Masiyal in Tamil means mashed. Pidi karunai masiyal is a traditional tamil brahmin recipe. This masiyal is made from a variety of yam which is fist shaped. The regular elephant foot yam is senai kizhangu (In chennai, people call senai kizhangu as karunai kizhangu). So check for the fist shaped karunai kizhangu, we call it as 'pidi karunai / pidi karanai' as it is fist sized. I do not know the english name for this.This cures piles and good for constipation problems. This is mixed with hot rice and ghee and a great side dish for dosa, idli, poori and chappathi.
Also, use this yam after atleast 10 days of buying it, to ensure the kizhangu is well dried.
Karunai kizhangu / Pidi karanai - 4 (fist sized)
Tamarind - amla sized ball
Toor dal - 3 tablespoons
Sambar powder - 1 tsp.
Oil - 4 tsp.(preferably gingelly oil)
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Bengal gram - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Red chillies - 2
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - 1" piece
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste
Wash yam well. Soak tamarind in water and extract juice. Discard the pulp. Finely chop green chillies and grate ginger.
Take yam and toor dhal in separate containers. Add turmeric powder to toor dhal alongwith required water. Pressure cook for 3 or 4 whistles or until soft.
When pressure subsides, remove the skin of yam, mash well and keep it aside. Alternatively, you can peel the skin, cut into chunks and pressure cook until soft. Mash toor dhal well and keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, urad dhal, bengal gram, red chillies, asafoetida, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Saute a while. Add tamarind extract, little turmeric powder, sambar powder and allow it to boil until the raw smell diffuses. Now add mashed yam and dhal, required salt and mix well. Add water if necessary. Allow it to boil for few more minutes and when thick, switch off the flame. Serve with hot rice and a dollop of ghee.
Ensure the kizhangu is well dried for atleast 10 days before using it.
Cook karunaikizhangu well, else it will be itchy.
Lemon juice can be substituted for tamarind.