Purple Yam/ Kachil Puzhukku



  1. Kachil – 4 cups, chopped into smaller pieces
  2. Water – 1 cup
  3. Salt – 1.5 tsp.
  4. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp.
  5. Coconut oil – 2 tbsps.
  6. Curry leaf – a few

For the coconut paste:-

  1. Grated coconut – 1 cup
  2. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp.
  3. Greenchilly – 3 to 4 numbers
  4. Garlic – half a big clove
  5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp.
  6. Shallot – 2 numbers


  1. Cook the kachil in water adding salt, 1 tsp. of coconut oil & turmeric powder in a pressure cooker. Simmer for 5 minutes after the first whistle. Open the cooker after the pressures subside. Cook till the water evaporates and mash the kachil pieces with the back of a ladle.
  2. Crush together the grated coconut, garlic, shallots, greenchillies, cumin seeds and turmeric powder to a coarse paste (like we do for aviyal).
  3. Add the coconut paste to the mashed kachil and cook for 5 minutes more. Finally add coconut oil and curry leaves and remove from heat.
  4. Keep covered for sometime for the flavours to mingle.
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