Senaikizhangu Masiyal / Yam Lentils Curry

Senaikizhangu Masiyal / Yam Lentils Curry

Senai-Kizhangu Masiyal:

Yam-Lentils Curry. Senai Kizhangu Kadaisal/Kadaiyal.

I heard about this dish thro’ my maid. She is a great cook. I wanted to keep its authenticity, so used kal-chatti / mann chatti for blending. This gives very earthlty flavour! This goes to Shama’s Village Special Event (Grammathu Kaimanam)


Yam 1/4 kilo
Thoor Dal 1 small cup
Green chilies 6
Garlic 6-7 beads
Onion 1 medium
Tomatoes 1-2
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Tamarind paste 1/4 spoon
Oil few spons.

For Sesonning:

Thallipu Vadagam 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Fenugreek 2
Peppercorns 2
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Dry red chilies 1
Urad dal 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Sesame oil few spoons.


Scrape away the thick skin and wsh the veggie. Chop them roughly and leave them in cold water until cooking.

Cook thuvar dal in a pressure cooker till tender. Set aside.

In a wide wok, heat oil. Add chilies, garlic, onion and tomatoes. Fry them real good.

Then followed by veggies. Add salt and turmeric to it.

Add a cup of water and cook them tender.

When they are almost done…add 1/4 of tamarind water.

Remove them from stove(make sure there is not more water). Now coarsely grind them in a mann-chatti/blender. Then add cooked thoor dal and blend once again.

In a seperate pan, heat oil. Add sesonning items. Run this sesonning over the masiyal made above.

Serve warm to go with your steamed rice.


35 Responses so far.

  1. seems like a healthy and a tasty dish Malar… Have never tried this, good one…

  2. Kay says:

    I saw a nice earthenware pot in the chinese store when I went there last time. Maybe I’ll buy it to try all these yummy dishes!

    I’ve heard of this dish but never tried it.. looks great!

  3. Asha says:

    Great entry, we make something like this with Spinach dal, call it Massoppu. Looks delicious Malar! :)

  4. Priyameena says:

    I do make this but yours look totally delicious..Using Man saati/wooden mathu looks great..Adding the thalipu vadagam is a kick to this dish..

  5. Ushanandini says:

    Masiyal must be tasty… new to me.
    Mashing and grinding with mattu in mann-chatti is really authentic!Must try this masiyal.Wonderful entry!

  6. Happy Earth day dear! Its truly an authentic dish and I m craving for it NOW. Yam made as masiyal always inspires me than the fried one. Nice entry.

  7. Ann says:

    Such a yummy food !!
    Me too make this,but not with toor daal.and that comes lill dry with gram daal.we call it doubt,nutritious and yummy
    perfect for the event and homely pictures to support !!

  8. Pooja says:

    New to me..Yummy dish malar..

  9. Madhumathi says:

    This one is so authentic..Yam and dal is a nice combo..

  10. truly authentic dear…thank you…have a gift for u in my blog …check cucumber pachadi post

  11. truly authentic dear…thank you…have a gift for u in my blog …check cucumber pachadi post

  12. Lavanya says:

    yam dal is new to me..dal looks so yummy..want to taste it :)

  13. meeso says:

    I would love a bowl of this right now, after work, I’m so cold and could use the comforting :)

  14. Priya Sriram says:

    Thats a new variety dish Malar! Curry looks rich and yummy! :)

  15. Cham says:

    New recipe and very different in taste!

  16. doggybloggy says:

    I like the looks of things around here – more challenging dishes for me to try…I LOVE INDIAN FOOD!

  17. Ashwini says:

    This is something new..Looks yummy and delish.

  18. Vibaas says:

    i like this because it’s so easy to make and yummy too. i make it similarly minus onions. looks yum and btw, my mil got me the thalippu vadagam

  19. I havent had yams since an year so..looks so yummy Malar..Now I have to get the frozen ones from Indian store..Ths one tempted me..!

  20. I have tasted this but never attempted to try that at home Malar..Seems an authentic one..Looks yummy…BTW congrauts on ur award too..Sorry for my late wishes as my sys was crashed..Hru and things going on Malar…Hope you are doing okay..

  21. lissie says:

    Great entry! the dish sounds delicious… I will surely try it!

  22. sangeeta says:

    in north india yam is eaten on diwali day essentially , i make kababs of yam on diwali n no other recipes cuz my husband doesn’t like it…..this one looks good.
    and this mann chatti is a mortar n pestle i suppose, i have a earthen one n a stone one too, got it from delhi trade fair.

  23. Le @HC says:

    Wow.. i use the satti and matthu too for making keerai..Definitely tastes different, ille Malar…

  24. Deepa Hari says:

    one more new dish Malar…looks great….nice entry for the event.

  25. Suparna says:

    Hi Malar,
    Love yam, in konkani cuisine we make a sambar with yam which has a coconut based masala. This one is very simple and healthy thanks for sharing ur version of dal. Thanks for the visit at my blog. Keep visiting.

  26. wooow yuuumy love to have this with hot rice so moutwatering and traditional recipe yum

  27. Valarmathi says:

    Really authentic. Never tried this. Looks yummy.

  28. adding garlic is new and flavrful… looks yum

  29. n33ma says:

    Different on Malar,I too use spinach like what Asha said.I really like the variety of recipes on your blog.

  30. Jamie says:

    Mmmmm looks so good! I love this kind of dish.

  31. AnuSriram says:

    Hmmmm… Yummmy! My mom makes this malar.. I just love this!

  32. Pavithra says:

    This is looking so good havent tried… Will try it soon. Picture with seasoning making me mouthwatering

  33. Vrinda says:

    I too make curry with Yam,but this is new to me..looks good…

  34. Diotrik says:


    I’ve been looking around at various lentil and yam curry recipes. This one looks quite interesting.

    Thank you very much for posting it and I will give feedback from any experiments with it!

    Looking forward to looking through some of your other recipes.


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