Karunai Kilangu/Yam Kulambu
Prep Time : 15 mins
Recipe Category: Kulambu
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Yam/karunai kilangu -1/4 kg or 5 small ones
Pearl Onion -15-20
Garlic – 15-20
Tomato – 1 chopped
Sambar Powder – 2 tbsp
Coriander Powder – 1 1/2 tsp (optional)
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Sea salt – 1 tbsp flat or as needed
Tamarind – small gooseberry sized ball (around 20 grams)
For the Seasoning
Sesame Seed Oil – 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds/Kadugu – 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam – 1/2 tsp
Hing – a pinch
Red Chilli – 1
Curry leaves – a sprig
Sesame seed oil – 1-2 tsp
Wash and pressure cook yam for 2 whistles until soft but not mushy. Peel the skin and cut it into 3-4 pieces.
Soak tamarind in a cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Extract tamarind water, add more water and extract more tamarind water. Discard the pulp. We need approximately 2 – 2 1/4 cup of tamarind extract.
Peel pearl onions and garlic. If the pearl onions are big, cut it into 2 pieces.
Heat oil in a kadai/pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, hing, red chilli and curry leaves.
Add pearl onions and garlic and saute until it turns transparent.
Add tomato and saute for a few more minutes.
Add sambar powder, coriander powder and salt needed.
Saute for a few seconds.
Add tamarind water and let it boil on medium heat.
After 5 minutes, add the cooked yam and let it boil until it becomes a little thick and oil separates.
Drizzle a 1-2 tsp of sesame seed oil and turn off the heat.
Enjoy delicious yam puli kulambu with rice or even with dosa.
Note – Use Sesame seed oil for best results.
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Is yam…same as sweet potato?
No, they are not the same.
sister,yummy mouthwatering recipe. tempting to try.
as we add tamarind as well, could you please give finely chopped tomato in cup measures? If possible please give cup measure for onion and garlic also.please clarify my doubt as i am new to cooking. thank you in advance
Looks delicious, thank u very much for sharing
Joshua Daniel Raj
Thank you it was delicious.