ELEPHANT FOOT YAM PODIMAS/KARUNAIKIZANGU PODIMAS

Karunaikizhangu podimas is yummy and goes very well with Curd rice. Sometimes it may be taken as a delicious  and staple meal without a further combination' It is the best supplement of the cereals. It is good for our health since it treats piles, constipation, loss of appetite and it balances the hormones and maintains the estrogen level in women. So it is termed as feminine food because of its cure of the premenstrual syndrome. It controls the irregular movement of bowel system. It controls the blood pressure. It is good for diabetic people. It is support for the treatment of acute rheumatism. 
It is the amazing medicine for the treatment of bleeding piles. 

Hence our ancestors recommend this yam to consume weekly twice. 

Let us move to cook the karunaikizhangu podimas. It has the tendency of itching the throat when consumed. Before cooking, we have to treat this tendency of itching by following certain methods. Tamarind extract is added to remove the toxin of itching. 

Ingredients:

Elephant foot yam  6 nos 
Bellary onion two chopped fine.
Green chilly two split
Curry leaves 12 nos
Sesame oil two tablespoons
Mustard seeds one spoon
Cilantro leaves finely chopped half cup
salt to taste
Asafoetida one pinch
Turmeric powder one spoon
Red chilly powder half spoon
Coriander powder half spoon#
Tamarind one gooseberry size
Adequate water to cook and to soak the tamarind.

Procedure:

Wash the yams several times to remove the soil particles and pressure cook the yams with three whistles.
Set aside to cool down.
Peel off the skin.
Soak the yams in tamarind extract for half an hour.
Take out the yams and mash them with required salt. 
Coriander powder, turmeric powder and red chilly powder and asafoetida.
Heat a frying pan with sesame oil over a medium flame.
Add mustard seeds to splutter.
Add onion, green chilies and curry leaves.
Sprinkle asafoetida half pinch.
Now transfer the mashed yam and stir well.
Let the flame be low level.
Stir continuously till the oil is absorbed completely and the mashed yam becomes golden brown.
Add cilantro leaves and give a good stir again.

Switch off the flame and transfer the fried yam podimas in a serving bowl.

This yam podimas is familiar in chettinadu also.
There many variations of the cooking of this yam. It may be cooked as karunaikizhangu 
pulikuzhambu .

It is the best accompaniment with curd rice.





















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