadu during my schooling. She made karnakilangu masiyal and chenakilangu masiyal , but haven’t ever even seen karnakilangu ever since I left Coimbatore. I loved Karnakilangu masiyal better than chenakilangu /yam maisyal . This is a mildly spiced dry dish and goes well with rice or rotis.
Yam cubed – 2 cups
Onion – 1 small (1/2 cup)
Tomato – 1 small (1/2 cup)
Red chilly powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Oil – 1 table spoon
Salt – to taste
Masala / spices to grind:
Saunf/perumjeerakam/ fennel – 1tsp
Dry red chilly – 2
Garlic – 1 tsp (2-3 big pearls)
Curry leaves – few
Pressure cook yam with salt with little water, and mash well. Coarsely grind the masala items except curry leaves, add curry leaves at last to grinder and just turn once. Most of us throw curry leaves and really don’t enjoy its benefits so the best way I follow is to grind them in masala. In a pan heat one 1 table spoon of oil and add the ground masala, sauté for a min until the raw smell goes. Now add the onions and sauté until transparent followed by chilly powder and turmeric powder. Add the tomatoes and cook until oil separates and add the mashed yam. Roast well in the stove for around 5 minutes until all water gets evaporated.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with curd rice or any variety rice of your choice.
I didn’t have coriander leaves in my fridge so haven’t garnished it.
The same recipe can be modified in to spicy yam fry . Half cook the cubed yams with salt and little water. Apply the ground spices ,turmeric and chilly powder to the half cooked yams. You can add ¼ tsp garam maala also if you like. In a pan add 2 tablespoon of oil sauté the onions followed by tomatoes , when the tomatoes get tender add the spcied yams and cook until crispy by turning over occasionally. Be careful not to burn the dish, so stir in between.
I do the same with Potatoes too minus the tomatoes.
Hope you like these dishes , please do try and leave your feedbacks.