Introducing Arbi Finger food! This healthy and yummy Arbi Fingers for babies & Kids [Root Tuber/ Colocasia Finger food for 8 Months + Baby] is perfect for babies and toddlers aged 8 months and above. Made with colocasia, it is a nutrient-rich food that is good for the child’s gut health and overall development. We’ve put together a guide with photos, video and instructions on how to make Arbi Fingers for babies and kids. Enjoy!
Health Benefits of Root Tuber/ Colocasia/Arbi
There are a host of health benefits associated with arbi.
- They are good for heart as they contain anti-inflammatory properties, and can reduce the risk of heart diseases.
- They can also help in promoting gut health as they are high in fiber content.
- They can also help in improving digestion as they contain probiotics and enzymes.
- They are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
- They are also a good source of dietary fiber, which helps in regulating blood sugar levels.
- These vegetables contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help in reducing the severity of conditions like arthritis.
- They are a good source of dietary proteins.
- They are a good source of antioxidants that help in fighting off diseases like cancer.
- Arbi/Taro/Colocasia – 8 to 10 numbers
- Pepper – a pinch
- Salt – ¼ tsp.
How to make Arbi Fingers?
1. Wash the Arbi very well to remove the mud in it.
2. Pressure Cook the arbi , leave 2 to 3 whistles.
3. After it has cooled, peel the skin.
4. Cut them into finger sized pieces.
6. Shallow/ deep fry them Golden brown.
7. Allow them to cool on a tissue paper, so that excess oil is removed.
8. In a wide bowl add little pepper/mirchi powder and salt, add the fried fingers in it and nicely mix the arbi with the other ingredients.
Finger foods are generally introduced after 8 months as, that is when baby’s fine motor skills improve and he/she masters the pincer grasp. This recipe can also be made without salt and given as a finger food for 8months baby.
Arbi Fingers is not just a tasty treat for babies but also good for aged kids. The recipe is simple and easy to prepare, which makes it one of the best finger foods for kids. Being rich in calcium, iron, vitamin A and other vitamins, this delicious dish will not only keep your kids healthy but also boost their energy levels!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can we give taro root to babies?
Taro root can be well cooked and introduced when the baby completes 6months. It is a choking hazard and hence it has to be pureed fed little by little. It can be given as a finger food after 8 months.
How do to manage the stickiness of arbi?
Boiled arbi has to be stored in refrigerator and the peel has to be removed after a day of refrigeration. This will prevent the vegetable being very sticky.
What is arbi called in English?
Arbi is the Hindi name and it’s called as Taro root in English
What are the health benefits of colocasia?
Some of the most common benefits of colocasia include improved vision, better blood circulation, reduced inflammation and pain, enhanced digestion and absorption of nutrients, increased energy levels, stronger immune system function, and protection against cancer. Additionally colocasia is an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps to maintain healthy gut bacteria balance.
Is taro and arbi the same?
Yes, those are just different names. Colocasia or Taro as it is called in English is a root tuber. In India, it is known by various names, Arbi in Hindi, Sepankizhangu inTamil and Cemagadda in Telegu.
- Arbi/Taro/Colocasia – 8 to 10
- Pepper - a pinch
- Salt – ¼ tsp.
- Wash the Arbi very well to remove the mud in it.
- Pressure Cook the arbi , leave 2 to 3 whistles.
- After it has cooled, peel the skin.
- Cut them into finger sized pieces.
- Take oil in a pan.
- Shallow/ deep fry them Golden brown.
- Allow them to cool on a tissue paper, so that excess oil is removed.
- In a wide bowl add little pepper/mirchi powder and salt, add the fried fingers in it and nicely mix the arbi with the other ingredients.
- Arbi Fingers are ready!!!!
i fed boiled arbi to my 7 monthts daughter and after ony 5 minutes she strted crying like hell.the arbi was causing itching in her throat but i was helpless, dint knw how to cure it.so be precautious.
Wow…superb receipe…thanks a ton Dr.hema..In Marathi Arabi named as Alu.my baby likes Arabi..will try this surely.
Devbani lahiri says
Great finger good idea.. Thank you.. .
In bengali it’s called ‘kochu’.
These fried foods can be given to 8month old?
Dr Hemapriya says
It is rich is starch and carbohydrate and quite like potato fries. Sure, you can give once in a while. (as a rule of thumb, if giving it for the first time, give very small quantity)
sangeetha menon says
Woah this is so cool just like finger chips isnt ? If you wish to make it oil free you can bake them too isnt ? Amazing … Personally I dislike arbi.. But see this is an amazing way to add in my diet too 🙂
Jhashar Nalendran says
You can bake too Sangeetha, if you are baking then marinate the boiled arbi in chillipowder and salt and bake it in the oven