Ingredients :
  • For chena / yam:
  • 150 g - chena (yam), gently peel off the outer skin, wash thoroughly and cut it into 1/4 - inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup - water (Indian standard measuring cup of 1cup / 200 ml / 8 oz capacity)
  • 1/2 tsp - salt (or to taste)
  • In a pressure boil chena cubes with water (just to cover chena) and salt to taste. Bring to pressure cooker on high heat for 2 quick whistles. Allow the cooker to cool naturally. Open the cooker and check the texture of chena. If it's cooked well, that's fine. Or cook again for another 2 quick whistles (adjust water too).
  • For seasoning:
  • 1 tbsp - oil
  • 1 tsp - Mustard Seeds
  • 3/4 tsp - Red Chilli powder

How to Make Chena Mezhukkupuratti :
  1. In a pan or karahi, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add boiled chena cubes and adjust salt to taste.
  2. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 10 - 12 minutes until spices well coated on chena.
  3. Serve as a side dish with rice and other accompaniments.