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6 Delicious Dishes Using Taro

Taro may look like a mass of rock and eating it may seem like a daunting task. But we have some interesting recipes for you to make the bland taro more flavourful. In fact Taro is widely consumed during moon festival.

Taro roots contain carbohydrates and dietary fiber, also they contain significant levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, copper, iron, folate and magnesium and loads of other health benefits. It also contains a small amount of protein as well.

Taro root - 6 Delicious Dishes Using Taro

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The tradition of eating baby taro roots began during the Qing dynasty reign (1644-1911). Baby taro roots are consumed during the Moon Festival as they are believed to ward off bad luck and bring in good luck and generous wealth. It is also believed that taro roots were found on the day of the moon festival under the moon light.

Here are 6 simple dishes using Taro:

1. Oven baked taro chips:

Oven baked taro chips are most possibly the simplest dish you can make, just count to 3 and the dish will be ready. All you need are baby taro roots some salt and some vegetable oil spray, just that.

taro chips - 6 Delicious Dishes Using Taro

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2. Taro fries with cilantro pesto:

Taro fries are one of the most yummyand delicious appetisers. This recipe uses anti-oxidant rich cilantro and super healthy garlic. Replace the usual potato with taro and watch how you turn into a taro fries lover.

3. Taro and prawn cakes:

Serve this tasty Vietnamese dish made with taro as a snack. Grate the taro roots in a batter and top it with shrimps and fry it. This is as simple as it gets.

4. Taro root dumplings:

These succulent dumplings are steamed and made taro roots. The dumplings are stuffed with mushrooms, scallions, pork and shrimps and then deep fried to perfection.

taro dumplings - 6 Delicious Dishes Using Taro

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5. Taro cakes:

Shrimps, sausages, scallions in a cake, What more can anyone ask for! Taro cakes have a crunchy golden brown crust and are the perfect tea time snacks.

taro root cake - 6 Delicious Dishes Using Taro

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6. Taro rice with Chinese sausages:

Rice tastes good with almost anything, but Chinese sausages enhance the taste and makes it heavenly. This dish is just the comfort food you are looking for.

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