Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chenaikizhangu Kootu / Suran Ki Bhaji / Elephant Yam in Pepper and Coconut Gravy..

Chenaikizhangu (Suran in Hindi / Elephant Yam in English) is one of my most favorite vegetables among all the kizhangu varieties.
It is widely used in most of the Kerala style dishes and the very thought of Chenai Erissery or Chenai Varuval makes me drool!!
This kootu is similar to the Chenai Erissery except for some minor changes.
Here is the recipe: 


Chenaikizhangu/Suran- 1 lb or 1 pkt frozen cut suran

Turmeric- 1/2 Tsp

Salt to taste 

To dry roast slightly and grind into a paste:
Urad dhall- 1 Tbsp

Dry red chillies- 2 nos.

Peppercons- 1 Tsp

Asafoetida/hing- 1/2 Tsp

Raw rice- 1/4 Tsp

Grated coconut- 2 Tbsp

For Tempering:

Oil- 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

Urad dhall- 1 tsp

Curry leaves - a sprig


1. Peel the skin and chop the chenaikizhangu into small pieces (if using fresh whole ones). Wash the pieces and pressure cook it along with half tsp of turmeric and very little water for 2 whistles or till it is soft, but not mushy. If using frozen suran, wash the pieces and directly pressure cook it.

2. Dry roast the urad dhall, peppercons, dry red chillies, raw rice and coconut slightly and grind it into a fine paste adding little water.

3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add the items under tempering. Remove the cooked yam and add it to the pan without draining any water if there is.

4.Add salt and let cook for two minutes and then add the ground paste.

5.Mash the chenaikizhangu slightly with the back of the ladle and let it cook for a few minutes till it starts to thicken like a gravy.

6.Switch off the heat, place a sprig of curry leaf on top and drizzle a few drops of coconut oil on it.

7.Close the lid and let sit for a few minutes before serving.

8.This kootu can be mixed with rice and eaten or can also be eaten as a side dish along with rasam or kuzhambu rice.


  1. Yum....naaku oorudhu :) Is it good to eat as-is, or mix with rice..

  2. Thanks for the comments Hari. The discretion is left to the person eating it!! I love the kootu and would eat it as it is..