Suran khichdi recipe - grated elephant yam is cooked with peanuts. This can be consumed during Hindu fasting/ vrat like navratri vrat, jaya parvati vrat, gauri vrat, ekadashi, janmashtami, maha shivratri, shravana month and so on.
At home we call this farali khichdi.
My mom makes this khichdi very often on upvas. I used enjoy it so much. But now in USA, I occasionally get fresh Suran. Whenever I see it in the grocery store, I do make sure to buy it.
These are too good. I miss those mom-made food and vrat days in India.
I have made this suran khichdi during last year navratri for photos. But never got chance to share it here. But now navratri is starting soon and many may keep the fast. So thought that it is the perfect time.
The important ingredient is LEMON JUICE. Suran is the kind of root which creates the itchy feeling in your throat. So to prevent it any sour ingredient like lemon juice, tamarind or yogurt is used. Here in this recipe lemon juice is added which also adds some flavor punch to the dish.
How to make suran khichdi recipe (Step by Step Photos):
1) While cutting and peeling the yam, many times it gives the irritation or itchy feeling to your hands, so grease your hands with oil and then continue.
2) Peel the suran and if not using right away then soak into the water.
3) Using the bigger size grater, start grating the yam.
4) Take water and salt in a bowl. Soak the grated yam in salted water for 15-20 minutes. After that discard the water. While it is soaking prep other ingredients.
5) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
6) Then add sesame seeds and saute for few seconds. They may start to pop up.
7) Now add crushed peanuts.
8) Saute for a minute or two or till they are slightly roasted and get light brown color.
9) Now add grated suran and salt.
10) Mix well and let it cook uncovered till it gets soft. It may take around 5-6 minutes.
11) Meanwhile, take cinnamon piece and cloves in a mortar and pestle.
12) Crush them into fine powder.
13) Now suran is cooked, soft and tender.
14) Now add prepared cinnamon, cloves powder.
15) Add sugar
16) And lemon juice. Mix well and turn off the stove.
17) Lastly add coconut and coriander leaves.
18) Mix and it is ready to serve.
NOTE: I prefer the mild version of this khichdi, but if you want to make it little spicy then add chopped green chilies after adding sesame seeds.
For a variation, you can add some grated potato along with yam.
Farali Suran Khichdi
- 200 grams or 1 ⅓ cups Suran (Elephant foot yam or Jimikand) grated
- 2 cups Water add pinch of salt in the water
- 1 tablespoon Peanut oil
- ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon Sesame seeds
- 50 grams or ¼ cup Peanuts coarsely ground
- a very small piece Cinnamon stick
- 2 Cloves
- Salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon Cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped
- Let’s start by cutting and peeling the elephant yam. Most of the time this gives irritation or itchy feeling to your hands during this process. To avoid that, please grease your hands with little oil and then continue.
- If not using right away then keep submerged into the water after peeling.
- Now using the box grater, start grating them.
- Soak the grated yam into a bowl of salted water for 10-15 minutes. Meantime prep rest of the ingredients.
- Heat the peanut oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Then add sesame seeds.
- As sesame seeds start to splutter, add crushed peanuts. And saute for a minute or till they are lightly roasted and get light brown color.
- Now discard the soaking water from grated suran. Add that to the pan and sprinkle rock salt.
- Mix and let it cook for 5-6 minutes or till yam gets soft (but not mushy).
- While yam is cooking, take cloves and piece of cinnamon stick, make a powder using mortar and pestle.
- Add that powder to the cooked yam.
- Also, add sugar and lemon juice.
- Lastly, add desiccated coconut and chopped cilantro leaves.
- Stir well and it is ready to serve.
- This root gives an itchy feeling in your throat, to avoid that you must add sour ingredients like lemon, tamarind, yogurt, etc. Here lemon is used in this recipe. SO the important ingredient is LEMON JUICE (do not skip).
- I prefer the mild version of this khichdi, but if you want to add some spicy flavor then add chopped green chili after adding sesame seeds.
- Not all the oils are allowed during Hindu vrat. Ask your elders what is allowed in your family, tradition, and go from there. We mostly use peanut oil or ghee.