Sanaikizhangu/Yam or Suran is a root vegetable that has this earthy taste. Mostly the frozen kind of it is found in the U.S and so I always like to eat a lot of it when I go back home. Sanaikizhangu is used to prepare curry/poriyal, masiyal, chips or in kozhambu. In whatever form they come they are very tasty. I happened to have a packet of frozen suran and decided to make masiyal for dinner. Masiyal is a mushed version of the cooked vegetable with some lime juice to make it a tangy and green chillies to add spice.
Suran - 2 cups cubes (fresh or frozen)
Lemon/Lime juice - 1/2 of the lime/lemon
Green Chilli - 1
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Udad dhal- 1 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup
Ginger - 1 inch grated
Oil - 1 tbsp
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - a few
1. In a saucepan add the sanaikazhangu, water, salt, coconut and ginger and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Using a smasher mush the veggie.
3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil add asafoetida, mustard seeds(wait for it to pop), udad dhal, green chillies and curry leaves. When the udad dhal turns golden brown add it to the masiyal and squeeze the lime/lemon juice and mix well.
4.Serve it hot with rice, sambar or rasam.