Yam with Malabar Spinach | Kanda Bachali | Andhra Traditional Malabar Spinach Yam Curry Recipe

Yam with Malabar Spinach, also known as Kanda Bachali or Andhra Traditional Malabar Spinach Yam Curry, is a traditional dish from the Andhra Pradesh region of India that combines yam (also known as kanda in Telugu) with Malabar spinach (also known as bachali in Telugu). The dish is typically made with a variety of whole spices and is known for its rich and flavorful taste. The Malabar spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is known for its nutritional value and high iron content. It is typically served with steamed rice as a main course. Here is a recipe for how to make Yam with Malabar Spinach at home:


  • 1 lb of yam, peeled and diced
  • 1 lb of Malabar spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. In a pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
  3. Add the dried red chili pepper and sauté for a few seconds.
  4. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
  5. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and garam masala powder. Stir well and sauté for a few minutes.
  6. Add the yam and Malabar spinach






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