Achari Arbi (Colocasia in Pickle Masala)

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
Time: 30 minutes
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Soft arbi pieces in a lip-smacking, spicy achari masala. Arbi or colocasia is the perfect root vegetable for the winters. This easy to cook recipe is sure to appeal to even the pickiest eaters.


  • 300 gm arbi (colocasia or taro root)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1-2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Coriander leaves for garnish

Achari Masala

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (sarson)
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/4 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi dana)

Dry masala

  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp amchoor (dry mango) powder
  • 1 pinch hing (asafoetida)
  • Salt to taste


  • To begin, boil the arbi with a bit of salt until cooked. Peel and cut it into desired shape.
  • Heat oil in a karahi. Deep fry the arbi pieces until golden.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan to the smoking point and let it cool. Heat the oil again. Add in the achari masala – cumin seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, carom seeds, nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds, and let them crackle.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent.
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste and chopped green chillies and saute.
  • Add in the dry masalas – cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, amchoor powder, asafoetida, and salt to tate. Mix well. Add a bit of water so that the masalas don’t burn.
  • Add the fried arbi pieces and mix until well coated. If it looks too dry, you can add a bit of water. Check the salt and add more if required.
  • Cover it with a lid and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Achari arbi is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.



  • Try to purchase arbi pieces of the same size so that they cook evenly.

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Achari Arbi (Colocasia in Pickle Masala)