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Arbi Masala is a very delicious way of making arbi, and even people who generally don't like the vegetable will like this dish a lot.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: dum gravy, How to make Dum Arbi?, How to make seppankizhangu gravy?
Yield: 5 People


  • 500 grams Colacacia Arbi in Hindi, Seppankizhangu in Tamil
  • 1 Onion Finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato Chopped
  • 4 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chilly Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Green Chilly Finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger Finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Curd
  • 1/2 tsp Kasoori Methi
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt To taste


  • In a cooker, boil the colacacia for 1 whistle. Peel the skin, and if the pieces are too big, cut it into 2 halves or any suitable size.
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadai. Add 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp red chilly powder.
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  • Add the boiled colacacia and mix well.
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  • Add salt and cook till the spices coat the pieces well and colacacia becomes little crisp.
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  • Transfer these to a different vessel and keep it aside.
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  • In the same kadai, heat 2 tsp oil and add cumin seeds.
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  • Once it splutters add onions.
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  • Add green chilly and ginger, and saute till the onions turn translucent.
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  • Add 1 tsp red chilly powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, little salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. Cook well for 2 to 3 minutes.
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  • Add 1/4 cup water and let it boil for 2 minutes.
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  • Add the chopped tomatoes and little more salt. Mix well and cook till tomatoes turn mushy and oil releases from the sides.
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  • Add curd and mix well.
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  • Add 1/2 cup of water again and boil till the gravy slightly thickens and oil separates.
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  • Add the roasted colacacia. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
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  • Add kasoori methi. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
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  • Switch off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves. Your Dum Arbi is ready
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