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Khatti Arbi/Tangy Taro roots

A spicy and tangy gravy made of Taro roots/Arbi ,tamarind and tomatoes.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 Cup Arbi /Taro roots(½ lb)
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red chili powder(I prefer kashmiri )
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Tamarind juice /Pulp(you can add lemon juice as well but that wont be having this effect )
  • 1 Tsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 Cloves
  • I stick Cinnamon
  • 2+ 2 Tbsp for frying the arbi and making the curry .
  • Salt According to taste.
  • 1 Tsp Kasoori methi


  • Take Taro roots and after peeling them cut them into length wise.(Big pieces)
  • Take a pan ,add half of the oil and fry Arbi till they are red/pink.(You can make this in pressure cooker or instant pot )Since I wanted to show you the process I did it in a pan and later pressure cook it for 2 minute.
  • Keep it aside in a plate .
  • Take another clean pan.Add rest of the oil .heat it then add cinnamon ,cumin seeds and cloves to it . fry it for 1 minute and till they are pink .(it shouldn't be brown)
  • Add chopped onion ,ginger and garlic . Fry it till the onions look cooked but not very brown.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and fry t for 2-3 minutes more .
  • Let it cool and then grind it into a paste .
  • Add masala paste to the pan again.
  • Add coriander powder ,chili powder,turmeric powder to it . .
  • Add fried Arbi to it and mix it thoroughly.
  • Add water for your desired consistency.
  • Now add tamarind juice /Pulp to it. Mix it well.
  • Add Garam masala ,salt to it.
  • Transfer this into a pressure cooker or instant pot and cook till 2 whistles. For instant pot it will be 2 minutes on pressure cook mode.
  • After its done remove the lid and add kasoori methi to it .
  • Adjust the seasoning and serve with hot rice or bread.
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