Japanese Yam Puree

Here’s a delicious easy recipe that combines sweet, astringent, sour, spicy, salty, and pungent – if you add the optional ingredients. A great summer treat to keep your senses sharp and your tummy happy! This recipe makes enough for 2 people or can be a side-dish or appetizer for 4 people


Choose one medium sized yam

Peel and cube and boil until soft

Mash into puree

Add 3/4 tsp Mum’s Masala

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp Soma Salt

Fresh chopped green Thai Chilies (optional)

1 oz ginger juice  (optional)

1 tablespoon Olive oil


1 lime juice

Mix well
Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves
add a few drops of olive on top as a final touch (optional)
Enjoy with some bread or as a side dish with quinoa and other vegetables.


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  1. Dear vaidyaji,

    Is thai green chili a nightshade? Also could you please provide the list of nightshades? I read somewhere that gooseberry is also a nightshade.but amla is used in lot of ayurvedic medicine.could you please clarify?


  2. Dear Pavithra: SVA does not say “no!” to all members of the nightshade family, because there are different dimensions to consider and understand. The four notorious nightshades to definitely avoid are: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and bell pepper(s). These are highly neurotoxic and induce inflammation on deep tissue levels with long term usage.Some people are straight-out allergic to the alkaloid content in these four vegetables, and avoid them, while many tolerate them. We know that these vegetables have become staple food in many cultures, and the causal relationship between their consumption and many inflammatory conditions has not been clearly outlined by science yet. In SVA, we believe it is best to totally steer clear of them.
    As to what concerns other members of the nightshade family, such as green thai chiles, or even Indian Gooseberry (Amla berry), or Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha), as you indicate, these have been and are widely used in ayurvedic formulations. The gooseberry is the primary ingredient in “chyawanprash” – the ancient herbal tonic. Why is this so?
    The family of nightshades known as Solanaceae contains about 2700 species and ranges from annual to perennial herbs, flowering plants, trees, shrubs with berries, that all contain some degree of potent alkaloids. Not all of the species in the family are equally toxic, as each member has its own chemical make-up and carries distinct properties. This is why it is ok to use some, but not others.

  3. Dear Vaidhyaji,

    Thank you very much for clarifying my question.


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