Sennaikizhangu roast/ roasted elephant yam/suran – South style recipe

   Its high time I updated my tamil recipe index with some new post title. But now, this is going to be a new Tamil delicacy included to the list. And I promise that in future, I come up with more and more new and simple traditional south Indian dishes.

   I am not quite sure, yam would be a favourite of anyone. I did not enjoy this at all earlier while my hubby simply adores this one. He loves all the unusual veges (unusual for me) such as sephakizhangu (colocasia), yam, raw plantains etc , due to which I had to include them in my menu. Devising new ways of cooking these veges made me like them after all.

  This one is a traditional way of making yam and it goes very well with rasam mixed in hot rice.

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Sennaikizhangu roast/ roasted elephant yam/suran - South style recipe Yum
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
  1. Remove the thick hard skin from the yam and then chop them into thin long pieces. Place the pieces in hot water for sometime. Alternatively, cook them in boiling water for not more than 5 to 7 minutes. (I did not cook.)Drain the water completely.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, udid dal and channa dal followed by dried red chillies and curry leaves. Now add the chopped yam along with the turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt. Keep sauteing in between.Mix well and cook till the yam turns tender, crispy and slightly brown in colour.
  3. Serve with rice and rasam.
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  1. Priya Suresh

    I can have this roast just like an appetizier, love it much..beautiful dish!

  2. Ms.Chitchat

    Perfect chenai roast,ideal with rasam and rice :):)

  3. notyet100

    wow this looks so delicious,u r temptin me to try this,..:-)

  4. I have neve rhad this looks so good.

  5. Hamaree Rasoi

    Crispy and yummy roast …..DeepaHamaree Rasoi

  6. i too love this, sowmya. this has been sitting in my drafts for about a year now 🙂

  7. Just the thought of Chenai roast makes my mouthwater.

  8. nice snakes cool recipe

  9. Aruna Manikandan

    My all time favorite dear 🙂

  10. My mom used to cook Suran when we were in Mangalore, not tasted in years after that. Looks delcious.

  11. Lov this yam,v get only frozen yam here,simple n tasty dish…

  12. Preeti Kashyap

    Lovely with sambar or rasam..yummy!

  13. Nithu Bala

    This is my favourite veggie..loved your recipe Dear..

  14. lata raja

    Nicely roasted cheanai kari. I was not very fond of this yam until marriage and for a year my mom-in-law treated me to it almost every three days, just because it was my husband’s favourite. Now I like it too in such karis and erisseri etc.

  15. srikars kitchen

    Looks really yummy..nice entry..

  16. Cool Lassi(e)

    How can you not like Chenai and Cheppa kizhanghu? When I was young I ate them almost on a daily basis cause I would pester my mom to make this for me.To me they are the best root veggies ever.The only issue is peeling this. Sometimes they itch.Did you have a lot of time at your hand? I am amazed by the small precise cuts you have made with the vegetable.Looks fabulous!

  17. Priya Yallapantula

    Sounds yum !!! I like this veggie, but I have had different other preparations, this one is great !!!

  18. I have never had this…It looks yumm:)

  19. Priya Yallapantula

    Sounds yum !!! I like this veggie, but I have had different other preparations, this one is great !!!

  20. vsathreya

    sowmya, ou can boil the suran, with little salt till tender,drain the water and keep the suran in refrigerator for some time than roast the suran till golden brown the outer layer with be crispy and inner soft and superb to taste. venkatraman

  21. One of my faves, looks delicious!

  22. Simple and healthy yam dish.

  23. GayathriRaj

    hey i had this in my friends house long back but dnt knw how to make…by this i got the recipe….thanks for sharing and you have lovely blog…Liked it a lot. Following you…..Gayathri.

  24. Sukanya Ramkumar

    Different thinking. Nice recipe. YUM!

  25. SpicyTasty

    looks mouth watering. nice combo with rasam!!

  26. Sowmya Madhavan

    @vsathreya- Thanks for your useful tip..will try following it next time.,.


    I too am not big fan of this sanaikizhangu,my mom adds tamarind water while cooking this to suppress the itchy feeling we get while eating this!

  28. Valarmathi

    Looks yummy…..

  29. looks delicious. A new dish to me.

  30. Divya Kudua

    Rice Rasam and Yam..I sure do not need anything else with this..looks yum!!

  31. Goes with any comfort meal! chenaikizhangu toast!

  32. Unfortunately we don’t get this root veggie fresh here. I love very much this veggie!

  33. I never make suran but my MIL cooks tasty one….this recipe looks quite easy, let’s see if I try it…

  34. wow..this is new to me..I like suran in my gujju daal…but one big problem, my hands gets very itchy…so I avoid it..unless I use frozen..:-00)

  35. Looks delicious, yummy and tempting. Nice and interesting recipe.

  36. Love it anytime and wonderful crispy click

  37. Tasty roast.Hubby too loves this.

  38. Balakrishna Saraswathy

    I just love this veg but no-one in my family like s it so I just walk away when I tend to find fresh ones in stores..looks so mouth-watering..

  39. all those “unusual veggies” your mentioned are my all time fav. your recipe looks yummy and also very easy to make..

  40. Yum and spicy,love the tasty roast 😀

  41. My and Sreejas favorite one…Looks mouthwatering.


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