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What is arrowroot?
Arrowroot powder or arrowroot starch is a flour prepared from arrowroot plant. Arrowroot powder is an excellent thickening agent. It can be substituted for cornstarch.
Arrowroot the easily digestible food
Arrowroot powder is easily digestible than regular wheat flour and other flour. Arrowroot is used in cookies, biscuits, and crackers. Because arrowroot is easily digestible it is an ingredient of baby foods and foods for sick and elderly people. Arrowroot is a great remedy for bowel problems.
Arrowroot used in gluten-free baking
Arrowroot is used as a thickener here. It is mixed in cold water before added to the hot mixture to avoid forming lumps. Arrowroot does not contain gluten. People with gluten intolerance can use arrowroot powder for baking and other purposes. Arrowroot powder is a great substitute for wheat powder in gluten-free baking and cooking.
Why arrowroot is a better thickener?
It has strong thickening power and is fully flavorless. It will not pass on any starchy taste to puddings. Arrowroot is therefore the best thickener to use in puddings and dishes. Arrowroot powder works well in low temperatures, unlike cornstarch. Arrowroot powder would tolerate acidic ingredients also. Sauces using cornstarch as thickener would become a spongy mess if it is refrigerated. But sauces made with arrowroot powder can be frozen.
Arrowroot powder uses
Arrowroot powder is increasingly been used in sauces, creams, stews, soups, gravies, fruit fillings, puddings, dishes and pie fillings. A very little amount of arrowroot powder only needs to be used compared to corn starch and other flour. Moreover arrowroot powder does not have color, unlike corn flour that gives a milky color when mixed with water. Arrowroot powder also does not alter the taste of the dish. Arrowroot powder makes a tasty soup when boiled with meat or vegetables. Arrowroot is even used in baby powders and make-up materials.
Arrowroot, the low calorie food
Arrowroot is fat free, and is a low calorie food. Arrowroot starch can therefore be used in sauces and soups so that we need not worry about increased fat content or calories.
Arrowroot Health benefits and therapeutic uses
Arrowroot powder would cure diarrhea and other stomach upsets
Arrowroot powder can be used as a herbal remedy to treat insect bites and gangrene. Make a paste of arrowroot powder and water and apply. Arrowroot powder can prevent skin infection and itching. Arrowroot is best for neutral diet; people with nausea can have arrowroot powder soup. Infants while changing from liquid diet to solid diet can be given arrowroot-milk porridge because of the filling factor in their tender stomach.
Arrowroot powder is a fantastic alternative in your recipes. Try it and enjoy the benefits.
I would like to share with you a simple arrowroot porridge recipe that is so simple and delicious
Arrowroot powder – 4 tablespoon
Nendran banana – 1 banana (or Red Grapes 1 Cup)
Milk – 1 Cup
Coconut milk – 1 Cup
Sugar – 4 table spoon
Cashew nuts – 5
Ghee – 2 teaspoons
Cook banana (make banana into round pieces) or grapes (if you use grapes) in coconut milk. Make a smooth paste of milk (normal milk) and arrowroot powder. Add this paste to the cooked banana (or grapes). Cook for 2 minutes. Fry cashew nuts in ghee and add to the mixture. Add sugar and mix well. Arrowroot Porridge is ready.