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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

Serves: 4

 Ingredients:

  • 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

Method :

 Step 1.

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.

Step 2.

keep each Arbi /Colocasia/ Taro on the chopping board and gently press with your palm to flatten. Keep aside.

Step 3.

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.

Step 4.

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.

Step 5.

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.

Step 6.

Transfer into a serving bowl. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Note:

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.

Ref. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/taro.html

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Arbi / Colocasia Fry

Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia

PREP TIME:15 MINS

COOK TIME:15 MINS

 TOTAL TIME:30 MINS

COURSE:SIDE DISH

CUISINE:NORTH INDIAN

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm arbi Colocasia
  • 3 medium size onions/ 1 1/2 cup , sliced thin lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain/
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp amchoor / dry mango powder
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Thoroughly washes the Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia, drain it.

Step 2.

With the peeler , peel  each Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia and cut in to four thick slices lengthwise. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Peel, wash and slice onions lengthwise and keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadhai/ wok / or frying pan. Put ajwain in the hot oil, wait for few seconds for it to splutter, add onion slices and fry till light golden. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, red chili powder saute for few seconds. Add the Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia slices, cover and cook on a medium flame, till well cooked.

Step 5.

Mix in amcoor powder,and keep the kadhai/ wok / or frying pan on low flame. Cover and leave to blend the masalas for couple of minutes, so that Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia, gets quoted well with the dry spices/masalas.

Step 6.

Serve Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia hot, garnished with fresh coriander leaves as a side dish, with Indian breads like chapattis, parathas etc.

 

Note:

While peeling the Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia , apply some oil to your fingers and peel to avoid any skin allergy.

While frying the spice powders, do so at the lowest flame. If need be you can switch off the gas. The spice powders,especially chili powder tends to burn quickly on a high heat.

Stir-Fried Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia is mildly spiced , light and crunchy with taste of Indian spices.

Arbi/taro roots / Colocasia is a good accompaniment with all Dals/ lentils.

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

Arbi/Colocasia Curry

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Taro vegetable or Arbi/ Colocasia as we better know it, originates from Malaysia and India, where it grows wild in wet or dry places. The taro leaves are heart shaped with white roots that are nutty in flavour. It can cause skin irritation when peeling. Taro is also known as dasheen,  esculenta . It has many healing properties that are useful to get rid of many diseases.

Serving: 4-5

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Arbi /Colocasia, boiled, peeled
  • 2 medium size onions
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder/or to taste
  • 15 cloves of garlic, crushed in to a paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste/ 1″ ginger piece grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dhania /coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp jeera /cumin seeds
  • 1 cup curd /yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Besan / Gram flour
  • 3 cups water
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method:

Step 1.

Cut boiled and peeled arbi in to big pieces. Keep aside for deep frying.

Step 2.

Heat oil and deep fry arbi pieces till golden. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Finely chop onions and steam, cool and grind into a paste.

Step 4.

Take a deep heavy bottom pan, put 2 tablespoons oil and put the onion paste into it.

Step 5.

Sauté the onion paste for a few minutes, see that it’s color doesn’t change. Add ginger, garlic paste fry for few minutes. Add salt, turmeric, chili powder and coriander powder to the masala and fry for a few minutes more.

Step 6.

Take besan in a small bowl add three table spoons of water , mix well to make a paste add  it to beaten curd  mix well.

Step 7.

Add  this mixture and water  to the fried masala, bring it to a boil.

Step 8.

Simmer over low heat till thickened a bit ,about 10- 15 minutes, stirring fairly frequently. Add the fried arbi pieces, simmer for 5-8 minutes more .

Step 9.

Garnish with the coriander leaves  and serve hot.

Health benefits of Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro :

1. Reduces Fatigue:

Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro is mainly consumed by athletes for long lasting energy. This is because it contains a low glycemic index which is good for athletes.

2. Weight loss:

Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro can prove to be very beneficial for the ones who want to lose weight, since this has very a low caloric content. One cup of cooked taro can give you 187 calories.

3. Digestion:

This root contains a good amount of fiber that is useful for the digestive process. This gives you a feeling of being full for a longer time even after a small meal. Thus, eating taro roots can be useful to lose pounds and maintain your weight, since it has low calories and high fiber.

 4. Clear stomach:

Foods that contains high amount of fiber are also known to boost the digestive process. This helps to eliminate the wastes from the body and prevent re-occurrence.

[ Read: Iodine Benefits ]

5. Heart health:

One cup of taro has 0.1g fat and cholesterol, which helps to prevent hardening of the arteries. You can consume it several times without worrying about gaining weight or other health problems related to fatty foods like heart or kidney diseases. Taro roots can give 19% of the daily required Vitamin E that is required to prevent the risks of a heart attack.

6. Hypertension:

Hypertension or high blood pressure is mostly observed in the mid aged group of individuals which can be kept in control by consuming foods that are low in fat and sodium. One cup of taro gives only 20 mg of sodium that helps to maintain kidney problems and fluid retention.

7. Antioxidant:

Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro is one of the best sources of Vitamin C, since one cup of taro can give 11% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. This acts as an antioxidant to remove toxins from your body and detoxifies it.

8. Immunity:

Vitamin C in taro is useful in regenerative functions and boosts the immunity of the body.

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9. Low Glycaemia Index Food:

Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro has a low glycaemia index. This helps to break down glucose in the liver slowly and aids in weight loss and lowers blood sugar. This is also useful for hypoglycaemia as this provides long lasting energy.

10. Aging process:

This is a very nutritious food that contains many Vitamins – A, C, B, minerals like copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, potassium, beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin. All these are good antioxidants that are useful to protect against diseases and slow down the aging process. This also contains protein and is gluten-free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium too.

11. Cancer:

Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro is very high in Vitamin A that has more than 160% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A. The leaves and roots of taro contain polyphenols which are great antioxidants to protect even from cancer.

12. Muscle health:

Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro contains Vitamin E and magnesium that can protect you from cancer and heart disease. This also helps to maintain your blood pressure and is helpful for fluid regulation. Taro roots contain magnesium which is vital for muscle, bone and nerve health.

[ Read: Iodine Benefits ]

13. Amino Acids and Omega-3 oils:

Taro root has more than 17 different amino acids that are essential to maintain good health. This also has Omega 3 and 6 oils which are required for maintaining cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, and other diseases.

14. Cooking:

Arbi/ Colocasia/Taro and leaves both have great flavours. They can be cooked and impart a nutty flavour, whereas the leaves taste like cabbage. Taro roots are used to prepare curries, fried for chips, cakes, roasted, boiled, steamed, pureed etc.

Ref.http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-taro-vegetable/

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.