Spicy Mashed Yam

Karunai Kizhangu Masiyal (spicy mashed yam) is a tangy tasty accompaniment for rice or roti. It can also be used as a spread for sandwiches. Spicy mashed yam tastes best when served with paruppu sadham (rice & lentil). 


Yam is an excellent & commonly used remedy for hemorrhoids (piles). It is better to be little cautious while taking cooked yam, as it causes tongue prickling; it can be avoided by keeping them unused in dry place for few days (3 or 4 days) after buying and also by adding tamarind pulp or lemon juice or vinegar while cooking.

img_5702Cooking Time : 30 min

Serves : 4


  1. Yam (karunai kizhangu)- 3 Nos.
  2. Sesame oil (nallennai)- 1 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds (kadugu)- 1/2 tsp
  4. Curry leaves (karivepilai) – 2 sprigs
  5. Shallots (chinna vengayam) – 20 Nos
  6. Turmeric powder (manjal podi) – 1 tsp
  7. Red chilli powder (milagai podi) – 1 tsp
  8. Tamarind (puli) – Please refer image below
  9. Jaggery (vellam)- 1/2 tsp
  10. Salt – 1 tsp


Cooking Method:

  • Wash yams till soil is removed completely & pressure cook them (simmer for 8 min after bringing to high pressure).
  • After bringing yam to room temperature, peel their skins, mash them well & keep aside.
  • Chop shallots finely, extract tamarind juice & keep them aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds, when crackled add chopped shallots, curry leaves and saute till shallots become translucent.
  • Add turmeric, red chilli powders & saute for 5 sec.
  • Add tamarind juice & bring it to a boil.
  • Add jaggery powder & salt.
  • Add mashed yam, combine together & keep it covered in low flame for few min.
  • Spicy mashed yam is ready to serve.


Please Note: It is preferred to use sesame oil than any other oil for this recipe.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Rema s hari says:

    Megala very good blog.pictures are excellent.only got time today to check.will surely try your recipes

    1. Megala says:

      Wow! Thanks.

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  3. Sumith says:

    Beautiful blog!

  4. Megala says:

    Thanks for your feedback; really encouraging.

  5. Gomathy says:

    Yam masiyal tastes good. Katta meeta
    Kids like the taste

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