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Chamadumpa / Arbi Fry (Air Fryer & Stove Top)

Simple, few ingredients, Starter / Side dish from South Indian cuisine. Recipe below has both Air-fryer and Stove-top methods with step wise pics, tips.

Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:10 mins   CookTime:10 mins   Cuisine:Indian


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Chamadumpa / Arbi fry is my next try with air-fryer. This is a very simple and straight forward recipe learnt from my dear Mom.

I tried the same recipe using stove-top and even with air-fryer. I found the air-fryer gave an excellent output. Each and every piece was perfectly crispy on outside and soft from inside. 

My kids just adored it, and they were asking to make such stir fries only with air-fryer. And ya, my 100% vote for this stir fry in air-fryer. But, I wouldn’t say the stove-top version wasn’t good enough. Its equally tasty, but for crispiness air-fryer does the best! Pictures below, shall speak more!! 🙂 

Table of Contents:

  1. Possible Alterations for the recipe, ‘Arbi / Taro Root Fry (Stove Top, Air Fryer)’:
  2. Health Benefits of ‘Chamadumpa Vepudu / Arbi Roast / Taro Root Fry’:
  3. Other recipes from my blog:
  4. Short Video showing ‘Chamadumpa Vepudu / Arbi Fry / Taro Root Roast’
  5. Step wise pics Procedure for ‘Arbi / Chamadumpa Fry (Stove Top, Air Fryer Methods)’:
  6. Prep Work (common for both methods):
  7. Stove Top Method Cooking:
  8. Air Fryer Method Cooking:
  9. Tips:
  10. Result:
  11. Ingredients, Accessories on ‘AMAZON’ to ‘SHOP’:
  12. Recipe Card & Print:

    Possible Alterations for the recipe, ‘Arbi / Taro Root Fry (Stove Top, Air Fryer)’:

    Boiling Arbi / Taro Root in Instant Pot:  Yes, you can use Instant Pot for boiling the taro roots/arbi. Set the mode to PRESSURE COOK, pressure level to HIGH, time to 5 mins, NPR (natural pressure release). Just refer to this link for full details about to boil them>> Spicy Baby Potato Roast (Instant Pot / Stove Top)

    Other spices to add: Along with the red chilli powder, you can add any of these>> ½ teaspoon of Amchur Powder (or) ½ teaspoon of South Indian curry powder (or) 1 teaspoon of Spice Mix for Roasted Veg / Vepudu Karam Podi.

    Deep Frying: For the stove top method in order reduce the use of oil, I have opted for pan fry method. But if you are fine with deep frying, deep fry the arbi cubes. And then use them in a separate pan to coat with the spices.

    Health Benefits of ‘Chamadumpa Vepudu / Arbi Roast / Taro Root Fry’:

    Arbi, in Hindi / Chamadumpa in Telugu is called as Colocasia / Taro roots in English. Its a root vegetable, with a high level of carbohydrates, very much useful for increasing immunity levels and clears indigestion.

    Using Air Fryer: This is an added advantage as the air fryer uses very little oil when compared to the stove top method. And the dish turned out more crispy in the air fryer.

    To conclude, this dish is high in carbs, low in fat (oil, butter) but exclusively useful as an immunity booster. It can be perfect for, travel as it stays good at room temperature for 3-4 days.

    Other recipes from my blog:

    Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips  mentioned at the end.

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    Ingredients:

    • Whole Arbi / Chemadumpa / Taro Root – 10 small size
    • Cooking Oil – 3 tablespoons (for stovetop method)
    • Cooking Oil – 1 teaspoon (for air-fryer method)
    • Besan / Chickpea flour / Senagapindi – 3 tablespoons
    • Red Chilli Powder – 2 teaspoons
    • Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon
    • Salt – as per taste
    • Water – ¼ cup
    • Curry Leaves – 10 (optional)

    Special Ingredients:

    • Curry Leaves
    • Besan / Chickpea flour / Senagapindi

    Short Video showing ‘Chamadumpa Vepudu / Arbi Fry / Taro Root Roast’

    Step wise pics Procedure for ‘Arbi / Chamadumpa Fry (Stove Top, Air Fryer Methods)’:

    Prep Work (common for both methods):

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    Wash the whole arbi / chamadumpa thoroughly 3-4 times. Steam Cook them in a stove top pressure cooker by adding ¼ cup of water for 3 whistles. When pressure is released, peel the skin off and cut them into cubes. (See TIPS for option-2)

    Stove Top Method Cooking:

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    Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame, add the oil and pieces of arbi / chamadumpa.
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    Add the curry leaves, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and besan / gram flour into the pan. Keep stirring until everything gets together. Just takes 3-4 mins.
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    Switch the flame off and transfer Arbi / Chamadumpa fry into a serving bowl. Done!

    Air Fryer Method Cooking:

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    Sprinkle the salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and besan / chickpea / gram flour onto the cut arbi / chamadumpa pieces. Give a gentle mix.
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    Spray the oil / brush oil throughout the air-fryer’s mesh. Gently place the coated veg pieces on the air-fryer mesh.
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    Cook for 8-9 mins on one side, at 200ºC/390ºF. Turn the pieces to the other side and cook again for 5-6 mins at same 200ºC/390ºF.
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    Transfer the veggie into a serving bowl. Done!

    Tips:

    • Option-2 for cooking arbi / chamadumpa, Take them in a sauce pan filled with water such that the arbi / chamadumpa is completely dipped in, and boil on high flame for 10 mins.
    • Adjust the salt & spice as per your taste.
    • 200ºC is same as 390ºF approximately.
    • Set the air-fryer timings according to the crispiness of the arbi pieces, as per your taste.
    • Oil-spray after reversing the veggies can be done, or can be eliminated.
    • This, Chamadumpa / arbi fry (both air-fryer & stove-top methods) stays good up to 4-5 days at room temperature. Its a perfect travel food.

    Result:

    • This, Chamadumpa / arbi fry (both air-fryer & stove-top methods), made a perfect pair & tasted awesome with steamed hot rice topped with homemade ghee / butter.
    • These make an excellent starter in any party / gathering, just serve with a dip beside.

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    Chamadumpa / Arbi / Taro Root / Colacosia Fry (Air-fryer & Stove-top)

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    Simple, few ingredients, Starter / Side dish from South Indian cuisine, with both Air-fryer, Stove-top versions.
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 10 mins
    Total Time 20 mins
    Course Accompaniment, Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
    Cuisine Indian, South Indian
    Servings 4 servings

    Equipment

    • Stove Top Pressure Cooker (or) Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
    • Frying pan (for stove-top method)
    • Air-Fryer for air-fryer method

    Ingredients
      

    • 10 small Whole Arbi / Chemadumpa / Taro Root
    • 3 tablespoons Besan / Chickpea flour / Senagapindi / Gram flour
    • 2 teaspoons Red Chilli Powder
    • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
    • teaspoon Salt (or as per taste)
    • ¼ cup Water
    • 10 count Curry Leaves (optional)
    • 3 tablespoons Cooking Oil  (for stove top method)
    • 1 teaspoon Cooking Oil (for air-fryer method)

    Instructions
     

    PREP WORK(common for both methods):

    • Wash the whole arbi / chamadumpa thoroughly 3-4 times.
      Steam Cook them in a pressure cooker by adding¼ cup of water for 3 whistles.
    • When pressure is released, peel the skin off and cut them into cubes.

    STOVE-TOP METHOD COOKING:

    • Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame, add the oil and all pieces of arbi / chamadumpa.
    • Add the curry leaves, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and besan / gram flour into the pan.
      Keep stirring until everything gets together. Just takes 3-4 mins.
    • Switch the flame off and transfer Arbi / Chamadumpa fry into a serving bowl. Done!

    AIR-FRYER METHOD COOKING:

    • Sprinkle the salt, red chilli powder, turneric powder and besan / chickpea / gram flour onto the cut arbi / chamadumpa pieces.
      Give a gentle mix.
    • Spray the oil / brush oil throughout the air-fryer’s mesh.
      Gently place the coated veg pieces on the air-fryer mesh.
    • Cook for 8-9 mins on one side, at 200ºC .
      Turn the pieces to the other side and cook again for 5-6 mins at same 200ºC.
    • Transfer the arbi fry into a serving bowl. Done!

    Notes

    Please see the MAIN POST for recipe with step wise PICS & TIPS!
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    2 comments

    1. Tried your arbi toast .. yummy !!! My lil one is so picky but he loved it a lot .. thanks a lot 😊

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