Yam Leaves Curry - Grandma's Recipe For Success!!!

Oxford News A severe tornado passed by my little town (Oxford, Mississippi). Since yesterday night...the weather has been pretty wild. Storm with 80 km speed, lightning, thunder and rain!

Today, as I heard the siren warning in the noon, I rushed to the basement (hurricane shelter) in my house. I stayed there trapped for more than 2-4 hours! First time, went nuts without power supply. Absolutely no way to connect with world, no phone, no net, can't open the garage, food and cooking is out of question...good that everything was back to normal by evening.

Later this evening...it was very depressing to discover that severe property damage in our neighborhood! Just about 500 feet away from my home (subdivision); the trees uprooted, electric posts toppled, pavements broke, lakes are overflowing and some houses are knocked down. Good that so far there is no life loss, just few accidents have been reported here and there. Though everything turned back to normal, it gave us a fright. This is the time, we value life.

Tornado Video

Tornado Damage Pictures

Keerai Kuzhambu:


Yam leaves 1 bunch
Thuvar dal cooked 4 cups
Tamarind milk 1 cup
Green chilies 3 slices
Onion 1 chopped
Garlic 7-9 cloves crushed
Tomato 1 diced
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon

Tempering Spices:

Thallippu Vadagam
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Fenugreek seeds 4
Peppercorns 2
Dry red chilies 3
Urid dal 1 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Sesame oil few spoons.


Saute the greens briefly and wet-grind the same, set aside.

In a wide wok, heat oil. Add chilies, garlic, onions and tomatoes. Fry real good, then followed by cooked lentils. Cover and cook for few minutes.

Then, add the greens puree to it. Further add salt, turmeric, chili powder and tamarind milk. Cook without lid, until oil separates.

In a separate pan, heat oil and temper the spices. Now run this seasoning over the gravy prepared.

Serve warm to go with steamed rice.


Uma said...

Good to know that you are safe from the tornado. Take care.

The dish looks so delicious.

Raji said...

So sad Malar to hear abt the tornado..but glad that you are safe. The curry looks good.

SouthindianHome said...

Healthy and delicious recipe, Malar
South Indian Home

sangee vijay said...

This is new n very Gud idea...adding ground keerai...should try this tomorrow with spinach(in hand)...looks creamy n rich...romba tastya erukkum pola..rt???

Priya said...

Thanks god,u guys are safe..btw the kuzhambu looks simply inviting..

Hari Chandana said...

Nice and healthy recipe.. looks awesome !!
Indian Cuisine

Biny Anoop said...

wow that looks superb ...wonder where wud i get these leaves....will surely ask in supermarket....quick recipes

Jay said...

authentic n delicious..nice presentation Malar..thanks for sharing..:)
Tasty Appetite

Nandini said...

Hope you're ok there...It must've been a very terrifying incident. The curry looks very tempting and healthy...

Malar Gandhi said...

Uma, Raji and Priya,

I am safe, but never realized the severity until evening!

Next to my subdivision its all woods and thick forest...many trees were uprooted, was a very depressing scene. Fortunately only property damage for many - hope, insurance will cover for them.


You can find them in Korean or Chinese or International market. Its very bitter-tasting greens, so used them in Grandma's style of preparation...to get rid of that 'bitterness'!!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Thank you girls:)

Malar Gandhi said...


I am fine man. But it was terrifying.


Take care Malar....

Malar Gandhi said...

Thank you Geetha, am safe that's comforting.

Nitha said...

Interesting one... Grandmas recipes wil never go wrong.. I know :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I am amazed and surprised by different leaves/seeds/grains/flours/beans that blog world uses that I never even heard of. Amazing recipe, looks mouth watering :)

Swathi said...

Glad to hear that you are safe. This yam leaves curry looks delicious.

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks Swathi.

Malar Gandhi said...


thats very true...me too learned so much coz' of food blogging. It gives an idea to use alien stuff with home-touch:)

Nisha said...

Glad to know you are safe.

This recipe looks good.

Sobha Shyam said...

Happy you are safe..an interesting recipe :)

Vidhya said...

Glad to know that your are fine and everything is back to normal.Curry look delicious.

Malar Gandhi said...

Dear Nisha, Shoba and Vidhya

Thank you so much buddies.