Jimikand Matar ki Sabzi ~ From Champa & Brij Bhushan’s Kitchen

by on March 15, 2017

A favourite at Champa & Brij Bhushan’s home, this sabzi is made with elephant yam (jimikand) and fresh peas (matar). Brij says one of his cravings is to eat this in India where it is freely available. It has been banned in the USA since the FDA, which regulates food supply and safety, discovered it has certain natural chemical properties that can be used to make hallucinatory drugs. However, it is also known to have beneficial properties, which makes it an excellent lactate. It is also useful in the treatment of piles.
Jimikand Matar ki Sabzi


  • ¼ kg elephant yam (suran or jimikand)
  • 2 cups shelled peas
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander power
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste

For the paste:

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green chilli (deseeded to reduce heat)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1-inch piece ginger

For the tempering:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • a sprig curry leaves


  1. Grind the onions and green chilli and set aside.
  2. Grind the tomatoes and ginger and set aside.
  3. Wash the yam well, remove the outer skin and chop into medium-sized bits. Wash well.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds; as they begin to splutter, add the cumin seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.
  5. Add the onion paste and red chilli powder and fry for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped yam and shelled peas along with a cup of water. Cover and cook until the yam is cooked.
  7. Now, add the tomato paste along with turmeric and salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Add the coriander powder and garam masala. Stir well and switch off the flame.
  9. Serve hot with fresh rotis.
    Tip: You can substitute the yam in the above dish with potatoes or turnip.

Part-1 of this post is the interview with Champa & Brij Bhushan, a Punjabi couple currently residing in Washingdon DC, USA.
First published in ‘Heart to Hearth’ – a column in Harmony Celebrate Age, a magazine about silvers.


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