This is a side dish that is among my all time favourites. Flavour profile is very similar to fried fish but this is made up of Suran ( Jimikand / Elephant foot yam). Its shallow fried so its not completely unhealthy too. Makes the best accompaniment for dal chawal or dal khichdi.
Here is the recipe
First thing first, grease your palms with oil before touching Suran. This helps keeping the itchiness at bay.
Cut Suran into big pieces like shown in picture.
In a pot fill water and add a few Kokams. If you don't have Kokam handy, you can use tamarind instead. Add the Suran Slices and bring it to boil. ( max 3-4 mins)
Don't overcook ( because we will be frying these later)
Take it off the heat and strain the water using the strainer.
In a small bowl, take about 4-5 Kokams / Tamarind pieces. Add 1 tsp water and mash it to make it into a paste like consistency.
Coat all the suran slices with above kokam paste and keep aside.
In the meantime, in a mixing bowl, add 1 tbs Coriander Powder, 1 tsp Cumin Powder, 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder ( for color) half tsp Kanda Lasoon Masala, ( Onion Garlic Powder), One pinch turmeric, salt as per taste and a very important ingredient i.e. 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste. This gives a very distinct flavour.
** Kanda Lasoon Masala is a must have spice in my kitchen. I buy the Everest Brand's spice however, if you guys have a suggestion for a better one please do tell**
Mix all these and add very litter water gradually to make a thick paste.
Now coat all the Suran Slices with above paste.
I keep this aside for at least half an hour. You can continue without resting it too.
In a plate take about half cup Rava ( Semolina) add salt as per taste and Kashmiri Red Chili Powder. Mix this well.
Now coat every Suran Slice ( coated with spice paste) with this Rava Mixture and shallow fry on a Tava.
Ensure that you fry this on a medium flame so that it becomes crispy.
Enjoy with a bowl full of hot dal and rice.