Instant Pot Dahi Arbi

Arbi (taro root) cooked in a tangy yogurt curry in the Instant Pot! This Dahi Arbi uses minimal spices and comes together rather quickly in the pressure cooker.

Best enjoyed with warm rotis or rice.

Dahi Aloo (dahi=yogurt) was a very popular dish in my home in India. My mom would often make it when she wanted to make something quick and easy and also when there weren’t enough vegetables at home except potatoes!

It was just potatoes cooked in a spiced yogurt curry and made for a nice change.

This time around when I got some arbi from the Indian store, I thought of making something similar but with Arbi in stead of potatoes and of course I had to use my Instant pot for it!

And it turned out really well and we enjoyed them with rotis.

If you aren’t familiar with arbis, they are rich in carbs like potatoes and used in Indian cooking for making stir-fries or curries. A lot of people like to fry them before cooking.

I do that too sometimes, like in this arbi fry but for this recipe, I only boiled the arbi and it turned out good.

There isn’t much pre-work involved with this recipe since there are no onions, tomatoes, or garlic so less chopping, yay!

This Dahi Arbi
✔ pairs well with roti or rice.

✔ makes a nice change from the usual sabzis/stir-fries.

✔ uses no onion, tomato or garlic.

✔ has a prep time of less than 10 minutes.

✔ made in one-pot with minimal spices.

The only prep that you need to for this dahi arbi recipe is to peel, wash and slice the arbis. And chop some ginger and green chili.

That is all that is needed. A heads up: while chopping arbi for this recipe, please don’t make the rounds too thin else it will become mush in the pressure cooker.

Cut the arbi in rounds and keep the width of the rounds anywhere between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Yogurt can curdle under pressure especially since we are using a lot of yogurt here, around 1 cup. So, to make sure that doesn’t happen, I like to add it at the end once the arbi is pressure cooked.

I also like to add a little bit of cornstarch to bind the yogurt so that it doesn’t curdle as we add it to the pot. It is optional though.

Make sure the yogurt is at room temperature, whisked well and then stir continuously as you add the yogurt until it’s all mixed well and curry comes to a boil.

If you follow these steps, the yogurt will not curdle even if you don’t add the cornstarch. But you can always add it to be on the safer side.

The recipe uses few spices like cumin seeds, ajwain, coriander powder, turmeric and red chili powder.

Most of the flavor of this dish comes from the yogurt and fresh ginger.

This dahi arbi thickens as it cools down, so when you re-heat it, just add little water.

Making on Stove-top
You can make this recipe on stove-top as well.

Please see the instructions in the recipe card below.

Peel the arbi and rinse them nicely. Then cut each arbi into rounds, anywhere between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Don’t cut it thin else it will become all mush in IP, keep the rounds on the thicker side. Set aside.

1- Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot add the ghee or oil. Then add the cumin seeds, ajwain and cloves. Let the spices sizzle for few seconds and then add the chopped ginger and green chili.

Saute for 1 minute until ginger starts changing color.

2- Then stir in the sliced arbi and toss to combine.

3- Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder and stir.

4- Add 1 & 1/4 cup cups (10 oz) water and stir.

5- Close the lid and press the manual or pressure cook button. Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes with a quick pressure release.

You can even do 1 minute at high pressure if you want a even firmer arbi, 2 minutes was ideal for me.

Meanwhile whisk yogurt with 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional). Yogurt should be room temperature.

6- Open the lid and press the saute button. Start adding the whisked yogurt, while stirring with a spatula continuously until all the yogurt is absorbed.

7- Keep stirring for around 1 minute as the curry comes to a boil.

8- Then add remaining 1 cup (8 oz) water. You may add more or less water depending on the consistency you prefer. Add the salt.

Simmer 1 more minute. Add cilantro and turn off heat.

You may sprinkle some garam masala (optional) before serving. Serve Dahi Arbi with warm rotis.

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