you're reading...
Kerala Dishes, Vegetarian Dishes

Fried Yam Cubes – A Taste Of Freedom

As we go through the fluid motions of life – conforming to norms, rules and regulations, and expectations – we must remember to take pleasure in the little things that make life enjoyable.

When my sister and I were young, my parents gave us cycles of our own; we were encouraged to ride them (within our compound). We enjoyed that.

I did the same with my children, although I extended the boundaries a little. They liked nothing more than a cycling fest, with the sun on their faces and the wind in their hair!

 Those times, I thirsted for company, and  on one of these trips  I found a friend with two children of about the same age. The start of a fulfilling friendship with a lot of recipe – swapping and joined cycling fests! The good times!

Fried yam is a traditional preparation that is served for sadya, along with the banana chips and sharkara upperi. I could never get this right , but now, the mystery has been cleared.

Fried Yam (Chena)

Preparation time: 30 minutes                                    Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6


  • Yam (chena)  –  1/2 kg
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Chilly powder – 1 tsp ( optional )
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 and a half cups

Method of preparation:

  1. Wash yam thoroughly and remove skin.
  2. Dice the yam into 1 inch cubes.
  3. Mix turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt and smear yam with this paste.
  4. Put yam in a colander and suspend over a vessel. The water from the yam drains down into the vessel.
  5. Let it stay for about 30 minutes.
  6. After this, fry the yam in batches.
  7. Serve hot.

Quick Tip: When you buy ghee from a store, pour the ghee in a kadai on low heat, and bring it to a boil while stirring. Take off the heat. Let this cool. Store in an air – tight container. It lasts longer and has a better aroma.

Quick Snack: Cut a ripe plantain lengthwise into thin strips. Shallow-fry these strips on both sides to a golden brown on a tava, using ghee. Sprinkle  sugar on it and serve hot.


About Paddy

When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’ The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day. Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. I had a cook from Kerala, but the cold weather did not suit her and in a month’s time, she went back. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too. I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life. I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.


4 thoughts on “Fried Yam Cubes – A Taste Of Freedom

  1. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful information particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such information much. I was seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

    Posted by Hortencia Heinl | May 9, 2012, 2:01 PM
  2. Is it okay to put a portion of this in my personal web site if I submit a reference to this web page?

    Posted by click | May 31, 2012, 12:11 AM
    • May I request you to give reference of your personal website details? I would like to know where it is going in. Let me inform you I am indeed pleased that you want it put in.Thanks

      Posted by Paddy | May 31, 2012, 8:07 AM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: