Arbi /Colocasia/ Taro Fry
oArbi /Colocasia/ Tar is a starch-rich, globular fleshy taproot of aroid family plants. Its underground root, known as corm, is one of the popular edible root vegetables in large parts Asia, Pacific islands, West Africa, and Amazonian regions of South America. Some of the common names are cocoyam, dasheen, colocasia, elephant’s ear (plant and leaves), kalo, etc.
Binomially, it belongs to the Araceae (aroid) family, in the large genus, Colocasia.
Scientific name: Colocasia esculenta (L.) schott.
Hi Friends! Here is another appetizing and delectable recipe for your winter menu.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total Cook time: 30 minutes
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
- 250 gms arbi/colocasia
- 1 tsp carom seeds / ajwain
- 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin seed / jeera , powdered
- 1 tsp dry mango powder /amchur
- 1/4 tsp level asafetida / hing powder
- oil for deep frying
- 1 cup Yogurt /curd / Dahi , whisked well
- 2 tbsp Cilantro/coriander, finely chopped, for garnishing
In a pressure cooker put washed arbi / Colocasia add one cup of water close the lid and place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When the cooker cools down to room temperature , open the lid and peel the Arbi /Colocasia. Keep aside.
keep each Arbi /Colocasia/ Taro on the chopping board and gently press with your palm to flatten. Keep aside.
Heat the oil for deep frying and fry the Arbi /Colocasia/ Taro in the oil till golden brown. Drain and keep on a paper kitchen towel.
Heat in a pan a table spoon of oil, add the Asafetida / hing and fry for half a minute or till light pink in colour. Add powdered carom seeds, jeera powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and red chili powder fry for 30 seconds and add the fried Arbi /Colocasia/ Taro . Gently mix to quotethe spice to the Arbi.
Add amchur powder and salt, mix again well. Add whisked Yogurt / curd / dahi to the Arbi / Colocasia and mix well. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to low flame for 4-5 minutes. Switch off the stove.
Transfer into a serving bowl. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
All the powdered spices to be fried on low flame so that their colour should not turn dark brown.
Health benefits of Arbi /Colocasia/ Taro:
- Taro or dasheen corms possess more calories than potatoes. 100 grams of root provides 112 calories. Their calorie value chiefly comes from complex carbohydrates, amylose and amylopectin. Nonetheless, the roots are very low in fats and protein than in cereals and pulses. Their protein levels can be comparable to that of other tropical food sources like yam, cassava, potato, plantain, etc.
- The corms, however, are free from gluten protein. They carry high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprising of dietary fiber, and antioxidants in addition to moderate proportions of minerals, and vitamins.
- Taro is one of the finest sources dietary fibers; 100 g flesh provides 4.1 g or 11% of daily-requirement of dietary fiber. Together with slow digesting complex carbohydrates, moderate amounts of fiber in the food help gradual rise in blood sugar levels.
- Yellow-fleshed roots and young, tender leaves have significant levels of phenolic flavonoid pigment antioxidants such as ß-carotenes, and cryptoxanthin along with vitamin A. 100 g fresh taro leaves provide 4825 IU or 161% of RDA of vitamin A. Altogether, these compounds are required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- It also contains good levels of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), folates, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin.
- Further, the corms provide healthy amounts of some of important minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. In addition, the root has very good amounts of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
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