Traditional Arbi ki Kadhi, this simple curry of colocasia in yogurt gravy from Chattisgarh cuisine, is a delicious treat with hot rice and ghee or with roti. Easy to make and has very little oil or spice and is yet so tasty!
Author: Sujata Shukla
5-6mediumarbi /colocasia rootabout ½ cup when boiled, peeled and sliced
2tablespoonsChickpea flour (Basen)
1/8teaspoonturmeric powdera large pinch
1/2teaspoonsaltor to taste
½ - 1tablespoonsunflower oilor ghee, as preferred
1/2teaspoonJeera Cumin seeds
1green chillior to taste
A fewcurry leaves
1mediumonionabout ¼ cup when sliced
1/2teaspoonred chilli powder
1/2cupwateror as required to thin the kadhi
Preparation for Arbi ki Kadhi
Wash the arbi well to remove any grits or mud. Drain and pressure cook in water to cover it, for 3 whistles and then remove from the stove.
When the cooker is ready, drain and peel the arbi. Slice into narrow rounds. Set aside till required.
Meanwhile, while the arbi cooks, beat the curd and add to it the chickpea flour (basen), turmeric, cumin powder and salt. Whisk till smooth. If the curd is thick and you prefer it thinner, add a little water (2-3 tablespoons) and whisk it well. Set aside till required.
Slice the onions small. Slice the green chillies.
I usually mince the curry leaves too, so they get eaten instead of the nutritious leaves being discarded on the plate.
How to make Arbi ki Kadhi
Heat a pan and add oil (or ghee, as preferred). I used sunflower oil, but any vegetable oil would suit.
When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, let them crackle. Add cumin seeds, keeping the stove on low heat.
Continuing to keep the heat low, add green chillies and let them sputter.
Add curry leaves - Fresh curry leaves usually sputter and crackle when added to hot oil, so step away as you do when chilies are added.
Add the slices of onion and sauté till the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally so they do not catch at the bottom of the pan.
Add the slices of peeled arbi (colocasia). Add the red chilli powder. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes in the spices already in the pan, stirring briskly so that the arbi is coated with the spices. The arbi is already boiled, so it does not need to cook for long, however let the raw smell of the chilli dissipate.
Keeping the stove on low heat, add the curd you have kept ready with flour, turmeric, cumin powder and salt. Whisk it again and if thick, add a tablespoon of water. Bring to a slow boil. Keep it on a simmer for 5 minutes till the raw smell of the flour goes away, and then remove the pan from the stove. Transfer the arbi ki kadhi immediately from the hot pot to a serving vessel and serve with rice or with chapatis.