senaikizhangu (elephant yam)- chopped into cubes ,1 cup
onions- 2 chopped finely
ginger- 1" piece
garlic- 3-4 cloves
khuskhus- 3/4 tsp
coriander seeds- 2 tsp
cumin seeds-1 tsp
coconut(grated)- 3 tsp
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
chilli powder- 1 tsp or acc to taste
garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
salt to taste
corainder and mint leaves- a few chopped finely
Wash, peel the yam and chop it into cubes. (Elephant yam is not available in our area and so I buy it frozen, in which the vegetable has been already chopped into cubes). Grind all the above ingredients to a very fine paste by adding water.
Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped onions( Using chopped sambar onions or shallots gives more taste). Fry for some time till the onions become transparent and add the ground masala and the vegetable. Saute for a minute and add 1 - 1 1/2 cups of water. simmer the flame and partly cover the pan with a lid. cook till the vegetable is cooked and the gravy becomes thick and oil comes on top . Garnish with very finely chopped coriander and mint leaves. Serve hot with rice.
You can cook this using chicken , mutton or soya chunks(meal maker) too.