Oven roasted Cheppan Kizhangu (Colocasia)


Ever since childhood days Cheppan kizhangu fry is one of my favorite side dishes. With a crispy outer layer and soft inner layer, Cheppan kizhangu fry is so addictive. When my mom came to visit us, I asked her to prepare this. While she was cooking i was standing behind her and told her to add less oil.  Generally I am the one who tells her to add more oil and make a crispy fry, but oven cooking has influenced me a lot. That day she casually asked if we can bake this. Then I was wondering why had I not tried baking Cheppan kizhangu. Next time when I bought this, I baked it, and was happy with the result. From that day onwards, I started baking for two reasons – less oil, and I need not spend much time in the kitchen

Baked Cheppan Kizhangu fry:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time :  30 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side Dish



Cheppan Kizhangu (Arbi/Taro Root/Colocasia)– 4 (I used big Arbi)

Chili powder/ Sambar powder – 1/4 tsp (I used sambar powder, Adjust according to your spice level)

Hing – a generous pinch

Salt – as needed

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/8 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Chickpea flour/ Gram / Besan flour – 2 tsp

Rice flour – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Cooking Spray (I used PAM olive oil spray)



  • Wash and cook Arbi. I steamed them for 10 minutes. Cook till they are fork tender. Cool them, peel and cut into pieces (Generally it is cut into circles, but since the arbi I used was big I cut them into cubes)
  • In a bowl, add Arbi, sambar powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder. Coriander powder, rice flour, gram flour olive and salt. Combine well and refrigrate them for 10 minutes
  • Preheat the oven 400 degree fahrenhait
  • Take a baking tray and place aluminum foil. Grease with a cooking spray and spread the marinated Arbi mixture
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning the Arbi slices after about 10 minutes


My Notes:

  • Adjust baking time according to the texture you need for the Arbi



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39 thoughts on “Oven roasted Cheppan Kizhangu (Colocasia)

  1. Mango Rice | Traditionally Modern Food August 25, 2014 at 11:36 PM Reply

    […] rice and mix gently. Enjoy this rice with any chips like Microwave potato chips or any fry like Oven Roasted Cheppan Kizhangu, Potato […]

  2. marudhuskitchen July 24, 2014 at 6:06 AM Reply

    Really healthy and tasty!!eager to try

  3. Liz July 23, 2014 at 11:03 PM Reply

    Looks and sounds most delicious!

  4. Allison July 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM Reply

    I’d really like to try this one. Do you have any recommendations for sides to go with it?

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM Reply

      Thanks Allison:-) we had with rice and Indian gravy but it can be consumed as a starter as well

  5. Zach Brown July 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM Reply

    This looks fantastic! Your blog makes me hungry every time I visit! When are you going to put together a cookbook?

  6. Liz July 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM Reply

    wow–this underscores my post on reading other blogs to expand my horizons. You’ve expanded mine! And I just “followed” you via email notifications so I can keep up a bit better. I’m bad at using my reader, so don’t catch new posts unless I get email notice. Excited to finally be on board with you 😀

    Also, thanks for coming over to funny names! Fun to see you there.

  7. Cheryl Wright July 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM Reply

    I feel like trying something different and this look good. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Malar July 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM Reply

    Wow, never thought of baking cheppan kizhangu, It looks so good, and less oil..I never cook cheppan kizhangu as I don’t know how to cook this 😛 I will definitely try this Vidya 🙂

  9. sourdoughsweetgirl July 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM Reply

    The only thing even close to taro I’ve eaten is chips or buns filled with it. This sounds really interesting. Savory and crispy? I’ll have to eat it sometime.

  10. Mary Frances July 23, 2014 at 9:21 AM Reply

    These look very tasty, and I’m so glad they can be baked instead of fried!

  11. Charanya July 23, 2014 at 7:52 AM Reply

    Is this the one which is bit slimy? I only have potato. Looks very good

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM Reply

      Charan its like potato another root vegetable (Taro root/Arbi). Search in Indian stores, I am sure you will find them

      • Charanya July 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Hmmm let me check. Will ask my mommy and find out how they look. Thanks for introducing me to unique veges 🙂

      • Traditionally Modern Food July 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        Sure dear:-)

  12. MamaD1xx4xy July 23, 2014 at 6:47 AM Reply

    This sounds tasty.

  13. Bikramjit July 23, 2014 at 5:05 AM Reply

    I use to love arbi… but sadly here we dont get it that often ..

  14. food passion and love July 23, 2014 at 3:07 AM Reply

    This looks like a perfect accompaniment with Rice!!!n soo healthy!!

  15. cafegarima July 23, 2014 at 2:21 AM Reply

    Lovely! Feeling the spicy crunch! Baked so no guilt too!

  16. ashreyamom July 23, 2014 at 2:17 AM Reply

    i love to eat it with hot rasam rice.. 😉

  17. Ramya Srini July 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM Reply

    This is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing Vidya !

  18. Priya Shiva July 23, 2014 at 1:38 AM Reply

    these look delicous!!

  19. Chitra Jagadish July 23, 2014 at 1:13 AM Reply

    Love colocasias, this one looks like a healthy appetizer, wil give it a try sometime. ..will bookmark this …..

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