November 26, 2012

Taro Root (Arvi) Chips

Taro Root or more commonly called in northern India as Arvi/Arbi is a starchy tuber vegetable and taste more like potatoes. They are extremely nutritious as they provide a good source of fiber, contain a high amount of protein, calcium, and phosphorus. I remember my mother making Arbi chips at home. When i came to US i had no idea that it was sold by the name of Taro root. It was only when i had it at one of my friends place i realised that it was easily available in the Indian stores by the name of Taro Root. So last week when i went for my grocery shopping i just picked up a few of them and decided to make chips of it. In this recipe, the chips has not been deep fried since i wanted something on a healthier side. So i just shallow fried it and the recipe is as follows:


5-6 Taro roots
3-4 tsp Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
Chaat Masala


Wash all the taro roots properly under running water to remove the dirt. Put it in the pressure cooker, add water and 1.5 tsp of salt and pressure cook it for 4-5 whistles. Alternatively you can also boil it so that it becomes soft. We need to make sure that it doesnt become very mushy. Peel the Taro roots and cut it into circular slices.
Heat up the griddle and put 2-3 tbsp of Oil. Add 1 tsp of Ajwain to it. Once it starts crackling, place the circular cut pieces of Taro root in the oil. Cook it for a few minutes until it turns little brown. Flip it to the other side. Once both the sides are brown, remove it and put it on a paper to absorb excess oil. Repar the same prcoess in batches until all the pieces are cooked.
Sprinkle Salt and Chaat masala and serve. Trust me, its the easiest recipe and truly delicious. Enjoy!!!