My last post was Chicken fry which goes well with almost all curries like dal, rasam and curd. This is also one such vegetarian preparation which goes well with dal, rasam and curd. Easy to make tasty spicy yam fry perfect for vegetarians. This goes well with pulao and biryanis too as a side dish.

When i posted the chicken fry recipe i have planned to post some similar recipe for vegetarians which goes well with almost all curries. So I  have decided to post my moms yam fry recipe which is spicy and tasty which we have relished in our childhood.

Yam Fry

Yam/ Senai Kizhangu/ Chena- 1/2 kg
Chilli powder- 2 tablespoons
Fennel seed powder/ Perunjeeraga Podi- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons
Salt- to taste


  • Peel the yam and cut it into 1/2 inch thick big slices. Then cut each pieces into two to three medium sized pieces.
  • In a pan keep the yam and add enough water to submerge and close with a lid and cook the yam. Once it is half cooked add some salt and cook further till it  get cooked 75% cooked.(If you prick with a spoon or fork it should penetrate easily)
  • Drain the water and allow to cool.
  • In a broad plate take the red chilli powder, fennel seed powder and salt. Mix well with some water to make a thick paste.
  • Apply this marinade over the cooked yam and rest till the oil is hot.
  • Heat oil in a flat tawa or pan and shallow fry or deep fry on both sides till crispy.
  • Note: You could add a teaspoon of Ginger garlic paste in the marinade if you wish.
Senai Fry

Chena Fry Recipe