Kanda Vadalu – Yam Vada

Kanda aka Suran Vadas

Like bittergourd, I disliked yam aka ‘suran’ (kanda in Telugu) as a child. It was a chance encounter with this vegetable in the form of kebabs, from a friend’s tiffin dabba, that I had to re-think my opinion of suran. One bite into the kebab and I was sold. At first I thought it was raw banana vada but was told they were kebabs made with boiled suran.

As monsoon calls for deep-fried comfort food, it was Kanda Vadas on a rainy weekend. Simple recipe and the vadas taste best when eaten hot off the stove. Just ensure you clean raw kanda with several changes of water before boiling it till soft.

Elephant foot yam, Kanda, Suran

Kanda Vada Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Makes 25-30 vadas

Cuisine: South Indian



3 cups of peeled and boiled yam/kanda/suran cubes

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

small lemon sized tamarind

1 1/2 tsps ginger garlic paste

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp garam masala pwd

2 tbsps cornflour

1 tbsp dessicated coconut pwd

3-4 bread slices (remove sides) (adjust)

1 1/2 tbsps putnala pappu/roasted chick pea/dalia pwd

2 tbsps fresh coriander leaves

salt to taste

oil for deep frying

1 Boil kanda along with turmeric pwd, salt and small lemon sized tamarind till cooked and soft. Drain any left over water and cool. Grate or mash kanda cubes and combine with rest of the ingredients (except oil) and shape into oblong shaped pattis or into any shape of your choice. Adjust bread slices to suit patti consistency. Refrigerate for 15-20 mts.
2 Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel and once oil is piping hot, reduce to medium flame. You can place 6-8 kebabs based on the size of the vessel and fry till golden brown. Once golden brown, drain and place on absorbent paper.
3 Serve hot with tomato sauce or date and tamarind chutney.


Take some precautions while handling yam. Apply oil to hands, peel and cut. Wash in several changes of water before pressure cooking till soft. Yam takes a while longer than most vegetables to cook.

Kanda Vadalu – Yam Vada

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  yam


21 thoughts on “Kanda Vadalu – Yam Vada

  1. We make suran koftas like bottlegourd koftas and serve it in onion tomato gravy.Though few different ingredients are used like coconut,tamarind,and we use only besan to bind them..but all said and done,i love to make these coz then fussy eaters in my home just gobble it without knowing that they are eating yam,which is otherwise looked down upon as a very tasteless veggie

  2. hai sailu, i often peep into ur pages checking out for ur new recipes. today i tried ur carrot pachadi it was yummy. Planning to do ur kakarakaya fry tommorow. Your recipes make me enjoy my cooking. Your paneer butter masala also tasted yummy. Continue ur work da.

  3. I love suran but unfortunately didn’t find any fresh here ๐Ÿ™ Those croquettes are really beautifuly shaped, sure would have tasted superb ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Sailu ,
    i’m Punitha.
    This is completely a new dish to me.
    i never tried like this.
    Is it a snack item or side dish Sailu ?
    Whatever may be we’ll enjoy this Sailu. Thank you…

  5. Excellent preparation. Just liked it. Made it like a Kebab and the guests we served to were not able to understand whether it was suran or mutton kebab. Great dish.

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