Chena or Elephant Foot Yam is one of the oldest plants known to provide food. It is widely consumed usually boiled or baked.
Yam is used in Ayurveda for numerous illnesses ranging from minor ailments such as cough to improving the quality of sperm and for liver and spleen disorders.
It is used as a treatment for piles and it helps to reduce cholesterol levels in blood. Irregular bowel movements as well as constipation can be cured by eating it.
It is high on vitamin B6 and Powerful antioxidant Vitamin C is present in it which delays aging. Vitamin A and Potassium, Phosphorous & Magnesium are the key minerals found in elephant yam.
It can also be consumed by people looking for weight reduction as it is low on fat content.
Given below is the peparation method of one of the common dishes made out of this tuber - Chena Mezhukkuparatti
Its very easy to prepare and takes hardly 15 min to cook...
Onion - Big, 1 no. or medium - 2 nos. OR Shallots - 10 nos.
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 4-6 leaves
Salt to taste
Chop the onion/shallots into small pieces and keep aside. Shallots are prefered since they are tastier than onions.
Take a frying pan and pour 2 teaspoon oil into it. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onions into it. Add little salt and stir till the chopped onions start to turn light brown. Add 2 teaspoons of chilly flakes into it and stir well.
Add the chopped yam into the pan, Sprinkle some water, mix well and close the pan with the lid.
After around 10 min, open the lid and check whether the yam is cooked.
If cooked, add curry leaves, stir well and leave it for few minutes in the frying pan for it to get little fried.
Chena Mezhukkuparatti is ready. Serves as a side dish for 3-4 people.