Arrow root is not technically a plant in itself,but rather a type of powdery starch that can be readily obtained from the roots or rhizomes of the Marantaceae family of plants.
Arrow root powder also known as arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch can be healthier alternative to the common cooking ingredients for bread ,pasta and cakes.
Arrowroot is a rich source of carbohydrates,vitamin B9,minerals such as calcium,potassium,magnesium,sodium and phosphorus.It has also trace amounts of zinc,iron as well as vitamin B1 and B6.It also contains fibers,proteins and lipids too.
Total Lipid 0.2
Vitamin C 1.9
Vitamin B-6 0.27
Vitamin B-12 0
Vitamin A 1
Vitamin D 0
Fatty acids 0.04
Dietary fiber is one of the most important parts of our digestive process,as it helps move food through the bowels in an efficient manner.It can eliminate issues of constipation and diarrhea,manage blood sugar levels to prevent the onset of diabetes.
2.Improved heart health:
Potassium is a vasodilator meaning that it relaxes the tension in the blood vessels and arteries ,thereby lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heat attacks and strokes.
3.Safe for infants:
The starchy content and mild flavor of arrow root make it a safe ingredient in baby foods including teething cookies for babies.
4.Lower birth defects:
One particular member of the B family of vitamins is folate and it is found in high levels within arrowroot.Folate is also an important factor in DNA synthesis and healthy cell division,thereby promoting rapid healing and healthy growth.
5.Growth and development:
Arrowroot has a good amount of protein present in it.By increasing our dietary intake of plant proteins,which are easier to process than animal proteins,we can guarantee healthy growth and development.
It is a natural sweat-absorbent,therefore used in cosmetics and powders.Its topical application also helps in curing blemishes,rashes and other wounds.
Arrow root is also used as a dry shampoo by many people.Its moisture absorbing ability is useful in reducing the greasiness in hair.
Arrow root is a popular traditional remedy for inflamed,painful gums,sores in the mouth.
Care should be taken when consuming arrowroot to alleviate diarrhea.Because excess intake or consuming along with other medication may cause constipation.Other than that there is no known danger or toxicity to arrowroot.
Fun facts of arrow root:
1.Arrow root was found to be a food,feed,fuel and fiber resource.
2.Arrow root can be used as screens between neighbouring houses.
3.Shoot tips and leaves can be utilized as feed for pigs,goats,chickens.
4.Individual leaves are used as plates during picnics.
How to store and buy arrow roots:
1.Industrial arrowroot can be purchased in the form of its powder(flour) which is usually meant to use as stabilizer / thickener in food industries.Whenever included with boiled water it becomes thin,clear,odor free jelly.
2.Store the powder in a cool dry place faraway from dampness and direct sunlight.Do not refrigerate.
Arrow root powder pudding:
This is a wonderful recipe for cooling the body.Arrowroot powder is an excellent ingredient for bringing down body heat.
1.3 cups milk.
2.3/4 cup arrowroot powder
3.1/2 cup sugar
4.1 tbsp grated coconut
5.3 tsp ghee
6.1/2 tsp vanilla essence.
1.Mix the arrow root powder in half cup milk without lumps.
2.Boil the remaining milk.
3.Add the powder mixture and stir continuously for 5 minutes.
4.‘Add the sugar and continue stirring for another 10 minutes without letting it burn at the bottom.
5.Add the ghee,coconut,essence and stir for few minutes.
6.Switch of the stove and pour into a greased molds.
Kanda aloo pakoda:
Energy 385 calories
1.1 cup parboiled and grated purple yam
2.1 cup raw potatoes,peeled and grated
3.1 tbsp arrowroot flour
4.2 tsp roasted peanut powder
5.2 tsp finely chopped coriander
6.1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
8.Oil for deep frying
1.Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well
2.Heat the oil in a pan drop spoonful of the mixture in a deep fry on a medium flame till the pakoda are golden brown in color from all the sides.Drain on absorbent paper.
3.Serve immediately with green chutney.