Arrowroot is a white powder made from the root of a West Indian plant, Marantha arundinacea. It looks and feels very much like cornstarch, only that it is more easier to digest and contains less carbonhydrates. It also contains calcium and other nutrients. It is a good food for babies. I use it to replace cornstarch now as it also is a thickening agent, which is flavorless and becomes clear when cooked.

The powder should be mixed with a cool liquid before being put into a soup/sauce. And it should be added towards the end since overcooking can destroy its thickening property.

Arrowroot powder can usally be found in the health food aile.

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