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Seppankizhangu fry
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Seppankizhangu pepper fry

Village style arbi pepper fry recipe with full video and tips to make cook arbi perfectly
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Dry curry
Servings: 2
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 5 big pieces Seppankizhangu | arbi
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • Few curry leaves

For masala

  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds | sombu
  • 1 – 2 tsp sambar powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • A small piece ginger
  • 2 pinches asafoetida


  • Wash the seppankizhangu | arbi well and place it inside a vessel.
  • Do not add water into the seppankizhangu.
  • Cover and this pressure cook this for 3-4 whistles.
  • You can keep your rice and dal also along with this in the same cooker.
  • Since we are not adding any water into the washed seppankizhangu, this will not get mashed.
  • Remember to add water in the pressure cooker but not in the vessel inside.
  • Always cover the vessel and keep.
  • But if you cook it directly into the cooker by adding water, then one whistle is fine.

Let us make the masala for the seppankizhangu pepper fry.

  • In a mixie jar add the pepper, cumin, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, sambar powder and turmeric powder.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp water and grind this into a coarse paste.
  • Meanwhile once the pressure is released from the cooker, take out the cooked arbis and cool it by adding water to this.
  • Take out the skin
  • Cut them into roundels or cut diagonally.
  • Transfer it to a plate and add the ground masala.
  • Add salt to this.
  • Mix well gently and evenly and marinate this for 20 minutes.
  • You can keep this inside the fridge or freezer.
  • After 20 minutes, heat a pan and add oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the marinated seppankizhangu to this.
  • Gently mix and stir in between.
  • Let this cook for 10-12 minutes, till it becomes slightly crisp on both sides.
  • Alternatively, you can deep fry this too.
  • Switch off the stove and drizzle ½ tsp of coconut oil
  • This step is optional. I personally love this, so I added.
  • Serve with any rice of your choice.
  • We had this with Tomato rice | Thakkali sadam.



If cooking the arbi in open pot, ensure not to overcook this.
2. Instead of sambar powder you can add red chili powder too.
3. Seppenkizhangu pepper fry | arbi masala pairs well with sambar, rasam and variety rice too.