Spicy Mashed Yam

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


Mashed yam is an excellent home remedy for hemorrhoids (piles). Some people, esp. kids,  may not like to take yam as it causes tongue prickling, but it can be avoided by keeping them unused in a dry place for few days (3 or 4 days) after buying. Also we can add tamarind pulp or lemon juice or vinegar into the mash while cooking to prevent itching.

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.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. krcc says:

    You had me at “spicy”!

  2. 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.

  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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