Arbi – Chana Dal Curry

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Arbi or colocasia, the  root vegetable with many health benefits  makes numerous dishes. It’s nutritrituous values make it a super food.The dish arbi-chana dal curry, which I am going to share today, is very unique  as well as amazingly tasty.
This is an authentic Punjabi dish whose roots are in undivided Punjab.This is my grandmom’s recipe(almost lost today) and I still can feel the flavour of this dish made by her.She used to slow cook this dish and the unique taste used to come with the slow  cooking method prepared in a kadahi. There was no compromise with the time and It took two hours to complete the whole process !!


This is my honest try to follow the same process but in a pressure cooker( we can’t touch the patience and passion they had!!)..I have used all the ingredients she cooked with including 7-8 spices which make this dish so relishable.For this dish it is necessary to fry the arbi first to avoid it getting sticky and followed by an aromatic tadka and add of chana dal to cook everything together completes the process

Course – Main Course

Cuisine – Indian

 Prep Time – 30 Min

 Cook Time – 40 Min

 Total Time – 75 Min

 Yield – 5 Servings

 Author – Bharti Dhawan

  Ingredients

1- Arbi / colocasia – 500 gms (peeled and washed)
2- Chana dal – 1 cup or 100 gms (washed and soaked for 30 minutes)
3- Chopped onions – 1/4 cup
4- Chopped tomatoes – 1/4 cup
5- Chopped ginger, garlic and green chilly – 1 tsp each
6- Any cooking Oil – 3 tbsp
7- Salt – 2 tsp or to taste
8- Red chilly powder – 2 tsp
9- Coriander powder – 2 tsp
10 Haldi or turmeric powder – 2 tsp
11- Dry mango powder /aamchur- 2 tsp
12- Cumin/jeera – 2 tsp
13- Carom/ajwain seeds – 2 tsp
14- Asfoitida/heeng powder – 1 tsp
15- Juice of 1 lemon
16- Some fresh coriander leaves

 Instructions

1- Cut each arbi into two pieces lengthwiseHeat oil in a cooker and add arbi
Fry them at medium flame till golden brown.When fried take them out and keep aside and prepare for tadka

2- In the same oil add chopped onions, ginger, green chilly and garlic and sauté. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well

3- Add salt, cumin, carom seeds and all the dry spices mentioned above and mix well. Add chana dal and 5 cups of water.

4- Time to add fried arbi and mix everything. Close the lid and pressure cook the dish for 10 minutes or till 5 whistles

5- Tasty arbi-chana dal curry is ready. Sprinkle some lemon juice and fresh coriander     leaves before serving the dish with roti or rice

The recipe is step by step with images below

Cut each arbi into two pieces lengthwise.Soak chana dal for 30 minutes

Heat oil in a cooker and add arbi.Fry them till golden brown.When fried take them out and keep aside

In the same oil add chopped onions, ginger, green chilly and garlic and sauté

Add chopped tomatoes and mix well

Add salt and all the dry spices mentioned above and mix well

Add chana dal and 5 cups of water.Also add fried arbi and mix everything

Close the lid and pressure cook the dish for 10 minutes or till 5 whistles

Sprinkle some lemon juice and fresh coriander leaves before serving the dishYummy and unique arbi -chana dal curry is ready to serve with roti or rice

 

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