Ever heard of இராசவள்ளி கிழங்கு (rasavalli killangu) or purple yam?
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 அம்மா 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.
(It is NOT eaten with strawberries)
Could you please tell me where can i buy rasavalli kilangu.
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.
I haven’t had this in so long. I’m going to hunt some ingredients down and make this for sure!