Yams, taro root, dasheen, madumbis or the real South African name – “amadumbe” – is a root vegetable that tastes amazing and looks weird.
They are packed with a host of vitamins, minerals and are an excellent source of dietary fibre. They are known to be toxic if eaten raw – however cooked they are an amazingly flavourful starch for any meal. Their leaves are also used as a spinach or like we Indians do – make a flavourful chick pea batter and smear layers over the leaves – roll up like a swiss roll steam and enjoy, (recipe to follow in another blog post).
Their health benefits are:-
- Aids in digestion
- Boosts immune system
- Aids diabetics – because it regulates the release of insulin
- Aids general heart health and blood pressure because of their potassium content
- Keeps eyes healthy – because of beta carotene and antioxidant content
- Skin savers – vitamin A & E content
However their intake should be controlled because of its high calorie count – serve it with some seasoned yoghurt and it shouldn’t be too bad – enjoy in moderation.
Stir Fried Amadumbis
6-8 medium boiled, peeled and sliced amadumbis
50ml cooking oil
2-3 curry leaves
1 dry chilli
3ml cumin seeds
5ml cumin powder
10ml lemon juice
- Heat oil in a heavy based frying pan, add the curry leaves, dry chili and cumin seeds and allow to splutter
- Add the amadumbis lower heat – and allow to cook for a few minutes – so the flavors can infuse
- Sprinkle the cumin powder, salt and lemon juice and stir well – leave on heat so the sliced amadumbis can crisp up
- Once done – garnish with chopped fresh coriander and serve with some salted smooth cottage cheese or some plain yoghurt