Simple Spicy Nagaimo/Yam Salad Recipe | Tarul Ko Achar | तारुलको पिरो अचार

Nagaimo is a type of yam with low calories and full of nutrients. Combining all the spices and tempering with oil and mustard seeds, takes the dish to the next level than usual boiling or making curry and makes a perfect spicy nagaimo salad. Nagaimo is popular in Nepal as ‘Tarul‘ and the spices make a perfect ‘Tarul Ko Achar‘. I hope you will all enjoy this unique recipe (Yam Salad) and share it with your friends and families.


Nagaimo (Tarul) – 1.5 pound

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 3 cloves

Red chili pepper – 6 (soaked in water)

Roasted cumin – 1.5 tsp

Roasted Sichuan pepper (timur) – 1/2 tsp

1/2 lemon (small)

Oil – 3 tbsp

Fenugreek seed – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Chopped onion – 1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1/4 cup

  1. Peel nagaimo (tarul) and cut into chunks and dip into boiled water and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Use a fork to test if it goes all the way inside the nagaimo, then it is fully cooked. Set it aside to cool down.
  3. In a pan, fry cumin seeds and Sichuan pepper without any oil for a minute. Set it aside.
  4. In a mixer, add roasted cumin + Sichuan pepper, ginger, garlic, soaked red chili with a little bit of water, and lemon juice. Grind to make a fine paste.
  5. Chop nagaimo into bite-size.
  6. In a bowl, add nagaimo, chopped green chili, chopped red onion, chili paste, salt, and red chili pepper powder.
  7. Temper with fenugreek seed and turmeric powder.
  8. Add cilantro and mix it well. Serve with beaten rice or on its own.
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