- Tastes great with ketchup.

2. In a large bowl, combine all of the Spice ingredients then mix in the oil. Toss the chena with the seasoned oil until evenly coated.

​3. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the chena on the sheet in a single layer. Bake until golden and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the center is tender. Remove the fries from the baking sheet and season with more salt.


1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.


1 lb elephant foot yam (chena), cut into 1/4-inch matchsticks
2 tablespoons canola oil
Cooking spray
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp red chile powder
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
​1/2 tsp salt​

Chena "Fries"  [Indian Vegetarian Recipe]

Chena is the Malayalam word for elephant foot yam. it looks exactly like its name.The outside is rough and dark brown, almost like a coconut, while the inside is smooth and fawn colored, like a potato with more character. They are very healthy with a lot of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. In this recipe I season them with a spice mixture and roast them in the oven until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They are the perfect alternative to French fries.