During my childhood, I was very fond of Taro / Arbi ki sukhi sabzi. The fried Taro roots coated it spices and masalas. Looks like I have passed it on to my son as well. Good for him that he can afford to have all the carbs, however I haven’t fried it for him so far. Everytime we visit the Indian grocery store, he will make sure that we buy some.
Apparently not a lot of people are fond of Arbi, simply because they don’t like to peel the skin of boiled Taros once it gets all starchy and slimy. However it can be a great source of carbohydrate and fiber for infants and toddlers.
Did you know
- Taro root contains a very significant amount of dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as high levels of vitamin A, C, E, B6, and folate, as well as magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and copper.
- Aids Digestive Health – A single serving of contains 27% of the daily requirement of dietary fiber.
- Immune System Health – Perhaps the most important element of taro root for health is its role in the immune system. It has a very high level of Vitamin C in each serving, which stimulates the immune system to create more white blood cells, which defend the body from foreign pathogens and agents.
Source – https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/taro-root.html
- 3-4 Taro roots, peeled & sliced
- 1 tbsp. Oil or Clarified Butter / Ghee
- A pinch of Asafoetida / Hing
- 1/4 tsp. Carom / Ajwain
- 2 green Chillies, chopped (optional)
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric / Hing
- 1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
- 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder, roasted
- 1 tbsp. Cilantro / Dhaniya chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
- Wash, peel & slice taro roots.
- Heat oil in a pan. Use a pan that has a cover.
- Temper it with asafoetida and carom.
- Add the chopped green chillies. This is optional if making it for infants however, I have introduced chillies to my 2 year old.
- Add the taro root slices. Add turmeric, red chilly powder and salt and half of the cilantro. Cover it allow it cook on medium heat, stirring it occasionally. Cook until the roots become soft and turn golden brown or until a pierce comes clean.
- Garish with cumin powder and cilantro. You could also sprinkle some lemon juice for a little tangy taste however it is completely optional.
- Taro Chips / Arbi ki Sabzi is ready. Sometimes my son consumes these as is, while sometimes he likes it in his main course along with his flat bread.