Chai / चाई / Purple Yam / Ube / Dioscorea alata L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Chai / चाई
  • Common Name: Purple Yam / Ube
  • Botanical Name: Dioscorea alata L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber
  • Occurrence: Forest area, Hilly area
  • Season of Availability: September-November
  • Geography: Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Tuber propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Tubers

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Tubers
  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: May be boiled, cooked or fried like a potato.
  • As Medicine: Helps control blood pressure and acts as a laxative.
  • Cooking Method: May be boiled, cooked or fried like a potato.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: N/A
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Good source of cabohydrates, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps control blood pressure; acts as a laxative.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Helps control blood pressure and acts as a laxative.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Undhiyu:
    For the masala, coarsely grind peanuts and sesame seeds. Mix with other masala ingredients. Stuff eggplants with a bit of masala. Toss all vegetables with masala. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add carom seeds and asafoetida. Add veggies, masala, water, and turmeric. Pressure cook for 2 whistles. Transfer to a pan, add methi muthiyas, and cook briefly. Serve with pooris.

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Chai / चाई / Purple Yam / Ube / Dioscorea alata L.

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