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Karunai Kizhangu (known as yam ordinary in English, and sometimes elephant yam) is one of those vegetables from my childhood associated with lots of memories. It is not easily available in Kottayam and so whenever anyone visited from Tamil Nadu or someone from the family went there, karunai kizhangu was among one of the vegetables usually brought back. It has a very similar texture to yam or senai kizhangu but a different flavour. It tends to irritate the throat similar to yam and so cooking it in a tamarind based kuzhambu is the best option.