For a long time, I knew of 3 ways in which I could make Arbi (Colocasia). I could make Seppankizhangu Fry (Deep Fried), Seppankizhangu Karumadhu, and Seppankizhangu Mor Koottu. All Tamil dishes. So, I'd buy the vegetable only if I knew I was going to make Sambar sometime soon. I never thought I could make a side dish to go with rotis.
When I came across this recipe, I was a bit skeptical about how well it would pair with rotis given how dry it looked. I was pleasantly surprised when not only did I think my lunch was great, my colleagues kept picking pieces off my plate, and S called from work to say, "You should make this more often!"
As with most Rajasthani recipes here, this is also adapted from the Rajasthani Cookbook by Tarla Dalal.
250 g Colocasia (Arbi/ Seppankizhangu), boiled, peeled and quartered
1/4 tsp Carom Seeds
1/4 tsp Mustard
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
Juice of 1 Lime
1 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Oil for deep/shallow frying
Shallow fry or deep fry the arbi pieces and keep aside.
Heat the teaspoon of oil. Add the carom and mustard seeds. When the mustard splutters, add the fried arbi pieces, turmeric, chilli and coriander powders, salt and lime juice. Mix well.
Serve hot with rotis.
I deep fried as I made it in the morning when I was short of time. I didn't want to shallow fry then as it really is time consuming. This is off to Padmaja at Spicy Andhra as my second entry to the RCI Rajasthan - Flavours of the Desert event.