First a big thanks to all of you for showing so much love for yesterday’s round up post. I am so glad that you liked it, and your appreciation means a lot to me.
Now, let’s move on today’s post. It is alphabet “Y”.
Honestly, it was little hard to found many food options or healthy ingredients that starts with “Y”.
There were only few things that came in my mind. First yogurt, but somehow, I did not find it that appealing and later on, I had switched my mind to “Yam”.
Yam is a rare kind of root vegetable and it is not a part of our routine diet. So, in this post I am sharing some interesting facts about yam, and also sharing an easy and tasty recipe with this. Read on the post to know more!
What is Yam?
As per Wikipedia, yam is the common name for some plant species in the genus dioscorea family that form edible tubers. They come in various variety and forms. In some places, other root vegetables also referred as a yam.
For example, in USA orange flash sweet potatoes refer as a “Yam”. and so many people considered sweet potato as a kind of “Yam”.
Difference between yam and sweet potatoes
Though both are tuberous root vegetables comes from a flowering plant but they had various difference in their taste, appearance and texture.
- Yam has a hard, hairy, tree bark like appearance and cylindrical in shape, while sweet potatoes have different varieties like white, purple and orange, and they have soft skin compare to yam.
- Yam are native to America, while yam belongs to Africa and Asia.
- There is a big difference in taste also, sweet potatoes taste, while yam is starchy in taste.
- Yam has a dry and hard consistency inside, while sweet potatoes have a soft texture.
My connection with Yam
I belong to Madhya Pradesh state of India. MP is considered as a paradise for foodies. There are so many tasty and amazing local food options that you will just love it.
Yam, “Garadu” in local language, is one of the most popular street foods in Madhya Pradesh. Specially “Indori Garadu” is one of the well-known local delicacy. during winter, people enjoyed this with hot jalebi.
“Garadu and Jalebi” platter is one of the most popular dishes during winters. And you can find this platter, in every household.
While writing this post, I am feeling so nostalgic because I have plenty of amazing childhood memories of enjoying this tasty dish with my friends and family.
Sadly, you cannot find yam or garadu in other states of India.
After marriage, I moved to Gujrat (and Goa, Maharashtra and so many other places), and I had always missed this tasty dish during winter.
And now, when I am in USA since last 5 years, I always recalled those amazing days of enjoying this tasty “Garadu platter”, especially during winter.
Well, let’s move on today’s recipe.
In this post, I am sharing that famous “Indori fried garadu recipe”. Hoping you liked it.
Spicy fried yam
- Yam or garadu (500 gram)
- Oil for frying
- Special garadu masala. For making this, you will need.
- Red chili powder 2 teaspoons
- Asaphoetida or hing pinch
- Roasted cumin powder 2 teaspoons
- Black salt powder ½ teaspoon ( kala namak)
- Rock salt powder ½ teaspoon ( sendha namak)
- Normal salt as per taste
- Lemon juice 2 teaspoon or as per your taste
- As a first step, you need to peel off the skin of yam. This step is little tricky. As yam has a hairy and hard texture, so it takes time and little practice to peel it properly. Some people might get itching and other allergic reactions while doing this. To be on safe side, apply little oil on hand before peeling it.
- After peeling, cut the yam into medium sized pieces.
- Now, heat water in vessel and para boil yam pieces for 10-15 minutes. You may skip this step and can fry yam pieces directly in oil. (When you fry it directly, it takes more time and you have to fry this on medium flame till they turn soft and tender)
- After para boiling, fry yam pieces, fry this on medium flame and take out when they cooked properly. Keep the consistency slightly crunchy.
- Sprinkle the prepare garadu masala and lemon juice.
- Mixed everything well.
- Your tasty and yummy garadu chat or spicy fried yam is ready to enjoy.
I know, this recipe is a local and a part of regional cuisine and it might be a possibility that it is completely new to you.
But I will highly recommended you to try this at least once.
If you get a chance to visit Madhya Pradesh for any reason during winter, must try it. I am sure you will love it.
So, this is all for now.
Hope you liked this recipe.
Tomorrow is last day. Stay tuned for last post.
Ps- Sorry for today’s image. it is not that authentic( as this is a rare dish and I also could not make this here, so shared a pic that is closely resemble to original dish)
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