Kanda Vepudu (Elephant Yam Fry or Senaikizhangu Fry)

Kanda Vepudu or Yam Fry or Senaikizhangu Fry
Kanda Vepudu or Yam Fry

Kanda Gadda (Elephant Yam in English, Senaikizhangu in Tamil, Suran in Hindi) is a particular favourite in our home. While we cook it most often as Kanda Koora or Kanda Bachali Koora, my personal favourite is Kanda Vepudu or Crisp Yam Fry.


  1. Kanda Gadda, Suran, or Elephant Yam – 250 gms
  2. Chilli Powder – 3/4 tsp
  3. Oil – 2 tbsp
  4. Salt to Taste


  1. Peel the yam.
  2. Chop the yam into 1/4″ pieces.
  3. In a wok or kadhai, heat the oil.
  4. Add the yam pieces.
  5. Fry for about 15 minutes till the pieces are crisp, brown at the edges, and well-cooked.
  6. Turn off the heat.
  7. Add the salt and chilli powder.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Serve hot with rice and sesame oil or sambar rice.



  1. This sounds delicious Aruna! I’ve never eaten a yam, but my mother speaks fondly of them… I think she ate a dish similar to this in her youth! 🙂 I’ll have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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