According to Ayurveda Ratalu or Pink Yam has many health benefits, although it is a starchy vegetable but being a good source of complex carbohydrate Ratalu falls in a low GI healthy food group, means it regulates steady rise in blood sugar level. Yam is good for curing respiratory problems, skin diseases, digestion related ailments and cancer.
This lip-smacking and mouth-watering snack is prepared with a few basic herbs and spices. In this recipe, steamed yam cooked in an aromatic tempering with cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chillies, garnished with fresh coriander and definitely addition of roasted peanuts are a highlight and takes it on to another level.
Ratalu has a brown coloured thick skin and the pink flesh which is rather starchy and sticky.
It is advised that you apply a little oil on your palms or simple wear catering gloves before you start to peel the skin of the Ratalu as you might get itchy hands afterwards.
After peeling the skin off, submerge the cut pieces in cold water to prevent it turning into darker colour.
If not preparing for fasting, use normal spices such as red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala.
- 250 g ratalu - pink yam
- 2-3 tbsp. oil or ghee
- 2 tbsp. crushed green chillies and ginger
- 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp. cumin seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- Salt to taste (use rock salt for fasting)
- 2 tbsp. raw cane sugar
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 3-4 tbsp. roasted peanuts powder
- Fresh coriander chopped to garnish
- Peel and cut pink yam into cube size, keep it in cold water until you finish cutting the whole yam.
- Discard the water and add fresh water.
- Cook yam in microwave for 7-8 minutes, or boil on a stove without lid or steam in a steamer but make sure the pieces of yam should not get too soft or mushy.
- Once done, let it cool slightly.
- Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds once it crackles add curry leaves.
- Add chillies and ginger and stir-fry for few a few seconds.
- Then add steamed yam, pepper, salt, sugar and peanuts, mix well.
- Let the yam cook for a couple of minutes, keep stirring gently.
- Turn off the heat, add lemon juice and stir once more.
- Sprinkle fresh chopped coriander and serve hot with chilled yoghurt and Farali Masala Puri.
Tip: Always apply a little oil on your palms or simple wear catering gloves before you start to peel the skin of the Ratalu as you might get itchy hands afterwards.