Yam fry recipe | Suran stir fry | kandagadda vepudu

Updated: August 3, 2022, By Swasthi

Yam fry recipe – This simple yam stir fry is known as Kandagadda Vepudu in telugu, senai kizhangu varuval in tamil and suran fry in hindi. It is an easy side dish that is prepared in Andhra cuisine , much the same way as it is cooked in the other south Indian cuisines.

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This is one of the kids’ friendly recipes that is loved very much at home. Today I am also going to share few tips on how to clean,cut and prepare yam and how to prevent itching on the palms while chopping.

Not all varieties of yam give an itch, but the elephant yam usually does cause itching and sometimes rashes too on the palms while cleaning. Removing the skin and chopping it is a real labor since it is too hard. So there is an easy way to deal with the itch as well with the difficulty in chopping.

Soak whole yam in water for around 15 mins then wash and brush the skin to remove mud. Pressure cook the yam without peeling the skin on a medium flame for 1 to 3 whistles with little water directly in the cooker.

For a very large sized yam 3 to 4 whistles and small ones 1 to 2 whistles will do. Once the pressure is off, peel off the thick skin, it comes off easily.

Yam is soft cooked like potato. Chop to the desired sized pieces and use it to cook curries or pulusu or roast.

step by step photos on how to make yam fry

To firm up the pieces, add it in the hot seasoning oil and fry on high for 3 to 4 mins.

yam fry suran fry

For more Vegetable recipes, check
Aratikaya vepudu (raw banana fry)
Potato drumstick leaves fry
Sorakaya vepudu (lauki stir fry)
Bendakaya palli vepudu (ladies finger stir fry)
Potlakaya vepudu (snake gourd stir fry)

Yam can even be used to make a spicy elephant yam fry like you see in the first picture or a simple ghee Pepper roast that you see below, much suitable for kids.

If you avoid green chilies, it makes a best side dish for kids. If you desire to make it on the spicy side, use red chili powder.This side dish can accompany your rice and rasam or sambar.

kandagadda vepudu recipe

Crisp fried curry leaves, freshly ground pepper, green chilies and ghee are the contributors to the real taste and aroma in this recipe.

Yam fry (suran fry)

4.95 from 18 votes
Elephant yam called as kandagadda in telugu is roasted in ghee , spices and lot of curry leaves.
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup yam chopped pieces (elephant yam, suran, kanda gadda)
  • 1 green chili slit
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste or ¼ tsp. ginger paste
  • ½ tsp garam masala or meat masala or biryani masala
  • ¼ to ¾ tsp red chili powder or pepper powder
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves fresh
  • ¼ tsp mustard (rai)
  • ½ tsp cumin (jeera)
  • 1 Pinch turmeric (or haldi)
  • 1 Pinch hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 to 1 ½ tbsp ghee or oil


How to cook yam or suran

  • Soak yam in water for about 15 minutes for the mud to melt off. Wash thoroughly.
  • Peel and chop to 1 inch pieces and add them to a pot of water.
  • Boil yam until fork tender yet firm and not mushy. Do not over boil. Drain them. Or you can also cook the whole yam in pressure cooker with little water for 3 to 4 whistles. Once cool peel off the skin and chop to pieces.

How to make yam fry or suran fry

  • Heat a pan with ghee. Add curry leaves, green chili and fry till crisp.
  • Add cumin and mustard, when they splutter add hing. Stir in the ginger garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add cooked yam pieces, salt and turmeric.
  • Fry on high heat for 4 to 5 mins. , Keep stirring to prevent burning. If needed add little more ghee.
  • Add pepper powder or red chili powder, garam masala and fry for a min or 2.
  • Serve yam fry with rice. You can squeeze in some lemon juice.


You can also add half tsp urad dal and 1 tsp chana dal to the tempering. Fry them until golden. Then add the ginger garlic.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Yam fry (suran fry)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97
% Daily Value*
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 612mg17%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 12.8mg16%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
This is a life saver.. Cooking yam in Cooker really did the work. The peel came off easily and was easy to cut and cook. Making yam curry was never this easy… I used to think twice before buying yam but not anymore…

5 stars
Very useful tip and simple mouth watering recipe

4 stars
Very easy thank u for sharing easy peeling of yam


Flavourful and yummy yam fry.

Very nice and handy tip to peal the yam and to avoid the itching. Tasty yam roast.<br />Thanks for sharing.

looks good.. So tasty fry

Delicious and yummy yam fry..

yummy dish..I will try your version next time.

Thanks for sharing an easy tip to peel yam, now I will cook if often.