Thursday, 30 December 2010

Elephant Foot Yam Kabab – Veg Shami Kabab

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About 2-3 days back I got a call from Sangeeta from Banaras Ka Khana. We chit chatted for some time and then she asked me what are you cooking? I told her I am making Yam Kababs  and then we discussed about Yams. Yam is a term used generally to describe underground tuberous roots  of genus Dioscorea, many of which are edible. They are available in various shape, colour and size. Sangeeta mentioned that she has seen Yam as big as 2-3 feet long when she lived in Jharkhand. I have never seen those but surely would like to see them.
This particular Yam, that is the Elephant Foot yam,  whitespot giant arum or Stink lily, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius. In India it is grown mostly in Kerala, Orissa, Maharashtra and A.P. In India it is popularly known as Jimmikand or Suran or Chenna.
This picture I have taken is from Google Images. For more info on yam check here.
I tried making Kababs with them, and was happily surprised with the result. I used minimal oil for shallow frying. The Kababs had a nice crispy crust and  were very soft inside.
I had made them for dinner and had served them with oil toasted whole wheat bread, pudina dip and onions. Made a light but filling dinner for all of us.
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Ingredients
500gms yam cut into cubes
5-6 garlic cloves
3-4 green chilies
an inch of ginger
a very small bunch of cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 tsp lemon juice
2-3 tsp cumin pwd
4 tsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chili pwd
salt to taste
bread crumbs
Method
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In a food processor put the cooked and cooled yam, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves, lemon juice, all spices and grind to a fine paste. Remove in a plate, adjust the salt and then gradually add bread crumbs till you get a binding texture.
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Make 2inch flat Kababs and shallow fry in low oil on a medium flame till the outer crust is nicely crisp and golden brown in colour on either side. These are very delicate and need to be handled gently, especially while flipping.
A perfect veg version of  Shami Kabab.
Serve with pudina dip, raw onions and tava toasted bread. I already have a  demand from my younger one to make them again.
For the Pudina dip
3-4 tsp mint laves
an equal quantity cilantro leaves
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 green chilies
4-5 tbsp yogurt
salt to taste
Grind all the ingredients together. Adjust the consistency later with water.
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Sending this to WYF : Light Meal hosted by EC at Simple Indian Food
and to
 Kids Delight hosted by Srivalli.
Tips-
Add a sour agent like tamarind/ curds/ lime juice while cooking the yam, this helps remove the itching caused by the yam.
The Kababs can be used to make Burgers for kids. Just place in some lettuce and mayo in the burger buns along with the Kababs.
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44 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very delicious....love the click

Preeti Kashyap said...

Awesome recipe pari.But too sad I cant get a hold of yams in the nearest Indian store.

Sireesha said...

Looks relishing and mouthwatering:)

Lisa said...

Thank you for all of your lovely comments on my blog. Very intriguing recipe. I would love to visit your kitchen!

Jaya Wagle said...

Nice and innovative recipe Pari. Never thought of using yams for kababs. Have had it in Indore as deep fried fries though. Yours is much healthier.

Happy cook said...

Wow they are so perfect in shapa and looks so so yumm.

Uma said...

yum!! Tempting Kebabs.

prasu said...

Wow........very nice pic and Kabas are looking inviting................

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Tempting and awesome kabab!!!

Ambika said...

Wow!! is all I can say..Kababs look so appetizing!

Gita said...

Delicious and crispy kababs...I have never tried making this with yam...should try it soon :)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Wow that looks really good, have bookmarked it. will try soon.

Priyanka Navis said...

YUM!!!YUM!!!

Priya said...

Thats an awesome and gorgeous kababs, looks tremendous Pari..

Padma said...

Delicious kababs Pari... never used yam this way... nice recipe...

jeyashrisuresh said...

yummy kababs pari.bookmarked

anupama said...

Dear Pari,
Good Morning!
first time here n enjoyed the stay!i never knew we can do kabas with chena!lovely snaps n they look so wonderful.doing a great job,for sure.
waiting for more, the delicious recipe,wishing you a great day ahead,
sasneham,
anu

Aysha said...

Excellent recipe...looks so yummy

Nandini said...

Great kababs! Looks awesome!

My Little Space said...

This is a simple & nice recipe! Always a mom favourite...ha ha! It's in my cooking list. Thanks.

A said...

Anyone can have these kababs.The is the best way you could serve suran (elephant yam) to kids.Looked those in pics.Noone can guess the ingredients.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Good idea to cook with yam :)

Khaugiri said...

GR8 idea!!!! today I am going to market..... will definitely get yam today

jayasree said...

Tempting kababs. Have made yam koftas. Never thought of kababs though. Next time I harvest chena, I am sure going to try this.

Raje said...

Yummy Kababs Pari and perfect for the event!

Shri said...

Liked the step by step Pari!Here you get Yams but its often confusing..They look similar to sweet potatoes!

aquadaze said...

the thing i hate most about yams is the itch they cause! that said, i actually love yams. Delicious kababs, my mum makes something similar, but she also add some potatoes and chana dal to the mix.

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely presention and loved the recipe too..will surely try this one,,ya wanted to share an award with u, pls do come and collect it from my blog

Katy ~ said...

I just bought yams, stilling sitting on my counter, (much different looking than yours) and was wondering what to do with them. Kababs look beautiful and delicious the way you have presented them. Would surely like to try yours.

Pari said...

Hi Katy. Great. I would not know which yam you bought, but confirm that it's a yam. Even sweet potatoes are confused with yam.
All the best for your trial!

Pari said...

Thanks a ton all of you for appreciating the kababs.

shanthi said...

LOVELY KABABS AND FANTASTIC CLICK

radha said...

I seem to have missed many of your posts! Cooked Yam is supposed to be have the consistency of a non vegetarian dish. The dish looks absolutely delicious.

EC said...

Thats a very nice way for intake of yams..thanks for the entry

meeso said...

What an excellent recipe using yams! They look perfect :)

sangeeta said...

hmm..
lovely kababs ...i make it a bit differently n it's a diwali affair t our place...yam is considered auspicious for diwali in our community.......

Kitchen Flavours said...

Never tasted yam till now....but the way u made kabab....tempts me to indulge right now...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

i will hog them anytime..perfect snack/appeizer

Sanjana said...

Really good recipe here, very different to the ones I made buy they look so delicious! Yummy!

savitha ramesh said...

New to ur space ..love ur recipes ..following u....

Madhavi said...

very nice post!!

veena krishnakumar said...

oooohhhh!!!!!!1i am drooling over it:-)

Apu said...

Lovely!! I remember having these as a kid when my Mum made them!!

desigirl said...

Nice recipe pari ...Thanks for posting keep going buddy..

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