Dahiwale Baingan and Arbi is a yoghurt based curry with brinjal and Colocasia or Taro root. Arbi or Colocasia is known as Seppankizhangu or Seppenkilangu in Tamil, Chembu in Malayalam, Chamadumpa in Telugu and Kesuvinagadde in Kannada. The root vegetable pairs well with brinjal and curd. Dahiwale Baingan and Arbi can be served with parathas or rice.
1. Remove stems of the brinjals and cut each into 4 pieces, lengthwise.
2. Soak in water until further use.
3. Similarly, peel the arbi, wash well and cut each lengthwise into pieces. Put aside.
4. Heat oil in a kadhai, add onion and fry until golden brown. Mix in the ginger and garlic pastes and fry for another 1 minute.
5. Add arbi along with chilli powder, turmeric, and coriander seeds powder.
6. Saute for 5 mins. over medium heat.
7. Take yoghurt in a large bowl, add besan and salt along with half cup of water. Whisk well and gradually add to the arbi, stirring continuously.
8. Drain excess water from the brinjals and add to the curry. Bring to a boil, reduce flame, cover and leave to simmer until the vegetables become tender and the curry thickens (for about 30 minutes). Stir occasionally.
9. Add green chillies, bring to a boil and remove from flame.
10. Serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves and accompanied by rice/parathas.
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