Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yam (Genasu) Chutney

Yams(Genasu in Kannada) are also known as Sweet potatoes. Sometimes they are bright orange color, which are very sweet to taste. I like to use the creamy white variety, since they are mildly sweet.

Whenever I get them from store, I usually make chutney with it. I hardly get any coconuts in my local store here. So yams are a very good alternative and tastes as good as regular coconut chutneys. Along with yams I have added walnuts, to give chutney a good texture and some nutrition. I have also made this chutney using pistachio, cashews and peanuts(groundnuts), any kind of nuts combines very well with yams.

So here a very simple, quick, tasty and healthy chutney.


  • Yams/Sweet potatoes (Genasu) - 1 big/ about 2 cups after grating.
  • Chilies (Red dried ) - 3-4
  • Tamarind extract (tamarind paste) - about 2 tbsp
  • Walnuts - 1/4 cup lightly toasted ( groundnuts, pistachio, cashews, Dalia Dal, coconuts can be used instead)
  • Salt to taste.

  1. Wash, peel the skin and grate yams.
  2. Lightly toast the nuts.
  3. Extract juice from tamarind.
  4. Once the nuts are cool enough, take chilies, grated yams, tamarind water, toasted nuts in a blender.
  5. Blend them using little water at a time, untill it comes to a course paste.Taste and adjust salt.
  6. Lastly, do the seasoning with oil, mustard seeds and little hing. Mix well and serve.

Tastes good with rice, dose, idly, chapathis or just as a spread on bread toast. Enjoy !


  1. Something so new to me and looks way yummy :)

  2. This is such a clever idea Madhu. Did not know you could kind of use this as substitute for coconut. Adding walnut makes it more nutritious.

  3. Never tried chutney wid sweet potato..looks gr8

  4. Never prepared this..Looks delicious..

  5. What a co-incidence! I have japanese sweet potatoes at home. I will definitely try it out :) Looks yummy Madhu.

  6. unique chutney...sweet potato with those spices would be delicious for sure :-)

  7. Very nutritious chutney! What a unique one!

  8. Looks Yummy...I love chutneys..tried your Zucchini chutney and it was yum.Thx.

  9. I usually makes curry and a sweet never tried chutney ..liked it

  10. I am always on the lookout for a chutney recipe without coconut. Tried this with fried kabuli channa and the taste and texture were just perfect for idlis