Can you tell whats wrong with this dish? Good for me if you haven’t noticed. Notice that yam turned out mushy. I over cooked yams while steaming. The point I am making about this photo is that, don’t be intimidated by dishes not looking great when you cook. When I was a kid, I was like that. If my mom’s dish doesn’t appeal me, I wouldn’t eat. As I grew, I understood that appeal is just about eye entertainment. If you are an amateur cook, take baby steps. Not worry about starting to cook and trying out new recipes.
When you cook at home, it happens sometimes where your dish turns out mushy, overcooked, undercooked, salty, over seasoned or under seasoned. We learn from mistakes. That’s how I learned too. Final result – cooking with new ingredients, tried out new veggies, learnt new cooking techniques. It helped me transform from a couch nut to a cooking nut. For newbie cooks, everything about cooking sounds complicated. First thing they have to overcome is fear of complexity.
Philippine yam called as purple yam, popularly as Ube in Philippines. Though Ube is root vegetable, it is very popular flavor for ice creams, cakes and pastries in Philippines. Ube has a very deep purple color. Ube is not Purple sweet potato or purple yam. Ube has darker, rough skin with root spikes. Where as purple yams, are lighter purple flesh, with thin skin.
- 3-4 Ube roots
- 1 small red onion
- 2 tbsp - healthy oil as coconut or olive oil
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ⅛th tsp pure turmeric powder
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- 1½ - 2 tbsp - ujwalasdelicacies multi purpose spice powder
- Cut Ube into 2 inch equal sized pieces
- Fill 2 inch water in a pot. Add salt, close lid and steam Ube pieces till soft. Do not over cook.
- In another pan, add oil. Heat to medium.
- Add cumin. Fry till golden brown.
- Add onion. Cook till translucent.
- Add curry leaves and turmeric powder. Stir.
- Add steamed ube pieces. Stir well.
- Sprinkle spice powder. Stir well. Add more salt if needed.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Garnish with cilantro.
- Serve hot with brown rice, wild rice or roti.