A traditional South Indian sidedish
Yam Varuval is a dish close to my heart as it was taught to me by my favourite grandmother. To get a better flavour keep the marinated yam pieces in a winnow (muram) in the sun for half an hour.
What you need
Yam - 1/4 kg
Tamarind – lemon-sized ball
Shallots - 1 cup
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1 tbsp
Fennel (sombu) - 1/2 tbsp
Cut the yam into rectangular pieces and parboil it with the tamarind. Drain the water and keep aside. Grind the shallots, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and fennel into a fine paste. Apply the paste on the boiled yam pieces and let marinate for 30 minutes. Shallow fry the pieces and serve hot.
Saradha Srikanth is a teacher by profession who loves to cook. She loves to experiment with South Indian recipes.