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Chembu/Arbi Fry

Chembu/Arbi Fry

 Here is a delicious fry with arbi/chembu/colocasia and is a great side dish with rice.It is very common in Kerala and is  grown in plenty in the backyard garden in almost every  home. There are a variety of dishes using chembu. But I like it best in sambar or simply boiled chembu with chamanthy. This fry is simple and spicy and is crispy in the outside and is now a family favorite.

Chembu/colocasia- 1/2 pound
chopped ginger- 1 tsp
Cumin- a pinch
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 3/4 tsp
Garam masala- 1/3 tsp

salt to taste
oil for frying

Wash and clean arbi and add to boiling water and cook till soft. Arbi should be completely immersed in water. Allow to cool down and peel off the skin and slice into thin pieces.
Heat 3 tsp of oil in a frying pan and add cumin and sliced ginger. Fry till there is a nice aroma .
Add turmeric powder and stir till the raw flavor disappears . Layer the arbi and allow it to brown up on one side and turn it over and fry the other side.
 Add all the spice powders and salt and saute it till it gets coated evenly. Close lid and cook for two minute so that the masalas gets cooked. Take off the lid and fry on both sides for one more minute. Serve with rice and rasam

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. This looks like an excellent side,love the native name-Chmebu,it sounds so cute:)

  2. Lovely recipe...I also make arbi fry but with some variation....Will try your version soon...

  3. Yummy yum delicious....drooling over the pictures!!

  4. This is one of my favorites..made it for lunch yesterday...your version looks and sounds very delicious

  5. seriously drooling here...gonna try this one for sure

  6. Oh,no Suja,you are torturing me badly.This is not fair dear.Amazing presentation as always.I love chembu too.Nice recipe.I have bookmarked.

  7. Looks tempting and delicious,its a good combo with rasam rice.

  8. interesting and delicious chembu fry, looks delicious dear, bookmarked it..

  9. What a dish,Nice Variation.Yumm teatime Snack Dear.

  10. Always heard abt it but never tried it but ur pic makes me want to try it

  11. Delicious..I just fry them with salt and chilli powder.. But this dish looks tempting..

  12. These are the favorite way of eating arbi... Have one recipe in my space too...
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  13. gr8 recipe, what an awesome click.

  14. I really enjoyed. Love it.


  15. interesting and delicious arbi fry ..... glad to follow ur blog ........

  16. hi suja, looks very delicious and vory. i like this kind of food, unfortunately we dont have chembu over here. or may be a different name :)

  17. never heard about colocasia before... It looks crispy and delicious...

  18. Wow perfectly done !! looks wonderful !! loved it !!
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  19. Drooling over this picture..looks yummy nice and crispy.


  20. wow!! look at those fries..yyyummmmm i never have tried like this before.. thanks fo sharing :)

  21. Arbi looks so crisp and yum...simply delicious...I even loved your caramel pecan cake.

  22. Seriously u r killing me with ur clicks, drooling over that super tempting arbi fry..

  23. Ummm.. love it.. reminds me of home :) Looks yummy..

  24. nice recipe pinne tazhe ulla cake recipe enthaylum try cheyyunnundu ketto kandittu kshema illa

  25. I've been waiting to hit your space to gorge on all that I missed. And you didn't disappoint, as usual. Chembu is one of my favorite veggies. Actually, I love all root veggies. Let me go catch up on the rest of your beautiful posts :)

  26. Kothiyayitu vayyallo...super !!

  27. Love love love this Suja!!! looks so delicious!! wanna garb it now

  28. wow just love this ...looks so good going to try this soon :)

  29. love this recipe and gonna try it soon.

  30. wow...looks so crsipy and fry erikkunna poole thonnunnu...:)


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