Recipes for Poi
All kalo should be thoroughly cooked to dissolve calcium-oxalate crystals, which can irritate the mouth if eaten raw.
Boil kalo corms, scrape off peel with spoon, and mash while still warm. Add water bit by bit. Pound ‘til smooth.
Poi for Babies
Add a little milk to poi, stir it up, and feed the baby with a spoon.
• 1 cup milk
• 1/4 cup poi, or to taste
• Sugar to taste
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Simply beat the mix with a fork and serve.
Taro chips have become very popular. And expensive! Here is one recipe for them.
Boil whole unpeeled taro till cooked through. Chill. Then slice as thin as possible. Fry in hot oil until crisp (about 10 minutes). Use frying pan or deep fryer. Drain on cake rack using absorbent paper or newspaper, and sprinkle with salt or garlic salt.
—D. Leilehua Yuen
of Kau Kau Kitchen