Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alu Kanda / Arbi Masala

When you and your husband are brought up in totally different culture with varied food habits, it's a huge food language communication gap.
  1. He: Aloo , Me: Batata, We: Aloo (I know Gurls ko hi Adjust karna padta hain)
  2. He: Pyass, Me: Kanda, We: Kanda.. !!! yay!!
  3. He: Dhaniya, Me: Kothimbir, We: Kothimbir.. yay again!!
  4. He: Palak, Me: Palak, We: Palak !!! ha ha :D
  5. He: Arbi, Me:???, We: Googleeeee…!!

Ohh… It is Alu Kanda … I've no idea why we call it Alu Kanda cos it looks more like Batata… /:)

While searching I found this wonderful link, where I can fill up the GAP! :D
My mom prepares a very different Alu Kanda Masala Fry.. just remembered it when I read Divya's Arbi Fry.
It is prepared within 15 minutes so a very good side dish for take away in lunch box!

You Need:

Arbi/Alu Kanda : about ¼ kg
Sesame Seeds (Til): 2tbsp
Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds: 1tbsp
Cummin Seeds: 2tbsp
Turmeric Powder: ½ tsp
Red Chilli Powder: ½ tsp
Lemon: half
Asafetida : pinch
Salt to taste

You Do:

  1. Roast Cumin , Sesame and fenugreek Seeds on hot tava for couple of minutes. Then Grind it to make fine powder

  2. Peel the Alu Kanda and slice it as you want. (It's very sticky and slips from your hand while cutting)

  3. Heat Oil in kadhai, put pinch of Asafetida, then sliced Alu Kanda. Sauté it for few minutes then cover for 5 mins.
  4. Once half cooked , mix the grinded masala, salt, turmeric and red chili powder.
  5. Let it cook for more 5 mins, when done put the lemon and garnish with coriander if required.

Tastes very good with hot phulkas / chapatis!


  1. Welcome to the blogging world dear. U have a wonderful blog and nice write-up skill. LOL.. enjoyed ur write up very much:)
    This arbi fry seems so delicious. I welcome you to take part in the 'side dish for chapathi 'event . Cheers, Viki.

  2. @Viki,
    Thank you :) and yeah me will surely send couple of dishes for your wonderful event !

  3. Is that aarvi? Or is it navalkol? Cant figure out even from the picture... Ohh is it ratala? Sweet potato?

  4. @G,
    It is Arbi in Hindi and Alu Kanda in Marathi and in English : Colocassia!! Go Google search !

  5. planning on trying this dish today. If it doesn't turn ut well I have you to blame. Discussion at home brought us to this conversation when pop quoted "Arvi is made very well in Indore etc .. the thoda MP style".. when i promptly offered to try out ur recipe. will let u know the outcome.
    also a small correction: Fennel = badishop (marathi) / saunf (hindi) .. whereas methi = fenugreek
    i'm gonna use methi .. thank god u wrote methi else would've been a disaster with saunf.

  6. @Gauri,
    Thanks for stopping by ! and major thanks for correcting my glossary !
    Btw this is not Indori dish , its typical apun ka GSB Marathi Mom ka recipe !
    I think you tried this recipe and it did come out GOOD !


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