Saturday, November 4, 2017

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It is also  called Taro root in English, Seppankizhangu in Tamil, and Arbi in Hindi. Colocasia is its scientific name.
It is cultivated and used in all parts of the world.
We aren't worried about how it is called...we are more concerned about its health benefits, right??
Taro roots contain a wealth of organic compounds, minerals and vitamins that are essential for our health. High levels of Vitamins A, C, E and Vitamin B 12 are present in this, and also magnesium, iron and copper, but it provides a very negligible amount of protein. Contains high dietary fiber, and hence relieves constipation, prevents cancer and  diabetes, improves heart and vision health, and is very good for skin too.
Here is a recipe, to make Colocasia very very crunchy and crispy, and also impart some flavor to it, since, by itself, it is quite bland.
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Ingredients
Seppankizahngu/taro roots/colocasia - 1/4 kg
Chilli powder - 3/4 - 1 tsp
Hing / asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
Besan flour - 2 tbsps
Rice flour - 2 tbsps
Curry leaves =- handful
White sesame seeds - 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Lunch/Dinner
Prep time: 10 mts; Cooking time: 35 mts

Serves 2

These are the Taro roots/Seppankizhangu/Colocasia/Arbi


They tend to have lot of mud, so wash well, and let them soak in water for 1/2 hour, then the mud will be resting at the bottom. Wash well again.


Then drain off all water.


Pressure cook for 15 mts, allow to cool down, then refrigerate for 4-5 hours. I normally refrigerate them over night, if I am making this dish for lunch. After cooking, they become quite sticky, so, if you leave them in the refrigerator, they not only become firm but also lose that stickiness. 


Peel the skin off, dip your hands in water on and off, then slice them into rounds, if some are very big, cut them into halves.


Add chilli powder, hing powder and salt


Add rice flour and besan flour


Mix well


Then add a handful of well washed and wiped curry leaves, and 2 tsps of white sesame seeds. These two give lot of aroma to the curry.


Mixed well again.


Heat oil, then drop a ladle full of the sliced colocasias. Keep the flames on the medium. Don't disturb them for 3-4 minutes.


Turn them a little later, and after they become golden colored, remove and keep


Kept in a colander


Serve this amazing, crunchy curry with sambar or rasam.



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