Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dr. Mantena's Special - Kandagadda Fry

It's been a while that I haven't uploaded this blog. I know some of you must be missing my updates. Anyway, here I am with yet another healthy and nutritious recipe as Dr. Mantena's Special - Kanda-gadda Fry. Kanda-gadda is known as an Elephant Foot Yam in English and it has great remedial effects on health. It is used in many traditional medicine systems and in Ayurveda it is used for numerous illness ranging from minor ailments cough, cold etc to improving the quality of sperm and for liver and spleen disorders. As a vegetable it is used to treat piles and haemorrhages. Especially, for women suffering from irregular periods or absence of periods, cramps and aches during menses consuming elephant yam does great deal of good for them as it creates balance in the hormonal system by increasing the oestrogen levels. Women suffering from menstrual issues are recommended to eat elephant yam regularly 7 days before their monthly cycle. This is going to do world of good for them.

Coming to our recipe now the kanda-gadda or Yam fry, it is simple and easy to make without consuming much time. Without making any further delay let's see what ingredients we need to make it.


1. Elephant Yam (Kanda-gadda)                -        1/2 Kg
2. Lemon                                              -        1 big size
3. Coriander Leaves                                -        1 bunch
4. Mint Leaves                                       -        1 bunch
5. Green Chillies                                     -        4-5

Preparation time:

30 - 35 minutes


Before you know the preparation method, I would like to inform few things about elephant yam. Once you cut the yam with a knife you will understand whether it is tender or mature. If it is hard and mature, you boil them after making the slices for about 10 minutes and then follow the procedure below from point 2. If it is tender you can follow the under mentioned procedure without boiling. Mature yam needs little boiling because it itches the throat and tongue while eating if not cooked properly.

1. Take an elephant yam and cut as per your requirement as I took 1/2 kg for my recipe. Remove the skin of the yam with a scraper, rinse well in water and slice them into pieces as shown in the picture below.


2. Now rinse the coriander and mint leaves well in water, chop and grind into paste along with green chillies.

3. Then marinate the chopped yam with this green paste, squeeze a lemon over it and let it marinate for 10-20 minutes.

4. Switch on the stove, put a non-stick pan over it and apply little milk cream with a spoon as shown in the picture below.

5. Now take the slices of yam and fry on a pan for about 10 minutes with a lid covering the pan.


6. Once the yam turns golden brown, turn the slices upside down and let them cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. You should be little patient here as under cooked yam sometimes itches the throat while eating.

Here comes the healthy and nutritious "Kandagadda Fry" cooked in a healthy way without adding any harmful ingredients such as oil, ghee, salt, sugar, masala, tamarind and other spices. So enjoy your meals with these delicious fries.

Hope you like it. Keep watching the space for more updates.


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