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 Top 10 Purple Yam, Kand Recipes

  Last Updated : Jul 13,2018






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Top 10 Kand, Purple Yam Recipes

Known in English as purple yam, kand is one of the favourite winter veggies. Although it is nowadays available almost throughout the year, it is reasonably priced during the winter months, which is a good reason to buy a basketful and try out these delightful recipes with it!

Purple yam is a tuber with grayish brown skin and purple flesh. It has a rough texture and dark coloured skin. You can buy a large batch of these yams and store them in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place for up to 10 days. Never put them in a plastic bag, just store them loose in an airy basket. Keep out of sunlight because sunlight causes them to sprout and ferment.

Kand has a very homely taste, which is liked by everybody, both children and adults. It can be used to make a variety of recipes ranging from morning to evening, from Starter to Main Course, Kand can be used to make a wide range of mouth-watering delicacies.

It can even be introduced into continental recipes like Rosti, to make the delicious Kand and Potato Rosti. The inviting colour and appetizing aroma will make you drool even before you taste the yummy dish.

India is a diverse county, there are people from different caste and creed.  They celebrate a number of festivals throughout the year, out of which during some festivals like Navratri they observe fasting. Apart from potato, purple yam and elephant yam are popular tubers that can help you make interesting fasting recipes

Make this scrumptious Kand Sandwich which has a tongue-tickling flavour not from green chutney but, from the rock salt and pepper that are mixed with the yam slices before making the sandwich. You can also stir fry steamed Kand cubes and make Chatpata Kand. Crispy kand wafers can also be made and stored in a jar to enjoy any time you wish!

Make these deep fried Kand Aloo Pakoda which is a perfect accompaniment for a cup of hot masala chai on a cold winter’s day or Kand Na Bhajia on a rainy day. This delicious chilas with kand, will surely replace your basic besan chilla for Breakfast.  

Kand ki Chaat with aromatic herbs, peppy spice powders, crunchy onions and tangy lemon combine excitingly with deep-fried kand cubes is surely a heavenly combination you must try.



Top 10 Kand Recipes

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 by Tarla Dalal
Purple yam has a nice flavour, which makes these Kand Wafers very appealing to the palate. Tossing these wafers with pepper and black salt makes them tastier than regular run-of-the-mill chips, and also makes them suitable to have on fasting days! Store this crunchy snack in a jar and enjoy it any time you wish, can aslo be served with other Faaral recipes .
2.  
 by Tarla Dalal
When purple yam (kand) is in season, don’t we all try to find as many recipes as possible to make with it? With its lovely colour and delicious taste, this vegetable is generally enjoyed by the whole family. Here is another recipe to add to your kand collection. Kand Stir Fry features purple yam, stir-fried with a traditional tempering and seasoned with crushed peanuts and lemon juice. This gives the Purple Yam Stir Fry a unique texture and a very enjoyable flavour, which is a mix of peanut’s musky flavour and a lemony tang too! Enjoy this stir-fry immediately on preparation to enjoy the best textures of yam as well as crushed peanuts. Makes for a great side dish option to the Main Course can also be enjoyed as an evening tea snack .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Name your flavour and you will get it in this chaat. Aromatic herbs, peppy spice powders, crunchy onions and tangy lemon combine excitingly with deep-fried kand cubes, which are tantalisingly crisp outside and soft inside. The most tempting twist in this Kand ki Chaat is the addition of poppy seeds, which impart an intense texture and a very unique aroma when sautéed. You can’t help falling in love with this snack, especially on cold winter days.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Crispy and flavourful pakodas made of yam, potatoes and crushed peanuts, the Kand Aloo Pakoda is good company for a cup of hot masala chai on a cold winter’s day. The peanuts not only add an exciting flavour to these yam pakodas, they also make the texture more cheery. The best part is that this tasty treat can be enjoyed in fasting days as well.
5.  
 by Tarla Dalal
Chatpata describes this kand recipe best of all because it is, indeed, a tongue-tickler! Here, steamed purple yam cubes are stir-fried with black salt and chilli powder, which gives it a peppy and tangy flavour that warms you to the core, even on a cold and rainy day! Make sure you cook the Chatpata Kand till it is crisp and golden in colour, and serve it immediately to enjoy it at its best. A scrumptious snack that is good to serve as Starters / Snacks .
Simplicity is the main virtue of this fantastic snack! Nothing but simple slices of purple yam sandwiched with green chutney and toasted in a non-stick tava, the Kand Sandwich turns out to be a scrumptious snack that makes you drool. The Kand Sandwich gets its tongue-tickling flavour not just from green chutney but also from the rock salt and pepper that are mixed with the yam slices before making the sandwich. This interesting snack can be had on fasting days too. Some more farali snacks recipes to enjoy on fasting days - Kand Aloo Pakoda , Rajgira Paratha Canapés , Sabudana Vada and Kand Wafers .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Like all traditional bhajias, kand na bhajia is also made by deep-frying thin slices of purple yam dipped in a gram flour batter. However, the coriander seeds, sesame seeds and the freshly-ground pepper powder that are added just before frying give it an edge over its counterparts! serve this on a rainy day, accompanied by a cup of piping hot tea or coffee to enhance the experience.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A masaledar paneer stuffing is sandwiched between two layers of a luscious and flavorful yam mixture with tangy lemon juice and crunchy peanuts, coated with zesty green chutney and an aromatic traditional tempering, and baked till crisp in a pre-heated oven. This baked yam and paneer cake is a savory snack that can be served as a starter or a memorable tea-time treat!
Rosti, a popular Swiss dish made with grated potatoes, is innovatively made with a combination of purple yam and potato. Not only that the recipe is further tweaked to give it a desi touch by flavouring it with green chillies, lemon juice and crushed peanuts. With a bit of tang and lots of crunch, the Kand and Potato Rosti is a sure-shot winner with diners of all age groups! It has a very inviting colour, not to forget an appetizing aroma, which will make you drool even before you taste the yummy dish. Enjoy as a snack with a glass of chilled Pudina Chaas or turn it into a whole meal by topping it with Rajma and Palak Stir-Fry , Paneer Capsicum Stir-fry , Zucchini Stir- Fry or Sprouts Stir Fry
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 by Tarla Dalal
Chila is a fabulous snack, which has withstood the test of time. Normally made with a batter of besan or moong dal, these thin pancakes have a very homely and satisfying taste. Chilas can also be made of grated purple yam, as in this recipe. Although it uses only basic ingredients, the Kand Chila tastes awesome when had right off the tava with tongue-tickling green chutney. Some people like to replace the salt with sendha namak and have this Kand Chila on fasting days , as it tastes good and gives enough energy too. If you love chilas, you must also try our other recipes like Stuffed Moong Dal Chilas and Nutritious Chilas .
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