Kongunadu Style Senai Kilangu Masala Recipe – Yam in Spicy Gravy

Kongunadu Style Senai Kilangu Masala Recipe (Yam in Spicy Gravy) is a recipe that is from Tamil Nadu. Kongunadu is a part of Tamil Nadu cuisine which is famous for its spicy flavor. In this recipe we have used different spice mixtures that are roasted well and ground into a spicy paste and cooked along with yam.  Elephant yam (Suran/Senai/Ratalu), Turmeric powder (Haldi), Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), Curry leaves, Salt, Oil, Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini), Garlic, Ginger, Poppy seeds, Coconut Oil, Dry Red Chillies, Curry leaves   300 grams Elephant yam (Suran/Senai/Ratalu) , sking peeled and sliced thin 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 sprig Curry leaves Salt , to taste Oil , for cooking For the Spice Mixture 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini) 4 cloves Garlic 1 inch Ginger , chopped 2 tablespoon Poppy seeds 2 tablespoon Coconut Oil 2 Dry Red Chillies 1 sprig Curry leaves     10   30     To begin making the Kongunadu Style Senai Kilangu Masala Recipe, we will first pressure cook the yam with water, turmeric powder, salt for about 2 whistle.Release the pressure naturally, and drain the excess water and keep the cooked yam aside.Heat a flat skillet with oil, add curry leaves and allow it splutter for few seconds, add cinnamon stick, cloves and let it saute for few seconds.Add dry red chillies, garlic, and ginger and saute until it softens. Later add poppy seeds and grated coconut and saute until they turn light brown.Switch off the heat and allow it to cool down. Transfer it to a mixing jar and add little water and grind it into a smooth paste.Heat the same pan again with oil, add mustard seeds and curry leaves and allow it splutter and crackle for few seconds.Add your ground paste and give it a stir. Finally add cooked yam and mix the masalas well. Cook until the masala has reduced and you get a dry mixture.Check for salt and adjust the seasoning according to your palate and serve hot.Serve the Kongunadu Style Senai Kilangu Masala Recipe along with Tawa Paratha, Palak Dal and Steamed rice to enjoy your everyday lunch.