Yam with Malabar Spinach | Kanda Bachali | Andhra Traditional Malabar Spinach Yam Curry Recipe

30 mins Main Course

Yam with Malabar Spinach | Kanda Bachli | Simple Malabar Spinach Yam Curry Recipe | Traditional Andhra Recipe - Yam Malabar Spinach Curry is a traditional Andhra recipe that has no Garlic Onion masala. Even those who want to have a simple meal cannot resist having a tummy full of food when this Curry is on the offer. As there is no Garlic or Onions, often, even these days they specially ask for Yam Malabar Spinach Curry to be served during weddings and other auspicious occasions. Telugus just love this curry.

Yam Malabar Spinach Curry has a strong Mustard seasoning and tastes great with hot Rice. Though the main recipe remains the same, there may be merely some tiny variations the way it is made in different regions.

First look at the tips to get the authentic Telugu Yam Malabar Spinach Curry.

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Yam with Spinach | Kanda Bachli | Simple Spinach Yam Curry Recipe

Tips

Yam:

  1. There are many kinds of Yam and you can use any kind. But ensure the pieces are slightly big so that they are not cooked to a paste and retain their shape.

  2. Yamన should not be cooked too much or it becomes a paste. The pieces should be felt under the teeth so boil them as you would boil Potato pieces.

  3. Mash the boiled Yam into a coarse mixture.

Malabar Spinach Leaves:

  1. Malabar Spinach leaves and stalks can both be used if they are tender. But do not use the stalks if they are too thick.

Some more things:

Seasoning:

  1. The seasoning is very crucial for Yam Malabar Spinach. It has to be more in quantity and crisply friend. So keep all the ingredients at hand and add one by one so that the seasoning turns out to be perfect.

Mustard Seeds:

  1. Yam Malabar Spinach Curry tastes great only with Mustard paste. But if you do not like the flavour, skip it. The Mustard paste does not have to be fried, it can be added at the very end.

Green Chillies:

  1. It is tastier to finely chop the Green Chillies and add to the Curry rather than fried in Oil.

Curry:

  1. Every time you make the Yam Malabar Spinach Curry, let it rest for an hour after cooking so that the Mustard aroma gets properly absorbed by the Curry.

Yam with Malabar Spinach | Kanda Bachali | Andhra Traditional Malabar Spinach Yam Curry Recipe - Recipe Video

Yam with Malabar Spinach | Kanda Bachali | Andhra Traditional Malabar Spinach Yam Curry Recipe

Main Course | vegetarian
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 25 mins
  • Total Time 30 mins
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 250 gms Yam (Peeled and cut into 2" wide pieces)
  • 4 - 5 Medium Malabar Spinach Leaf and Stalks chopped
  • Salt
  • 3 Green Chillies (Slit into thin slices)
  • 1.5 tbsp Tamarind Juice
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 liter Water
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • Mustard Paste
  • 1.5 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 2 Red Chillies
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • For Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Ground Nuts
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Black Gram
  • 1 tbsp Bengal Gram
  • 2 Red Chillies
  • 2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 2 Pinches Asafoetida

Instructions

  1. Take Water in a vessel, add the Yam pieces and Malabar Spinach. Add Turmeric and cook until the Yam is cooked to 90%. Add some salt, cook for another five minutes and remove from the fire.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the Mustard paste and grind them to a smooth paste. Add Oil and set aside.
  3. Strain the boiled Yam and Malabar Spinach and mash it into a coarse mixture. If necessary, add some of the water from the boiled Yam and make it a little dilute.
  4. Add slit Green Chillies, Tamarind paste and Mustard Paste and mix well.
  5. Heat oil for the seasoning, add Ground Nuts, and then add the other ingredients one by one. Fry them crisp and mix in the Vegetables. Leave it aside for an hour so that the aroma and spice of the seasoning and Mustard get absorbed by the Yam and Spinach.

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Yam with Spinach | Kanda Bachli | Simple Spinach Yam Curry Recipe