As we know, Yam is a healthy root vegetable. It is used in Ayurvedic medicines due to its medicinal properties. This vegetable can be used in making Avial, Poriyal, Kootu, Kozhambu etc. It is a universal vegetable. I had posted some recipes with this vegetable in the main ingredients. This Vada recipe may be one of the best among those entire recipes. It is very tasty and you can keep someone guessing on what ingredient was used in the fritters. It can be served as starter or a snack or as a side dish with rice.
Elephant Yam (Senai Kizhangu / Suran) – 400 Gms
Fennel Seed (Saunf) – 1 tsp
Ginger – 1 ½ inch piece
Green Chillies – 2 to 3
Besan / Chick Pea Flour – ¼ cup
Rice Flour – 2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – ¼ tsp
Finely chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp
Salt – to suit taste
Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
Oil – for deep frying
Apply Oil in hands and peel off the skin of Elephant Yam with a sharp knife. Wash the Yam.
Grate with grater with big holes. If your hand starts itching by chance, apply more oil in the hand immediately. Transfer the grated Yam to a colander. Rinse with running water till the water runs clear.
Crush the Ginger, Green Chillies and Fennel Seeds together in a mixer grinder /blender.
Squeeze out any water from the Yam. Add it to the blender.
Crush everything to a crumbly texture. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
Add all the ingredients from group 2.
Mix them well. Adjust spice to suit your taste.
Heat Oil in a deep bottomed pan. Shape small Vadas or cutlets from the prepared Yam mixture.
Fry these Vadas in the Oil in medium flame till they turn golden in color and attain a crispy texture. Transfer to a tissue to drain the excess oil.
Serve these Yam fritters with Coconut chutney or Tomato Sauce etc.
If your skin is very sensitive, use hand gloves while handling the Yam.