Senai Kadi or Elephant Yam Dal or Senai Kootu is one of my favourite dish .Everytime my mom makes it ,I will be eagerly waiting to have it with hot rice and paruppu and a spoon of ghee.Generally we make a shallow fry with senai kizhanghu or elephant yam which is usually loaded with calories as we use a lot of oil to shallow fry it.But this is a very healthy and tasty alternative to use this root vegetable .My mom used to say that is a dish which she learnt from my paternal grandmother who hails from Thirunelveli.
Preparation time :30 minutes
Elephant yam or senai (chopped)- 200 gms
Moong dal or pasi paruppu -5 tbsp
Finely chopped green chillies-2 nos
Finely chopped ginger-1/2 inch
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Hing or asafetida-1/2 tsp
Tamarind - 1 small gooseberry size
Salt- to taste
Coriander leaves-to garnish
To be grind to a fine paste:
Shredded coconut-5 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Urad Dal-1 tsp
1.Soak the tamarind in half cup of water for 20 mins and extract the pulp.Pressure cook the diced yam along with chopped green chillies and ginger ,moong dal,turmeric powder and hing.
2.Grind the coconut to a fine thick paste .
3.Heat the tamarind pulp till the raw smell goes off.Add the ground coconut paste to the cooked yam and dal mixture .
4.Now add the tamarind extract to it and temper it with the ingredients given for tempering .
5.Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice and rasam.