Simple Arbi Fry

Simple Arbi Fry made by boiling arbi (taro roots) and then stir-frying it with spices.

This stir-fry pairs well with dal and roti.

spiced arbi fry served in a brown bowl, garnished with cilantro and a twig of cilantro and curry leaves placed in the background

I don’t cook arbi as often as I would like to.

I think the reason behind that is that I can find arbi only at Indian stores and usually I don’t buy vegetables from there and hence arbi doesn’t make an appearance in my kitchen regularly.

Arbi for those who don’t know is the Hindi name for taro root. It has a subtle sweet taste and often used in savory recipes in India.

One of the things that my mom used to make with arbi was this simple arbi fry or arbi masala.

The arbi fry was simpler with just few ingredients while for the masala she added onion, tomatoes and more spices.

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite ways to cook arbi- this simple arbi fry.

It is a super simple recipe where arbi is first boiled and then pan fried and cooked with the spices.

This Arbi Fry

✓ is vegan and gluten-free

✓ makes a great side with rice and dal or roti

✓ makes a nice change when you are bored of eating the same veggies

My way of cooking arbi is a little elaborate. Meaning I boil the arbi first, then pan fry it and then mix it with the spices.

I like it this way. But you can definitely skip the pan frying stuff and directly toss the arbi with spices after boiling it.

Arbi is a starchy vegetable so I like to pan fry it first to make it brown and crisp, you can do whatever way you want.

If you don’t care about it being brown, simply skip the pan frying part.

The ingredients are pretty simple, I don’t add any onion, garlic or tomato to this arbi fry. It is just the spices tossed with ginger, curry leaves and then finished with cilantro.

This pairs so well with roti or paratha. I also love to eat it with rice and dal.

I always thought that this style of arbi was so similar to aloo bhujia which mom cooked way more often. The arbi definitely made for a nice change!

 

Method

1- First wash arbi nicely with water. Bring a pot of water to boil. Once it starts boiling, add the arbi to it.

Boil for 12 to 15 minutes until you are able to insert a fork inside the arbi. You want it boiled but not over-boiled (not mushy).

Time will depend on size of arbi, the smaller ones may boil in 10 minutes, since my arbis were large they took around 15 minutes.

2- Rinse under cold water and let it cool down. Then peel the skin and cut the arbi into slices. Some people cut them round, I prefer cutting them lengthwise- 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide.

3- Heat 1.5 tablespoon oil in a pan. Once oil is hot, add the cut arbis to it.

4- Fry arbi on medium heat for around 10 minutes, 5 minutes each side until they are nicely golden brown. Remove the pan fried arbi from the pan and set aside..

step by step picture collage of making arbi fry

5- To the same pan now add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and then ajwain. Let the seeds sizzle.

6- Add the ginger, chili and curry leaves. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the ginger starts changing color.

7- Add in the pan-fried arbi and mix. Now, add all the spices – turmeric, red chili, coriander, amchur, along with salt. Sprinkle very little water (like 1 to 2 teaspoons) just so that the spices stick to the arbi nicely. Toss to combine everything.

8- Let the arbi cook for 2 to 3 more minutes on low heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve Arbi Fry with roti and dal.

step by step picture collage of making arbi fry

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Simple Arbi Fry

Arbi (Taro root) cooked with Indian spices makes a simple side dish which is also vegan and gluten-free. Pair with dal, rice for a complete meal.

spiced arbi fry served in a brown bowl, garnished with cilantro and a twig of cilantro and curry leaves placed in the background
Course Sides
Cuisine Indian
Keyword arbi fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 344 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients

  • 12 large arbi, taro root, around 700-800 grams
  • 2.5 tablespoon oil, divided, I used avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ajwain, carom seeds
  • 1 green chili, chopped, or add more to taste
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chili powder, or add more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon amchur, dried mango powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • cilantro, to garnish

Instructions

  1. First wash arbi nicely with water. Bring a pot of water to boil. Once it starts boiling, add the arbi to it.

    Boil for 12 to 15 minutes until you are able to insert a fork inside the arbi. You want it boiled but not over-boiled (not mushy).

    Time will depend on size of arbi, the smaller ones may boil in 10 minutes, since my arbis were large they took around 15 minutes.

  2. Rinse under cold water and let it cool down. Then peel the skin and cut the arbi into slices. Some people cut them round, I prefer cutting them lengthwise- 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide.

  3. Heat 1.5 tablespoon oil in a pan. Once oil is hot, add the cut arbis to it.

  4. Fry arbi on medium heat for around 10 minutes, 5 minutes each side until they are nicely golden brown. Remove the pan fried arbi from the pan and set aside..

  5. To the same pan now add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and then ajwain. Let the seeds sizzle.

  6. Add the ginger, chili and curry leaves. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the ginger starts changing color.

  7. Add in the pan-fried arbi and mix. Now, add all the spices - turmeric, red chili, coriander, amchur, along with salt. Sprinkle very little water (like 1 to 2 teaspoons) just so that the spices stick to the arbi nicely. Toss to combine everything.

  8. Let the arbi cook for 2 to 3 more minutes on low heat.

  9. Garnish with cilantro and serve Arbi Fry with roti and dal.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you don't have amchur powder, just add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in the end. 
  2. You can skip the part of pan frying the boiled arbi first. After boiling the arbi, slice it and then proceed to the step of adding the oil followed by cumin seeds, ajwain and so on.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Arbi Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 355mg15%
Potassium 1365mg39%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 251IU5%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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