Karunai kizhangu thayir masiyal

Siddha medicine says that of all vegetables growing below the soil , sweet potato ( sarkarai valli kizhangu ) and yams ( karunai kizhangu ) are the best.
Yam is supposed to be very good for people with piles. Some people get an itchy sensation in their throat and tongue after eating yam. This can be avoided by using days old yams instead of fresh ones or by using a sour ingredient in the recipe such as curd or tamarind extract. Now the recipe for  Karunai kizhangu thayir masiyal.

Karunai kizhangu thayir masiyal


3 medium no yams

10 no small onions finely chopped

1 green chilly finely chopped

1/2 inch Ginger finely chopped

A handful of fresh field beans (mochai payiru)

1 cup curd

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp mustard

1/2 tsp urad dhal

Few sprigs curry leaves

1 tbsp oil

Salt as required


  1. Pressure cook the yams and field beans for 3 whistles.
  2. Mash the yams and add turmeric and salt to it. Add curd to the mashed yams and mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard, urad dhal and curry leaves. Add the chopped onions and green chilly and sauté.
  4. Now add the mashed yam mix to the pan and allow it to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Yam masiyal is ready. This can be had with white rice as such or can be served with rasam rice.

December 31, 2010. Tags: , . Curry/Gravy, Sidedish, Sprouts/Legumes.


  1. Priya sreeram replied:

    this is a good recipe !

  2. sayantani replied:

    happy Sankranti Hema.

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