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Yam (Taro) Rice

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Yam or often referred to as taro, Colocasia esculenta, is a root vegetable frequently consumed in South East Asia. Either yam or taro are used interchangeably to mean the same root vegetable in Malaysia and Singapore. It can be steamed, boiled or stir-fried as well as being used to boost flavour in many Chinese dishes. The most popular and common dishes are pan-fried taro cake, fried taro puffs and fried taro dumplings with ground pork are served as dim sums during yum cha at Cantonese restaurants. Taro is also regularly stewed with chicken, pork or beef. Another popular taro dish is the seafood birdsnest whereby the taro is grated into long shreds and interwoven together to create a birdsnest filled with stir-fried seafood. These taro dishes are definitely my childhood favourites and they still are up until today.

 

Gluten Free Yam (Taro) Rice

 

Yam (Taro) Rice

 

Taro (yam) rice is an additional popular Chinese taro dish, it is very similar to lotus leaf rice or steamed glutinous rice serve as dim sums in a Cantonese yum cha restaurant. The main ingredients used are rice, Chinese sausages (lap cheong), dried shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimps and taro (yam). Sometimes dried oyster and dried scallops are also added. For my gluten free recipe, I am using frozen taro (yam), dried shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimps and mix of basmati rice and glutinous rice, creating a really aromatic and easy one pot dish cooked in rice cooker. This recipe is also dairy free, nut free and egg free.

 

Gluten Free Taro (Yam) Rice

 

When purchasing taro (yam), look for the ones with creamy white flesh and purple dots and stripes inside the flesh. Peeled frozen taro (yam) can be purchased from Asian groceries stores and the products are normally frozen fresh. There are many nutritional benefits of consuming taro (yam), it is high in dietary fiber and is rich in numerous vitamins and minerals. It is a rich source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, potassium and copper. Health benefits of consuming taro (yam) include healthy digestive system from the fiber content, may prevent cancer specifically reduce risks of lung and mouth cancer, promote good blood pressure and heart health, improve vision and reduce risk of macular degenerative diseases, promote skin health and may increase cognitive functions.

 

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Gluten Free Yam (Taro) Rice

 

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4 Responses

  1. Camilla @FabFood4All
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    I would love to try this dish as it’s completely new to me, look really healthy too:-)

    • daphnegoh
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      This is a really fragrant dish with the mix of these Asian ingredients. Good on you to try recipe that is completely new to you. Hope you enjoy the recipe. ????

  2. Anna @ shenANNAgans
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    In all my years cooking (and eating) I have never worked with taro before, seems I have been missing out on some pretty amazing health benefits from it too. Will look at my markets on the weekend. :) Really keen to give this dish a go.

    • daphnegoh
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      Taro are really fragrant and delicious. If you want to purchase taro, I would suggest buying frozen ones from Asian groceries stores as the correct taro (yam) to use is the creamy white ones with purple spots & stripes not the purple ones used for desserts or the ones you get from Aussies market. But if you can find this type of fresh taro from your local farmers market, please let me know. Enjoy the dish. ????

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