Arbi ki Sabzi is delicious curry made during fasting with colocasia cooked in a mint based gravy. This curry can be made on regular days also where you can use the regular salt in place of rock salt. This Arbi ki Sabzi is one of the simple recipe that goes well with steamed rice or roti, paratha .Arbi/colocasia/taro root is a tuber vegetable which is very good in fiber , very high in vitamin C and E ,both of which are anti-oxidants and has zero cholesterol .
Shravan month is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus who abstain from eating non vegetarian food and observe fast on every Monday during this month. The main aim of fasting is to detoxify your body and learn self-control. Therefore, following a proper diet makes you healthier.
During these fasts people avoid eating non veg foods, grains, alcohol, onion, garlic etc as these foods attract and absorb negative energies . You can have fresh vegetables, milk, yogurt,foxnuts, rock salt, buckwheat flour, water chestnut flour as these are light on the stomach and can be digested easily. Fasting norms are quit different from region to region .If you want to know about the rules and regulations followed during fasting , you can refer here.
Ingredients for Vrat wale Arbi ki Sabzi:
- 500gms boiled Arbi/colocasia/taro root
- 1/4th cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
- 2 to 3 green chillies
- 1 tsp amchoor powder or dry mango powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- Rock salt to taste
- 1/2 inch cinnamon
- 2 green cardamom
- 2 cloves
- 2 tbsp Oil or Ghee
- warm water
- Pressure cook the colocasia roots for 1 or 2 whistles ,peel the skin from the colocasia roots and make sure you do not overcook them, they should be cooked but firm. Keep aside to cool. You can also peel the skin first and then boil in salted water till they are done.
- Wash and grind mint,corinader and green chilies into a paste.
- Dry roast the cinnamon, cloves,green cardamom and once cool, grind to a fine powder and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and add the peeled colocasia and fry on both sides till the outer skin turns a bit brown.Remove from heat and keep aside.
- In the same pan, add cumin and when it start crackling add the mint paste.Stir fry till it start giving a nice aroma.
- Now add turmeric powder, dry mango powder, salt in it and stir.Add the fried arbis and gently mix.
- Add 1/2 cup of warm water and simmer till the gravy thickens. Sprinkle the powdered garam masala and serve hot as a side dish with some roti, paratha or rice.