Tapioca/ Maravalli Kizhangu Adai
- 2 cups Idli rice, soaked for 3 or 4 hours
- 2 1/4 cups Tapioca, peeled and chopped into small cubes or grated
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 2 Red chilies
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 2 Onion, finely chopped
- 1 sprig Curry leaves
- Salt, to taste
|Serving Size||Serving Size||Per Serving%||Daily Value*|
|Calories||2542||Calories from Fat||30|
|Total Fat||3.3g5%||Saturated Fat||0.8g4%|
|Serving Size||Serving Size|
|Per Serving%||Daily Value*|
|Calories from Fat||30|
Add red chilli, pepper, cumin seeds and cut tapioca to a blender. Grind it with little water. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
Drain water from soaked rice and grind it with little water into a smooth batter. Add to the mixing bowl. Add salt, finely chopped onions and curry leaves and mix well. Adjust the consistency of the batter, it should be semi-thick.
Heat a pan or tawa and drizzle with oil. Spread a ladle full of batter and cook covered on a medium flame. Flip and cook the other side for one more minute.
Tapioca, is a starch made from the root of the cassava plant. It is naturally low in fat and high in carbohydrates.
Health Benefits of Tapioca:
Increased Circulation: One of the most valuable mineral contributions of tapioca is iron. Iron is essential for the normal functioning of the human body, and perhaps its most significant roles is in the creation of new red blood cells. Together with copper, which tapioca also contains, iron increases the amount of red blood cells in the body, thereby preventing anemia and related conditions. With more red blood cells being produced by the body, peripheral organ systems and extremities are guaranteed a healthy flow of blood and oxygen to keep those cells healthy and operating at their optimal levels. Cellular re-growth and maintenance is improved, which means that wound healing and energy levels are also increased.
Digestive Health: One of the other bonuses of tapioca is the wealth of dietary fiber it contains. Fiber has been directly linked to improving a number of conditions within the human body, but the most obvious is in terms of digestion.
Metabolic Activity: Protein is an essential element of human health, and while many people get their protein intake from meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products, among other sources, vegetarians are always looking for new ways to remain healthy and protein-packed. Tapioca is a wonderful option for vegetarians because it does provide ample amounts of protein. Therefore, your bodily processes, muscle development, growth, healing, and various other essential activities can continue as normal when tapioca is regularly added to your diet!
Bone Health: Tapioca is a rich source of vitamin K, calcium, and iron, all of which play important roles in the protection and development of bones. Bone mineral density decreases as we age, resulting in conditions like osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and general weakness and lack of flexibility. If tapioca is regularly consumed, then our bones can be protected and developed, and also maintained as we get older.
Neurological Health: The wealth of vitamin K does more than promote osteotrophic activity, it is also important for our mental health. It has been shown that vitamin K can reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by stimulating neuronal activity in the brain.
Blood Pressure: Tapioca also contains potassium, yet another essential mineral that the human body requires. Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it reduces the tension and stress of blood vessels and arteries. This can increase the flow of blood to parts of the body and reduce the strain on the cardiovascular system.
Energy Levels: Carbohydrates are the source of our energy, since simple sugars like sucrose are broken down into usable energy. However, things like saturated fats and cholesterol rob us of energy, so many foods that help us gain weight don’t boost energy. Tapioca has a large amount of carbohydrates, without the negative cholesterol and saturated fats, so energy levels will be high, you won’t feel hungry as often (thanks to the fiber), and you will generally feel better and more able to face your day!
This dish is: Very low in saturated fat, No cholesterol, Low in sodium and Low in sugar.