Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Arvi Butter Masala (Colocasia Butter Masala)

Another easy but tasty recipe of Arvi Butter Masala the whole family will enjoy.


  • 1 pound Arbi or Colocasia
  • 1 tsp Ajwain
  • 1 cup chopped Tomato
  • 2 chopped Green Chilies
  • 1” Ginger piece
  • 4-5 Garlic pods
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Besan
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 green Cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp Kasuri Methi
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • Chopped Cilantro leaves to garnish


  • Peel, wash and slice the Arvi.
  • Heat oil in a Kadhai or Deep frying pan; fry Arvi pieces until golden brown; drain and keep aside for later use.
  • Prepare gravy: for this put tomatoes, ginger, garlic, green chili, red chili powder, cloves, green cardamoms and besan in a pan; add one cup of water. Boil and cook covered on low heat till it is reduced to a saucy consistency.
  • Remove the sauce from fire and blend in a mixer. Strain in a clean pan; keep aside for later use.
  • Now keep on fire the same pan, in which Arvi were fried. Add ajwain when oil is hot.
  • Add prepared tomato sauce, fried Arvi pieces, kasuri methi, butter and salt; simmer on low flame until the Arvi is coated with the gravy.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice and garam masala.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with Paratha or Roti.

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