Monday, September 30, 2013

Yam Hot, Sweet and Sticky Style

Yam Hot, Sweet and Sticky Style

Food Blogging Marathon from 2/9/2013 to 30/9/2013. 

Each day a new alphabet. 4 categories. 

Regional Food, 

Baked Dishes, 

International Flavors / Fusion flavors, 

Street Food / Condiments / Misc / Recipe less Posts on Food

I was thinking of something with Yam for alphabet Y and I did not want to make the regular yam curry or Yam Bhaaji which we make to eat with chapatis or rice. I happen to see a cookery show which was showing some  street food recipes from Malaysia and Indonesia. There was this pork recipe which had interesting flavours and looked good. It was some sort of sour/sticky/hot and sweet reicpe. I don't like vinegar so I substituted that with tamarind. 

Here is my 7th recipe for International / fusion category. This was to be a baked recipe but somehow I ended with this as an extra in this category and one less in baked category. 


250 gms Yam cut into pieces as shown
3 - 4  tamarind pieces
1 big onion
2 tblsp chopped garlic
2 tblsp chopped ginger
2 tblsp chopped green chillies
4 tblsp brown sugar or jaggery ( I used jaggery)
salt to taste
4 tblsp oil


Boil the yam pieces with tamarind and salt till they are cooked but not very soft. 

Drain well and let cool. remove all the tamarind pieces.

Heat oil and add chopped onion, garlic, ginger and chillies, stir till raw smell of garlic goes and it becomes golden brown.

Add the yam pieces and mix gently but well. 

Once all the jaggery is dissolved and the pieces are well coated serve hot garnished with a few pieces of coriander leaves.

Serve this as a snack. 

Note: It is very important to cook Yam with the tamarind. Some times yam gives irritation or itchy feeling to the throat. Tamarind helps in removing this irritation. It also gives the sour taste to the yam and helps in retaining the shape and does not get over cooked. 

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  1. Fantastic snack, love that hot,sweet mix..

  2. delicious one!!! sweet and hot... that is finger licking good!!


  3. Though I don't eat yam, the recipe sounds interesting...

  4. Very interesting dish with Yam. Sounds yumm!!

  5. I see a lot with Yam today...nice one..the dish looks interesting.

  6. Most of all prepare yam based recipe, nice to get lots of variation with yam ,

  7. Sweet and spicy version of yam looks yummy !

  8. I love yam Sandhya :) And this sounds delish! Great that you adapted the recipe to suit yam!

  9. sweet and sour yam must be so delicious with jaggery and tamarind

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  11. Jaggery and tamarind with yam sound really different! Nice..

  12. yum yum yum yam. Love itHad a great time with you here at the marathon. Thanks for making it so memorable.