Seppankilangu Varuval / Arbi/ Taro / Colocasia Roast


            Colocasia/ Taro/seppankilangu/Arbi is a starchy root vegetable which is widely consumed in Asia, India and south America. This vegetable can be used for roasting, baking or deep-frying. I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, who is a great cook. This dish is very simple to make with oil and spices. Its great to eat with sambhar rice or rasam rice or curd rice. But I love to eat with beetroot sambhar. You can find two colocasia recipes here. One is roasted and other one is deep-fried.


          3 Big Colocasia
          2-3 Tbsp of Oil
          1/2 Tsp of Fennel Seeds/Sombhu
          1/2 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
          1/4 Tsp of Garam Masala
          1 and 1/2 Tsp of Red Chilly Powder or Sambhar Powder
          Salt as needed



  • Wash and pressure cook colocasia with 1 cup of water and wait for 2 whistles. Switch off the stove.
  • Wash in cold water and peel the skin and cut into small cubes. Keep it aside.

  • In a bowl, marinate the colocasia pieces, turmeric powder, sambhar powder and salt. Wait for 5 mins so that colocasia absorbs the masala.

  • Take a non-stick pan with oil, add the marinated colocasia and fry for 5 mins. Add fennel and garam masala. Mix well. Cook for 7-10 mins in medium- low flame until it is dark-golden brown and crispy. once it done, switch off the flame.

  • Seppankilanghu or Colocasia Roast is  ready to serve.

                                       DEEP FRIED TARO/ COLOCASIA


        3 Big Colocasia
        1/2 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
        1 and 1/2 Tsp of Red Chilly Powder
        Salt to taste
        Oil for deep frying




  • Wash and pressure cook colocasia with 1 cup of water and wait for 2 whistles. Switch off the stove.


  • Peel the skin and cut into small cubes.Keep the bowl in fridge for 30 mins.
  • Take a shallow pan with oil , deep fry the colocasia pieces until it turns light brown colour on both sides.

  • Put all the colocasia pieces in a bowl contains turmeric, chilly powder and salt. Mix well while it is hot so that colocasia absorbs all masala
  • Take a tawa, place all the pieces and cook on both sides until you find black spots.

  • Deep fried colocasia is ready to serve.


  • Good accompaniment  for sambhar or rasam or curd rice.
  • You can add more chilly powder for extra spiciness.
  • You can add rice flour while marinating the colocasia for extra crispness.
  • Make sure that colocasia are not in pressure cooker for not more than 2 whistles otherwise it turns mushy.

   Health Benefits of Colocasia

  • Colocasia are high in calories than potatoes.
  • Free from gluten.
  • Finest source of dietary fibers.
  • Rich in Vitamin A, C, B, E, K and minerals and anti-oxidants.
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