Rasavali Killangu


Ever heard of purple yam? In tamil we call this vegetable Rasavalli Killangu.  I eat this by the bucket loads and if you try it – I hope you enjoy it too.
This recipe follows that in ‘Recipes of the Jaffna Tamils‘ pg 137 with a variation right at the end. Nesa aunty uses vanilla essence and my mum uses cardamom. Freshly ground cardamom – yum!



500 gm purple yam, peeled
enough water to cover yam
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
5 cardamom pods
1 tsp ghee

1. wash the yam a few times to remove the slimy residue.
2. cube the yam.
3. Put it in a pot with enough water to cover the yam. Cook till soft.
4. Add coconut milk, sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly and turn over a few times, till it becomes a consistent texture.
5. Use a mortar and pestle to extract the seeds from the pods and then grind till fine.
6. Add the ground cardamom.
7. Grease a shallow tray with a little ghee.
8. Dish yam into the tray and put in fridge to cool down and thicken.
8. Cut into diamond shaped pieces and serve for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.


3 thoughts on “Rasavali Killangu

    • Hey Thina – sorry for this delayed reply. Didn’t realise you had a left a comment. Where do you live? My mum sometimes finds it at the fruit and vegetable market or the chinese vegetable shops. It’s not very easy to find.

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