Feb 11, 2013

Chema Dumpala Fry ~ Taro Root Stir-Fry

Taro Root is not a substitute for Potato (in taste) but it can be cooked as Potato and has great nutritional info and better health benefits than Potato. It has vitamins A and C and contains high protein amount along with fiber. This special root needs to be cooked properly to get all the health benefits, boiling is the best form to cook it properly. But it becomes slightly slimy when it is boiled and that keeps me off from this vegetable. There are very limited recipes with this tasty taro Root ( Chema Dunpalu) . My mom always makes either a stew or this fry with this root. Today I have used my mom's recipe as base but gave my twist with the rice flour coating which eliminates the slimy nature... With that you will get a nice slime-less stir fry with the same great taste. Yippeee! here is the recipe Njoy!

Taro Root Stir-Fry
Taro Root - 10
Onion- 1/2 medium
Green Chili - 2
Curry Leaves - 5
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
salt - 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds -1 tsp
Cilantro - 1 Tbsp

For Flour Coating:
Rice Flour - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
salt - 1/2 tsp
red chili powder  - 1/2 tsp

Oil - 2 Tbsp

Rice Flour Coated shallow fried Taro Root 


  1. Boil the Taro Root or 15 to 20 minutes until they are semi soft. Drain and let them cool. Once they are cool, remove the peel and cut them into rounds (circles).
  2. Mix the ingredients under Flour Coating section in a medium bowl. and Add the taro Root rounds to this mixtures and coat them on all side.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in the non-stick pan and shallow fry these seasoned taro root rounds until turn into golden color. Switch off the stove and keep them aside.
  4. Heat the non-stick pan and add 1 Tbsp oil to it. Once the oil is hot, add cumin and mustard seeds. Once they start spluttering add the curry leaves followed by chopped green chili and onion. Saute them for 3 min. 
  5. Add salt to the onion mixture and saute for 2 min. 
  6. Now add the fried Taro Root pieces to the pan and mix it gently with onion mixture. Add the coriander powder and close the lid and simmer for 5 min in low heat.
  7. Taste and adjust all the seasonings and top with chopped cilantro. Switch off the stove and serve hot with white rice and tomato rasam and it tastes Yummmm!

take care and enjoy this comfort meal until we meet here again...


  1. Looks delicious one my kids most favourite dish

  2. Wow,it's such a nice idea with Taro..In fact yesterday I was in search of something new with this veggie...Thanks Mythreyi.

  3. Looks delicious, i usually make deep fry with taro root which is my favorite dish now I'll try this stir fry.



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