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Nadan Chembu Astram/ Traditional Kerala style Taro Root Curry : Indian Food & Cooking Recipes

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Nadan Chembu Astram is a traditional dish of Kerala. Astram is a thick preparation with Curd, Chembu and coconut. It goes well with Kanji (Rice Porridge). Let's see how we can prepare this delicious recipe

Preparation Time:      10 Minutes
Cooking Time            25 Minutes
Recipe Category :      Vegetable Gravies, Kuzhambhu
Recipe Cuisine   :      Kerala, South Indian
Serves             :        3-4 People


Diced Chembu / Taro root      2 cups  
Turmeric Powder                   ½ Teaspoon
Thick beaten   Curd               1 cup
Red Chili Powder                   1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves                        few
Salt                                    To Taste.

To Grind:
Grated Coconut:                 ¾ cup – 1 cup
Turmeric Powder:               1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin Seeds                      1 Teaspoon
Water:                              2 Tablespoon
To Season:
Coconut Oil                        2 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds:                  1 Teaspoon.
Whole Kashmiri Chili           3 Nos, broken
Curry leaves                       1 string


  • Wash the Chembu in running water.      Peel the skin and cut into round shape.
  • Put the Chembu into the big pan. Add water, Red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Boil and cook till done.

  • In the meantime, grind the ingredients listed to a smooth paste with little water.

  • When the Chembu is nicely cooked, put the ground mixture into it. Mix well. stir well and simmer the fire.       
  • Adjust water and let it simmer for 2 - 3 minutes or till everything is nicely combined.

  • Add the beaten curd. Mix well.  Take off from heat and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a seasoning pan , splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies.
  • Add this to the cooked Chembu curry.
  • Serve hot with Kanji and Rice.

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