Yam upkari (Soorna Upkari)

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How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 5-6

Yam/Suran/Suvarnagadde. It is almost a mandatory ingredient in 2 among the classic konkani dishes – Chana gashi and Moong Gashi which I put up a few years ago! But then Suran is also a just ideal for a simple upkari which is what I am putting up today. My younger son is capable of having this for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped yam – 4 cups

2. Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

3. Blackgram dal – 1 teaspoon

4. Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

5. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

6. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

7. Green chili – 5-6

8. Fresh grated coconut – 1 tablespoon

9. Salt – as per taste

10. cooking oil – 1 tablespoon

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                         Ingredients of soorna upkari

What you do with what you have:

1. Peal, and chop yam fine and finally wash it in running tap water so that it is crystal clean. If using frozen then it is fine. Slit green chili, grate coconut and keep it aside as shown in image-1 with other ingredients too.

2. Place a wide skillet with 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on low flame. On heating add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering add blackgram dal, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder, turmeric powder and finally add slit green chili.

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Seasoning in progress

3. When done add chopped yam from step 1 to it. Also add required quantity of salt and also grated coconut and close it with a lid with a glass of water in the lid. As and when the water is heated up just change the water till the dish is cooked.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                            Yam upkari is being cooked

4. When done transfer it to a serving bowl and there you have your yummy suran/yam curry. Rice and Dal is a great combination with this.

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Ready to serve soorna upkari

Good to remember:

1. Cooking time for this dish depends upon the variety of the veggie. Tiny chopping helps it cook faster.

2. Placing water helps prevent condensation of the moisture and thus preventing the dish turning soggy. 

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5 thoughts on “Yam upkari (Soorna Upkari)

    Hema Chowdhery said:
    February 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Please tell me if the Yam needs to be boiled before use to get rid of itchiness.
    I tried the other yam recipe using peanuts..it was very very good…but I had boiled the yam..please clarify..

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Hema chowdhery,

      Actually you need not boil the veggie. Even if it itches while pealing it will be fine on cooking.If using frozen since the pieces will be very big and hence cut it into tiny pieces not only for flavour but for it to gain a decent look for the dish.

    Hari Chandana said:
    February 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Simple and delicious recipe.. Lovely pictures 🙂

    Hema Chowdhery said:
    February 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks a lot for your reply. I was always getting overcooked Yam because of boiling it first and then cooking.

    I would try it without boiling it this time.

    Hope to get this too right as the other Yam recipe.

    Priya said:
    February 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Delicious upkari,quite inviting and new for me.

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