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Friday, February 10, 2017

Tamatar Wali Arbi Sabji-Tomato Colocasia Recipe-Taro Root Curry with Tomatoes

Taro root or colocasia is known as "seppankilangu" in Tamil. Usually most South Indians make either seppankilangu roast or curry or add it to buttermilk kulambu (mor kulambu) or aviyal, but this is a very different recipe with seppankilangu. I happened to taste this in one of the guest house we stayed and loved it a lot. I got the recipe from the cook there and tried it at home. This arbi sabji goes well with both rice and roti. Today we will learn how to make Tomato Colocasia following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Tamatar Wali Arbi Sabji-Taro root with tomatoes

Tamatar Wali Arbi Sabji

Tamatar Wali Arbi Sabji

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Taro root
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Taro root (arbi) - 10-12 or 1/4 kg
   Oil - 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp
   Onion - 2 medium size
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Tomato - 2 big ones
   Salt to taste

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 3/4 - 1 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
   Kitchen king masala powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
   Dry mango powder/amchur powder - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Pressure cook taro root with enough water for 1 whistle. Cooking time varies depending on the quality of taro root. Some may get cooked in 1 whistle. Some may take a little longer. If you find the arbi not cooked properly after 1 whistle, cook without the whistle after that. The taro root or arbi has to be cooked until fork tender. It should not be mushy.

Once cook drain the water, put them in cold water for sometime. Leave it to cool. Then peel the skin and cut it into roundels.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil and add the cooked taro root. Holding the handle of the pan, toss the taro root to mix it. Avoid using spatula to mix it. Roast until lightly browned. Keep it aside.

arbi sabji recipe


Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds,when it sizzles, add thinly sliced onions and curry leaves.

sauteing onions

Saute until onions turn light brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

seppankilangu thakkali curry

Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, kitchen king masala powder, dry mango powder and salt needed.

arbi sabji

Cook until tomatoes becomes mushy and oil separates. If it is too dry, you may add 1-2 tbsp of water.

Tamatar Wali Arbi

Once the tomatoes are cooked well, add the taro root and mix well.

Cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat and switch off the heat. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Taro Root with Tomatoes

Serve with rice or roti.

My Lunch Menu - Tamatar wali arbi - Paruppu Rasam - Aloo bhindi sabji - phulkas - pickle - rice - curd and sliced raw tomatoes.

Indian Lunch Ideas

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  1. I have never cooked taro root this way. Will definitely try. I'm sure it will taste yum like all your recipes! Thanks Padma!

  2. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing these recipes. I have been following your blog for sometime and you inspire me to cook.

  3. Never tried this type of side dish with seppa kezhangu . Will definitely try and send u pics

  4. This seems to be a different. I will try.


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