Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pidi Karunai Masiyal | Karunai Kizhangu Masiyal | Mashed Yam

Pidi Karunai Masiyal | Karunai Kizhangu Masiyal | Mashed Yam | Chettinad Pidi Karunai Masiyal is a tasty, healthy side dish and goes well with sambar, rasam & curd rice. Most of the Chennaities don’t know about pidi karunai and when told, they get it confused with ‘Senai Kizhangu (Elephant Yam)’. Moreover, I found that only very few shops have this pidi karunai kizhangu. All Pazhamudir Cholai outlets in Chennai have a stock of this kizhangu throughout the year. I want to pass on this information before going to the recipe since it will be helpful for those who want to buy this kizhangu & try out this recipe!

Yam is generally considered to be a healthy tuber and good for those with constipation problems. It also helps to cure piles. Hence it is better to include in our regular diet.


There are many tasty dishes like puli kuzhambu, roast, sambar , etc., which can be prepared with this karunai kizhangu. 


Coming to masiyal recipe, it is very easy to prepare and this is a Chettinad special recipe.
Ingredients:
  • Pidi karunai kizhangu – 5 Nos.(Medium size)
  • Onion (finely chopped) -  1 No.
  • Garlic (crushed) – 2 pods
  • Green chilli (slitted)– 1 No.
  • Tomato (finely chopped) – 1 No.
  • Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind – small marble size
  • Salt to taste

For seasoning:
  • Gingelly oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few



Method:
  1. Wash pidi karunai well in running water. Pressure cook the washed kizhangu with required water until it gets cooked well (Normally, it takes 3 to 4 whistles).
  2. When the pressure subsides, take out the pidi karunai and allow it to cool.
  3. In the mean time, soak tamarind in ¼ cup of water, squeeze out the pulp and keep it ready.
  4. Peel off the skin from the pidi karunai and mash it well. To this mashed kizhangu, add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, tamarind pulp and salt and mix everything well. Keep it aside.
  5. Pour oil in a kadai and season with the items given “For seasoning”. Then add finely chopped onion and cushed garlic. Sauté well.
  6. Add green chilli and tomato and sauté well. Then add mashed kizhangu and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add ½ cup water, mix everything well and cook the masiyal in simmer by keeping the kadai closed.
  8. Then open the lid and cook well until it reaches masiyal consistency.



Healthy & tasty pidi karunai masiyal is ready! This masiyal can be mixed with hot, steaming rice and had simply with appalam. I like to have it with idli/dosa too. Today,  I have served this masiyal with vendaikkai sambar and appalam!!

Note:
  • You can make the masiyal  thinner if you want to  mix it  with plain rice rather than as a side dish.



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