Kerala Style Chena Mezhukkupuratti | Elephant Yam Stir Fry


Kerala Style Chena Mezhukkupuratti is a very popular vegetarian side dish in Kerala Cuisine. This is a rich and healthy side dish prepared with Elephant Yam. I’m sure you will all like and appreciate the dish. Yam/ Chena fry is also known as chena Upperi, Chena Poriyal, Chena Roast etc. and is a great combination with cooked rice. This is one of the easiest dishes in Kerala Cuisine requiring minimum ingredients. Kerala Style Chena Mezhukkupuratti is also an Onam specialty dish. They’re versatile and a great vegetable to include in your diet, in both savory and sweet combinations. What makes the Elephant Yam Stir Fry unique and special is the aroma of coconut milk. Yam pieces are cooked in creamy coconut milk until cooked and done. Sauteing the cooked yam pieces with simple Indian spices grants the rich texture and flavor to the dish. Make sure that the yam pieces are not over cooked and mushy.

Yam is a type of root vegetable rich in pottasium and essential nutrients. They’re also a great source of fiber, manganese, copper, and antioxidants. Yams provide various health benefits and is known to boost health of brain, improves blood sugar levels and reduces inflammation. Yam is also scientifically stated to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Yam is widely cultivated and is very popular in Kerala. You can discover a Yam plant in the backyard of almost all houses in Kerala. Make it a point to cook yam dishes at least once a week. Elephant Yam Stir Fry has a close resemblance in appeal to potato stir fry and you can find the dish a favorite with kids. You can explore a well detailed Elephant Yam Stir Fry recipe here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the easy and healthy stir fry with your family.

Kerala Style Chena Mezhukkupuratti Recipe-Elephant Yam Stir Fry

Kerala Style Chena Mezhukkupuratti | Elephant Yam Stir Fry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • For preparing the tasty dish, first cut the yam into very small pieces and wash well.
  • Pour coconut milk, salt and cook till the entire milk is absorbed and yam pieces are cooked well.
  • If yam is not properly cooked, add little water and cook again. Do not overcook the yam.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add chopped shallots and saute until light brown in colour. Yam should be crispy and should not stick to one another.
  • Then add curry leaves and saute for few seconds.
  • Add all powders and saute for 2-3 minutes in low flame. Make sure that powders do not get burnt.
  • Add cooked yam and combine well. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove it from the flame.
  • The tasty nutritious dish is ready now. Serve dish hot with rice for noon day meals. Enjoy the vegetarian dish with your family. Boost up nutrition.


You can check this link for a vegetarian side dish that goes well with rice Chembu Moru Curry. You can also visit this link for an awesome dish Vanpayar Vazhaipoo Thoran.
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