Kachil/ Greater Yam Mezhukkupuratti



  1. Kachil – 3.5 cups, chopped into smaller pieces
  2. Water – 1.5 cups
  3. Salt – 1.5 tsp.
  4. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp.
  5. Coconut oil – 1 tsp. + 2 tbsps.
  6. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp.
  7. Garlic – 2 big cloves, finely chopped
  8. Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped
  9. Shallots – 1/4 cup, pounded
  10. Curryleaf – a few
  11. Red chilly powder – 3/4 heaping tsp.


  1. Cook the kachil in water adding salt, 1 tsp. of coconut oil & turmeric powder. Cover cook on low heat for 20 minutes till all the water has evaporated & a knife can pass easily through the kachil pieces.
  2. In a pan, heat 2 tbsps of coconut oil & add the mustard seeds. Allow them to pop & add the onions, shallots, curry leaves & garlic. Cook till they turn golden brown in colour.
  3. Add red chilly powder & mix for a minute on low heat.
  4. Add the cooked kachil & mix gently so that all the kachil pieces are well coated with the onion-chilly masala.
  5. Serve this with rice along with moru kachiyathu. YUM. I like to have this with a cup of coffee, just like that!
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