How to make Kembu Kari -

Delicately spiced colocassia leaves cooked with dal

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Colocassia Leaves, Split Pigeon Pea

Cuisine : Karnataka

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Kembu Kari

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Karnataka cuisine comprises of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are full of flavour and taste. It is one of the oldest surviving cuisines and its origins can be traced back to the Iron Age. 
The varieties in Karnataka cuisine have influenced the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. The cuisine also reflects influences from these four neighbouring states on its food habits. 
Being a coastal state, coconut is grown in abundance. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried coconut is put to excellent use in its cuisine.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kembu Kari Recipe

  • Colocassia Leaves 10-12

  • Split Pigeon Pea soaked for ½ hour 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 1 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon

  • Dried red chillies 1-2

  • Garlic crushed 3-4 cloves

  • Curry leaves 8-10

  • Coconut scraped 1/4 cup

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Wash and wipe the colocassia leaves dry and trim the thick veins. Shred them finely.

Step 2

Boil five cups of water in a non stick pan and add the shredded leaves and drained dal.

Step 3

Cover and cook for twenty minutes or until the dal is tender.

Step 4

Stir in turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt

Step 5

Cook further for a couple of minutes and remove from heat.

Step 6

Heat oil in another non stick pan and add mustard seeds.

Step 7

As they splutter add red chillies and garlic and sauté until garlic turns golden brown.

Step 8

Add curry leaves and the cooked dal and colocassia leaves and let it come to a boil.

Step 9

Serve hot garnished with coconut and lemon juice.

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