arbi is a regular root veggie at home. so most of the times with arbi i make the sukhi/dry arbi and sometimes this curry.
arbi is the hindi name for colocasia or taro roots. in this dahi wali arbi recipe, the arbi is cooked with the masala and yogurt. the spice which has a dominant aroma and flavor in this curry is carom seeds/ajwain.
the recipe can also be made without yogurt and still tastes good. when there is no yogurt, i make the recipe by adding some extra tomatoes to the arbi. below pic is of sliced arbi soaking in salted water.
this is again my mils recipe and this is how i have learned to make this punjabi dahi wali arbi from her. the dish goes well with phulkas or chapatis. even tastes good with rice. if you are looking for more yogurt based taro root curries, then there is already one recipe here on this link – dahi arbi
the method and preparation of both these arbi curries are different and so is the taste & flavor.
note: if making this for the navratri season, then skip the onions & garlic. vegans can make the same curry with cashew curd. i haven’t tried it yet, but i did try cashew curd in other indian recipes and it worked really well.
dahi wali arbi recipe details are below:
- 200 or 250 gms arbi/colocasia or taro roots
- ½ cup yogurt, beaten
- 1 medium size onion, chopped finely
- 3 medium size tomatoes, chopped finely
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ or ⅔ tsp ajwain/carom seeds
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- 2 or 2.5 cups water
- 2 tbsp oil
- rock salt or black salt or regular salt
- first wash the arbi to remove all the mud from them.
- now oil your palms before you peel and slice the arbi.
- they can be itchy when slicing, so to avoid that oil your palms.
- peel the arbi and cut each arbi vertically into two or four pieces.
- soak them in salted water for 30 minutes.
- in a pan or pressure cooker heat oil.
- first fry the ajwain seeds.
- then add the onions and fry till transparent.
- now add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of the paste goes away.
- add the chopped tomatoes and stir.
- also add all the dry spice powders.
- saute the till oil starts to leaves the masala.
- drain the arbi and add them to the masala.
- saute for 1-2 minutes.
- now add the yogurt and stir.
- add water and salt.
- mix well.
- cover the pan or the pressure cooker and cook the arbi till done.
- for cooking in pressure cooker, cook for approx 4-6 whistles or till the arbi becomes soft and well cooked.
- garnish with coriander leaves.
- serve hot with some rotis or phulkas.
you can also puree the tomatoes instead of chopping them.
skip the onion-garlic for a no onion no garlic version.
use vegan yogurt like cashew curd to veganize the dish.
use fresh yogurt so that it does not curdle.
if you want the curry to be a little thick then just cook it without lid till you get the consistency you want.
you can also adjust the spice powders as per your taste. for a more spicier version, increase the amount of red chili powder.