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Monday, 23 September 2013

Chembu/Colocasia/Arbi Masala Curry

This is simple kerala dish and i learned this recipe from my mom-in-law. This dish goes well with steamed rice, dosa and idli. Use coconut oil if possible, as it gives a nice taste to the dish.


10 Chembu/Colocasia/Arbi
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For grinding

2 tbsp Coconut Oil
5 - 6 Shallots/Small onion (cut into two)
3/4 cup Coconut (freshly grated)
6 - 7 Curry leaves
2 tsp Red chilli powder
4 tsp Coriander powder

For tempering

2 tbsp Coconut Oil
10 Shallots/Small Onion (finely chopped)
5 Curry leaves


  • Scrape off the skin of all the chembu and clean well in fresh water.
  • Cook chembu in a pressure cooker along with turmeric powder and salt.
  • For Grinding: In the mean time, heat oil in a kadai. Add small onion. After a minute, add grated coconut and curry leaves. Stir fry till the coconut starts to change its colour.
  • Now add red chilli powder and coriander powder. Stir fry for 1 minute or till the raw smell of the masala is gone.
  • Take off from flame and let it cool a bit. Grind it into a smooth paste, by adding little water.
  • When the chembu is nicely cooked, put the ground mixture into it. Mix well.
  • Adjust water and let it simmer for 2 - 3 minutes or till everything is nicely combined.
  • Take off from heat and keep aside.
  • For tempering: Heat oil in a kadai. Add small onion and curry leaves. Saute till the onion turns golden brown colour. 
  • Pour this tempering on the chembu masala curry and serve it hot with steamed rice, Idli or Dosa.

* I usually take the quantity of the ingredients as per my taste. So you can always adjust the spices as per your taste*

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Happy Cooking!!


  1. Lovely curry........goes well with steamed rice.........Perfectly made.

  2. Fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

  3. Many a times I thought of buying arbi n try it out... But never ever did tat! May be 'coz I only find frozen pack here :( This one looks tempting...

  4. Excellent! The best recipe on your blog so far! Love the recipe..Looks so yummy!!
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  5. The best food that I ever ate. I've enjoyed your blog dishes. It is always consistently delicious and a real treat to eat.
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