Monday, 16 July 2012

"Soorna Kacchar" or Grilled Elephant Yam or Elephant Yam fritters

A quick and simple snack for a rainy evening are these "Elephant Yam Fritters".
These fritters are also served as a side dish in Konkani meals.
Once marinated and kept, they can be grilled, shallow fried or deep fried as desired and am sure you will love them when served hot with mint chutney.
The fiber content in elephant yam is naturally high and therefore, it is usually considered a slimming food, as it promotes weight loss and reduces the levels of cholesterol in the body. If elephant yam is cooked in the right way, it can be eaten without any fear of weight gain.
It has a cooling effect on the body, which is why it is good for people who suffer from hypertension.
Elephant yams are very high in omega 3 fatty acids; they help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body and increase the good cholesterol instead.

Serves 2
Elephant Yam pieces - 200 gms

Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp (Optional)
Chaat masala - 1 tsp ( Optional)
Salt - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Rice flour or Corn flour - 2 tbsp

Cut the elephant yam into equal cubes as shown.

Make a paste of Red chilly powder, Garam masala, Chaat masala, Salt and lemon juice.
Marinate the yam pieces in the masala by applying the paste evenly to all the pieces.
Allow to rest for atleast 20 minutes.
Grill or Shallow fry or Deep fry as desired, till the yam pieces are golden and well cooked.
Serve hot with Mint Chutney.

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