Indian Purple Yam Snack (Konfal or Kand)

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So simple and easy to cook, the purple yam is a tasty healthy snack or appetizer. Sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper this tuber makes a perfect vegetarian starter to any meal!

Indian Purple Yam known as Kand or Kandh in Hindi and Konfal in Marathi is a root vegetable that’s popularly known as Indian cheese. This tuber belongs to the large family of Yams and is often confused with sweet potato or Shakarkand which are distantly related to the Potato family. Although it’s a seasonal veggie that is available just from around December to January, it has loads of health benefits. Kand or konfal has a unique texture, a bright purple color, and is sweet to taste. To learn how to quickly prepare this delicious purple yam starter, read our recipe below…

How to cook a Purple Yam As an Appetiser or Snack?

Start by rinsing and scrubbing the yams with water to wash off any excess mud or dirt. Put these in a pressure cooker, fill with water, add a little salt, and place on the stove on a high flame. After the first whistle, cook for about 10 more minutes. And that’s it, the purple yams are cooked!! If you’re cooking using an instant pot, you need to set it to high pressure with the timer on for 10 minutes after pressure.

Rinsed Yams in a red pressure cooker.
Rinsed Purple yam in a cooker

Once done venting, open the pressure cooker and allow the purple yam appetizers to cool. When cool, take out the yams, cut in halves or quarters depending on their size, and peel the outer layer of skin. You can then cut slices of about 5 cm or 1/2 inch. Place on a plate or tray, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.

Did you think how to cook and eat purple yams would be difficult! It’s not! Easy peasy!

Purple Yams in a pressure cooker with purple water.
Purple Yams after cooking
Whole Cooked Purple Yam on a blue board.
Purple Yam
2 halfs cut of Purple Yam on a blue cutting board with an orange background.
Purple Yam cut in half
Half piece of purple yam without skin on a blue board and other half with skin on a blue board.
Remove the skin
Slices of purple yam in front of a half piece on a blue cutting board and orange background.
Cut slices of purple yam
Purple yam slices on a plate sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Delicious purple yam
Purple Yam on a white plate served with salt and pepper.
Serve with salt and pepper
Purple Yam served on a plate with salt and pepper.
Kand served with salt and pepper

Cooking tips for this Perfect Yam recipe?

  • Remember to thoroughly scrub the yams before you pressure cook them.
  • It is truly easy and quick to make.
  • Available in the winter season, Indian Purple Yam has many health benefits.
  • Add a little salt to the pressure cooker to enhance the taste.
  • Garnish with salt and pepper.
  • And as my Uncle Jude says, if you want to bring out the sweetness of the konfal, add some chaat masala!

FAQ’s about Indian Purple Yam

Are Indian Purple Yams and Sweet potatoes the same?

No, although people sometimes assume these are the same root vegetable, they are different.

Can Purple Yams be eaten raw?

No, it cannot be eaten raw as is it quite hard when uncooked and can also be toxic.

How do purple yams taste?

Purple yams have a sweet, nutty, and earthy taste.

Is Purple Yam healthy?

Yes, purple yam has many health benefits.

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Purple yam slices on a plate sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Healthy Indian Purple Yam Appetizer

So simple and easy to cook, purple yam or konfal is a tasty healthy snack or appetizer. No wonder it's called Indian cheese!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Side Dish, Snacks, Starters or Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 12 people


  • 4 Purple Yam
  • 1 tsp Salt To add to the pressure cooker
  • 1 l Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt adjust as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper Powder adjust as per taste


  • Scrub the Purple Yam to remove any dirt or mud.
  • Place in a pressure cooker with water and salt and cook on high flame till the first whistle. It should take about 5-7 minutes to reach this step.
  • After the first whistle, cook for 10 more minutes, and the yams are ready. (If using an instant pot cook for 10 minutes after full pressure is reached.)
  • Garnish with salt and pepper and serve.

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  • Scrub the Purple Yams to remove any dirt and mud.
  • Cut into halves and then peel the skin, this is easier than trying to peel the skin off the whole yam.
  • Add a little salt to the cooker to enhance the flavor. 
Pinterest image of Slices of Kand or Konfal served on a white plate.
Pinterest image of Purple Yam served on a white plate.
Cut purple yam a blue chopping board and purple yams sprinkled with salt and pepper on a white plate.

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