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Kanda Bachali Kura

This is a traditional Andhra recipe. A simple curry using malabar spinach and elephant yam or suran. It is a very easy to make dish that is a great side dish for both rice or roti.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: andhra
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon Chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 Red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, finely minced
  • 2~3 Green chilies, finely chopped
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 3 cups Bachali kura/ Malabar Spinach
  • 2 cups Chopped Suran or Kanda*
  • 1 tablespoon Tamarind paste or lemon/ lime juice


  • Heat oil in a medium size pan on medium heat. Add urad, chana, mustard, cumin seeds and red chilies. Once the seeds start to splutter; add ginger, green chilies & curry leaves and sauté for couple of minutes.
    Then add the chopped malabar spinach/ bachali kura and suran/ kanda. Cover and cook on medium-low flame until the greens are wilted.
  • Add water; cover and cook till suran is completely cooked through. I like this dish smooth instead of chunky, so I mash with a potato masher at this stage.
  • Then add tamarind paste and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes for the flavors to mingle. Serve with steamed rice for a yummy Andhra meal.


  • If using frozen suran, thaw it before using in the recipe.
  • Balance of flavors is the key to the success of this recipe. So make sure to adjust the spiciness, tanginess and salt accordingly.
  • Lemon/ lime juice can be used instead of tamarind paste.
  • Leftover kanda bachali can be stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Serve with your favorite dal and rice.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2433IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 5mg
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