Kanda Bachalikura(Yam with Chinese spinach)


 Kanda bachalikura is a traditional South Indian curry(especially in Andhra Pradesh) which is a combination of yam and chinese spinach cooked with a touch of Indian spices.This is my all time favourites.


  1. Kanda(yam) – 2cups(I used the frozen cubical ones here)
  2. Chinese spinach -1bunch
  3. Mustard powder – 1tsp
  4. Tamarind pulp – 2tsp
  5. Salt – as required
  6. Oil – 3tsp


For tempering:

  1. Chana dal – 1tsp
  2. Urad dal – 1tsp
  3. Mustard seeds – 1/4tsp
  4. Hing -pinch
  5. Curry leaves – few
  6. Green chillies – 3


  • Clean and chop the chinese spinach.
  • Boil the yam(kanda) and bachalikura(chinese spinach) together in a pressure cooker without adding water.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the ingredients for tempering ,add tamarind pulp and the cooked kanda and spinach to this.Add salt ,mix well and cook for 10min and remove from stove.
  • After it is cooled a little add the mustard powder and mix well.
  • This curry goes well with rice.


The mustard powder shd not be added when on stove.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Madhuli,great to see this greens dish,we call it Basale soppu and I never get it here.So I ordered the seeds on line and got some.Sowed last week and they are already sprouted!! I will save this recipe when I get some of those.Thanks for posting:)


  2. Looks yummy madhoori.i too posted this one on my blog before.i wait whole year to taste this one..for kartika masam.


  3. Hay this sounds new to me….But it is looking very yummy!….nice one…


  4. Posted by madhoori on June 1, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Asha,Swapna and Sukanya,

    Thanku all for your kind and valuable comments.They really mean a lot to me.


    Good to hear that the seeds u sowed already sprouted.Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to cook from the veggies from your own garden?Lucky u amd we also to have a chance to
    virtually see your garden and the wonderful recipes u keep posting.
    Have a nice weekend.


    Yeah I also wait all year long for this vegetable ,we get this in summer only.

    Good to hear that u liked this curry.Let me know if u get a chance to cook this and enjoy.


  5. wow madhoo…i am so green with envy…we dont get basale(chinese spinach) here and it is my fav green veggie of all. just love basale sambar with lots of garlic in it and how i am craving for it right now:( looks gr8 with yam too… wish i could get hold of some:)


  6. Posted by Sai on May 4, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Hi,Won’t the yam and spinach burn if they are cooked in a pressure cooker without water? Or maybe i didn’t understand what you meant,pls do clarify.


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