Maddi or Arvi Ambat

maddi or arvi ambat
A Konkani Arum or Colocasia coconut Curry - less spicy, easy, simple yet tasty.    Maddi in Konkani is just another version of Colocasia root or Arbi or Arvi.

Arum Root/Taro Root/Colocasia Root -  500 gms
Onion - 1 medium
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Dry Red Chillies (Byadagi variety) - 8
Coriander seeds - 11/2 tbsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind - small pebble size

How to cook Arbi or Maddi Ambat:
1. Peel the arum and dice it into bite sized pieces.  While cutting arum, apply few drops of oil to your hands to avoid itching sensation.  Cook the arum pieces in 1 - 2 cups water till soft.
arbi or arvi or arum
2. Heat about 1 - 2 tsp oil in a pan.  Roast the red chillies for 2 - 3 minutes at low flame or till they turn crisp.  Keep them aside.  Roast the coriander seeds with few drops of oil till they turn slightly brown and aromatic.
3. Grind roasted red chillies, roasted coriander seeds, grated coconut, turmeric and tamarind to a fine paste using water.
4. Chop the onion into big pieces.
5. Heat a pan/skillet and add the ground paste.  Add salt, onions and cooked arum.  Continue cooking till onions turn soft and you get the desired consistency. 
6. Serve Maddi Ambat with steamed rice or roti/chapati or dosa.


  1. sabzi looks to have this with hot roti..yumm

  2. never made arum....looks very tasty....

  3. looks awesome ... never made anything with taro root ... may be I can start with your recipe :)

  4. Curry with taro root sounds very interesting and tempting Uma..

  5. this is completely new...sounds delish and healthy...wanna try...

  6. new to me, looks great. Have a great weekend Uma

  7. new recipe for me to cook taro root. Must be gr8 with rotis.

  8. looks delicious, nice coconut based gravy


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