In Bengal, we use this root vegetable extensively in veg. and non-veg. preperations like in fish dishes with Prawn or Hilsa. Another favorite relish of Bengal, Kochu shager ghonto,(which is one of my favorite dish & my mom always makes it whenever I visit her) made from the stems of this plant.
But you have to careful before buying taro roots. Choose more whiter ones(as shown in the picture) than dark gray or blackish ones. As whiter ones cook faster than the blackish ones. And when cooking with stems and leaves, One must put oil on both hands as some leaves and stems are acidic and cause scratching.
Today the recipe I'm citing here is Kochu chingri(Shrimp with taro roots), is one of a kind shrimp preperation, very simple but very tasty. I always prepare this whenever I have both in hands, as both are in my favorite food items list.........
Shrimp(medium) : 12-15 pieces (Frozen or fresh)
Taro roots/arbi/kochu : 5-6 pcs.
Onion(medium) : 2 (chopped)
Ginger-garlic paste : 2 tblsp.
Chopped tomato : 2/3 cup
Green chillies : 2 (break in half)
Turmeric powder : 3 tsp.
cumin powder : 2 tsp.
Coriander powder : 1 tsp.
Chilli powder : 2 tsp. (adjust to your taste)
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Salt to taste
Oil(preferably mustard oil) : 3 tblsp.
Bengali Garam masala powder : 2 tsp.(Grind 2 cardamoms, 3 cloves & 1(1/2") cinnamon stick)
Coriander leaves for garnishing(optional)
For tempering : bayleaf 1, cardamoms 2, cloves 3 & Cinnamon stick 1(1")
- Cut taro roots/arbi in medium cube like chunks. If using frozen clean shrimps, then defrost, wash the shrimps well. if using fresh shrimps, then remove the hard shell, devein them and then wash properly. After washing marinate the shrimps with 1 tsp. of turmeric powder and a pinch of salt. Keep them aside for 10 minutes.
- Lightly shallow fry the shrimps until golden brown on both sides.Do not fry them for long time, then it tends to get hard and rubbery.
- In another pan, heat rest of the oil, add the tempering ingredients, wait for them to splutter, then add chopped onions and sugar. Fry onions until brown, then add ginger-garlic paste.
- Stir for 2-3 minutes, then add arbi/kochu, chopped tomatoes and green chillies. Stir until tomatoes get pulpy. In a bowl, mix all powdered spices with 3 tblsp. of water and a pinch of salt. Pour in the pan, mix and stir until oil seperates from the spices.
- Add fried shrimps now and mix well with the spice paste. Pour about 1 cup of water. Add a little salt, not much at this time, as it's gravy prepeartions, you should add final seasoning at the last.
- Close with a lid and medium flame let it cook. When gravy dries up and arbis are cooked, check the seasoning. Take the pan out of heat and sprinkle garam masala powder over it.
Sending this awesomely delicious authentic Bengali fish preperation to my event Spotlight : Fish, expecting lots of awesome fish preperation from my fellow bloggers for this event. Send them over to me...................
Check ou this pulao made with prawn and sweet potato: Sweet Potato & Prawn Pulao