June 9, 2011 • Category: Ingredients
Anyone care to share their thoughts?
I am naming the taro.
Delicious interior, homely exterior.
Could that be the reason?
(I ate some taro frozen yogurt the other day)
(I bought some taro-flavored mochi)
The Lebanese cook it and serve it with tahini sauce.
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In Lebanon, taro is known as kilkass and is mainly grown along the Mediterranean coast. The leaves and stems are not consumed in Lebanon and the variety grown produces round to slightly oblong tubers that vary in size from a tennis ball to a small cantaloupe. Kilkass is a very popular winter dish in Lebanon and is prepared in two ways: “kilkass with lentils” which is a stew flavored with crushed garlic and lemon juice and “kilkass in tahini” (tahini is sesame seed paste). Another common method of preparing taro is to boil, peel then slice it into 1 cm thick slices, before frying and marinating in edible “red” sumac.
On June 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:
Perhaps because most of us have no access to this vegetable? Even when I lived in a large city, I did not see taro root. But now I am curious!
On June 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm
I have been trying any new to me roots that I see in the market. We have name, boniato, yuca, malanga, celeriac and I know a few others that I didn’t name here, but I haven’t run across taro yet. I’ll let you know.
On June 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm
That’s a very good question. I’ve never cooked taro at home, and am not even sure that I’ve ever eaten any. I think a drink I had from an Asian takeway a few months ago had taro in it, but that might be the only time I’ve ever had it. I’ve been trying a few new vegetables lately, and will have to seek out ways to try taro. I’ve tried cavolo nero for the first time recently, and next week I’m planning to try cooking chestnuts for the first time, as they’re in season here at the moment.
On June 9, 2011 at 11:27 pm
I really have to buy that root veggie. It is quite difficult to find here, but one can buy it from Asian supermarkets.
On June 10, 2011 at 12:22 am
I ate taro when I lived in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any here in France yet.
On June 10, 2011 at 2:51 am
Les topinanbours ! j’aime !
j’ai adopte la recette Egyptienne qui est aussi tres bonne..
encore merci pour vos belles recettes !
On June 10, 2011 at 3:01 am
T.W. Barritt says:
Let’s name it Fred.
On June 10, 2011 at 3:11 am
I have never heard of it before, I had to look it up. I don’t think I have ever seen it for sale here!! Dciane
On June 10, 2011 at 3:33 am
Nuts about food says:
To my knowledge, I have never had taro…
On June 10, 2011 at 3:37 am
Hélène (Cannes) says:
On n’a pas de taro à Cannes … Par contre, j’en trouve à Paris, quand je vais chez ma maman …
On June 10, 2011 at 8:12 am
I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person! I do wonder what it tastes like now.
On June 10, 2011 at 8:15 am
I am with you 100%!! Taro is so, so delicious. And I never even knew until recently when I had it in a smoothie. I felt like I had been missing out on such a great thing!
On June 10, 2011 at 10:52 am
I love taro or as we call it in Brazil: Inhame.
There taro is mostly eaten in stews and in soups. For a delicious soup just peel and chop up some roots, saute in olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, onion, few tomatoes, water and simmer until soft. You can blend it for a smooth and cream consistency if you prefer. Voilá…. a healthy and nutritious meal is born!
I confess though I am still learning to eat taro when prepared in ice creams, cakes, pies and other amazing versions from South East Asia
On June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am
I know I’ve had it but never make it… now you have me curious!
On June 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm
I’ve only had these in chip form. I’ve seen them at my grocery store, but I didn’t know what it was!
On June 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm
Murasaki Shikibu says:
Availability certainly plays a role. In the Carrefour in Spain, I can find Cassava, one kind of sweet potato and a few different kinds of potatoes. In Japan you can find a larger variety of these. Some also dislike anything sticky or have become excessively boring about food and will say things like: I prefer to eat normal potatoes.
On June 12, 2011 at 2:45 am
Steve @ HPD says:
big in new zealand.
kinda like a celery root … needs a make-over!
On June 13, 2011 at 8:31 am
i LOVE taro! this is how i have it 🙂
On June 15, 2011 at 12:38 am
Andre Youssef says:
I’m looking for the recipe momy (from Kourah) made for us several times, The name of the dish was “abou shushe” and it was made of taro and lentilszz; a very very delicious dish, If I remember she fried lots of onion (cut in 8 pieces each) and taro (cut in 2 or 3 pieces each) until golden. Then she put half cooked lentils and some dried garlic, Ten minutes more of cooking altoguether, and it’s ready. Eat with some lemon juice.
On November 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm
Andre Youssef says:
I forgot. put some water with lentils, because it’s almost a soup.
On November 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Andre Youssef says:
I’m looking for the recipe momy (from Kourah) made for us several times, The name of the dish was “abou shushe” and it was made of taro and lentilszz; a very very delicious dish, If I remember she fried lots of onion (cut in 8 pieces each) and taro (cut in 2 or 3 pieces each) until golden. Then she put some water and half cooked lentils and some fried garlic (I’m not sure about it), Ten minutes more of cooking altoguether, and it’s ready. Add some lemon juice when eating, It’s almost a soup and is delicious with bread,
On November 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm
@Andre: What a coincidence! I was thinking about this dish today and will certainly make it soon; it is done the way you describe too, frying the taro and the onions to get the most flavor!
On December 1, 2011 at 6:27 am
ANDRE YOUSSEF says:
Hi Joumana, do you know rhe details of this recipe, as its done in Koura, Lebanon? About garlic and pepper, for example.
On December 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm
@André: I am planning to make it soon and also visit a friend who lives in the Koura. Can you be patient and wait until that happens and I will tell you exactly how they make it there. (A matter of weeks)
On December 3, 2011 at 12:15 am
ANDRE YOUSSEF says:
OK, thank you, Could you please ask your friend about some stews with onions and bourghoul made in Koura with the vegetables qataif (amaranthus) and khubaizi (malva)? Very special dishes.
On December 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm
@Andre: I have seen these dishes and will seek them out. Will post back!
On December 4, 2011 at 9:48 am
The photo you have here is that of the Asian taro found in South East Asia. The variety grown in Lenanon looks slightly different but the difference is recognizable.
On February 10, 2016 at 7:50 am