Chembu Curry (Colocasia / Taro)

It is interesting to note how recipes evolve in our kitchen. This chembu / colocasia recipe evolved as a result of a dialogue in a Malayalam movie where the protagonist asks his caretaker to prepare a fish-like chembu curry with cocum / camboge in it. 

in case you do not have cocum, it can be substituted with tamarind pulp.

the recipe

Colocasia / chembu - 300 gms
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Green chilly - 1 or 2
Salt to taste

Coconut Oil / veg oil - 1 1/2 tsp
Small onion - 5
Curry leaves - 2 sprig
Chilly powder - 1 1/2 - 2 tsp
Coconut milk (second extract - thin) - 1 cup
Coconut milk (first extract - thick) - 3 /4 cup
Cocum - 2 medium size pieces
Ginger - 1 1/2 inch piece

the method

Peel and cut the colocasia / taro into small cubes. Wash thoroughly. Cook it in second extract / thin coconut milk with 1/4 tsp turmeric, salt and 1 green chilly. Stir in between to check whether it sticks to the pan (add water if need be). Once done, turn off heat.

In another pan, heat oil and stir in chopped onion. When translucent add ginger. Stir for a minute and add curry leaves, 1/2 tsp turmeric and chilly powder. Add 1/4 cup water and cocum pieces / tamarind. Let it boil for 5 -7 minutes. Turn to low heat and add the cooked colocasia and stir well. Check seasoning and let it boil for 5 minutes in low heat. Add the thick coconut milk and stir. Turn off heat when the curry starts to boil. Serve with rice and some veggies.


Yummy Team said…
Great curry with chembu..Njangalde avideyum kudam puli ettu chembu curry vekkarundu, reipe kurachu different annu..Athine njangal chembu asthram enna villikunne..Its there in my drafts, ennelum postam..
The Foodie said…
Very interesting.. worth a try..thanks :)
aipi said…
lovely recipe!....looks wonderful!

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Priya said…
Very delicious curry, sounds interesting..
Swathi said…
Chembu curry i love it . tasty yumm
vineetha said…
Very innovative one..Sounds yummy too..
Medeja said…
I have one stupid question :) What is colocasia / chembu? vegetable? :)
Suja Sugathan said…
Innovative recipe..looks super delicious.
Roshan said…
hi Madeja...

Colocasia is a starchy can see the pictures and detail here -


Soumya said…
yummy chembu curry....
Krishnaveni said…
looks so yummy, love that colour too
Rachu said…
i love colocasia.. and this curry is yummmmmmmmm
Sharmi said…
Looks nice, Never tried curry with taro!
Jay said…
Hy Roshan,
Fantastic space you have..very innovative recipes...Happy to follow u..
do stop by mine sometime..
Tasty appetite
Curry looks delicious. Never had taro in a curry before. But cocum is something new to me. I have checked from the web, and I am not familiar with this spice. Interesting, will keep a look-out for this on my next visit to the spice store. I'm curious to see this spice. Thanks for sharing.
Sayantani said…
beautiful curry. love the soupy broth. yum
Archana said…
Lovely one will try it.