Yams in Tangy Sauce

Yams in Tangy Sauce

Yams are supposed to be very healthy. If someone is diabetic, yams have a low glycemic value; not the sweet potatoes or others in the same family. But if you use sweet potatoes, this dish will taste just as great. I use this item with Rice or Dosa’s or Idli’s, like a vegetarian gravy or a side dish. You can use it as a gravy with anything you like.

Yams in Tamarind Sauce

Hover over the highlighted Keywords below for Images and/or Description of some of the Ingredients: 
Asafoetida, Cayenne, Channa Dahl, Cilantro, Curry Leaves, Mustard Seeds, Red Chillies, ~Rice, ~Tamarind, Turmeric

Yams in Tamarind Sauce

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Indian Gravy, Side Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region Indian


  • 4 - 6 Yams (Washed and cut into 1 or 2 inch cubes (See pictures))
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 - 4 Red Chillies
  • 2 teaspoons Channa Dahl
  • 2 tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 4 - 6 cups Water
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1/8 cup Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Flour (Or any flour that can thicken a stew or soup)


  • 1 teaspoon Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 6 - 8 leaves Curry Leaves


Step 1
Have tamarind paste ready.
Step 2
On medium heat, in a medium to large sauce pan, add oil. Pan can be stainless steel or a nonstick one. When oil is heated, add mustards seeds, channa dahl and red chillies. Stir fry.
Step 3
When mustard seeds start crackling rapidly, add the yams. Mix.
Step 4
Add 4 cups of water, turmeric, cayenne pepper, hing, curry leaves and salt. Water should be about an inch higher than the contents. Cook partially covered for 5 minutes. Uncover.
Step 5
Add tamarind and chopped cilantro. With a spoon, add rice flour to a bowl with half of cup of cold water and mix well. Add this to the mixture in the pan.
Step 6
Cook for 2 minutes in medium to high heat.
Step 7
Check with a toothpick to see if yam is cooked but firm. Do not overcook.
Yams in Tamarind Sauce
Step 8
If necessary, add more salt or cayenne as you wish.
Step 9
Serve hot on a bed of hot basmati or any long grain rice.
Step 10
You can use this as a gravy for any suitable main dish.
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