Elephant Foot Yam Kheer Recipe | Chena Payasam Recipe

elephant foot yam kheer / chena payasam
Elephant Foot Yam Kheer | Chena Payasam Recipe with Video Recipe. Elephant foot yam or ‘suran’ grows in Africa and Asia. It is known as chena in malayalam. It is a larger tuber resembles elephant foot hence the name “elephant foot yam”. It can use in many curries and side dishes, it’s nice flavor makes the dishes delicious. Did u ever made a kheer/payasam with elephant foot yam?. If no, then try this kheer/payasam with elephant foot yam. It is very easy to prepare within few minutes. For making this kheer/payasam first I cooked yam then I grinded it to a paste, then cooked it with jaggery syrup and coconut milk. In this recipe, I am using the store bought ready to use coconut milk, which reduced the process of grating coconut and extracting the coconut milk from the coconut. I have included the link of the ready to use coconut milk at the end of this post You can refer it if ur interest to buy it. Hope now you understood that how simple is to make this payasam with elephant foot yam/chena. This payasam is not only easy to make, but also tastes delicious. Only problem is that you may feel itching in your hands after peeling and slicing yam. To avoid this, apply some oil on your hands and then peel and slice yam. Next time when you buy this elephant foot yam don’t forget to try this payasam recipe. I am sure that you all will love the taste of this payasam. Including elephant foot yam in your diet has many health benefits. 
Health Benefits of Elephant Foot Yam
  • It contains large amount of protein and carbs
  • It will lower the bad cholesterol, so it will help to prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes
  • It helps to lower blood sugar and blood pressure
  • It is an anti-inflammatory agent, so it is a good medicine for the inflammation of the joints such as arthritis. It contains a mild pain killing agent so it will act as a pain killer
  • It is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids
  • It contains lots of minerals and vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant, hence it will boost up your immune system
  • Eating elephant yam during pregnancy has many health benefits. You can check it here

Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you.

Preparation Time:20 minute
Cooking Time:15 minute
Servings:4 people


    Elephant Yam/Chena-1 cup
    Salt-1/2 tsp
    Coconut milk-200ml
    Ghee-3 tbs
    Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
    Raisins-8 to 9
    Method Of Preparation
    • Apply some oil on you hand. Peel and cut the yam into small pieces. Wash it well
    • Pressure cook it with little water and a pinch of salt for 4 whistle
    • Once the yam pieces are cooked well, drain the water and keep it aside
    • Once it’s cooled down, grind it to a fine paste and keep it aside
    • In a heavy bottomed pan, take jaggery and add 1 cup water into it. Heat it on medium flame until jaggery dissolves completely
    • Once jaggery dissolved completely, switch off the flame. Strain it for removing impurities. Keep it aside
    • Heat 2tbs ghee in a pan. Add grounded yam/chena paste into it. Saute it for a minute in low flame
    • Add jaggery syrup into it. Mix it well. Add 1/4 tsp salt into it and mix well
    • Once it started to thicken add coconut milk into it. Add cardamom powder into it. Mix it well
    • Cook it in medium flame until it thickened ( Stir continously)
    • Heat 1tbs ghee in a pan. Add cashewnuts into it. Roast it until it turns light brown in color. Add raisins into it. Saute it until the raisins puff up
    • Add this to the cooked kheer/payasam
    • Elephant yam kheer/Chena payasam is now ready to serve

    Video Recipe

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