Arrowroot Halwa | Koova Vilayichathu


Arrowroot Halwa is an awesome sweet prepared with arrowroot powder, sugar, coconut scrapings, ghee or coconut oil, rice pops and cardamom powder. While having a bite you can enjoy the crunchiness of coconut and rice pops in the pillowy sweet arrowroot. The tasty dish takes only a few minutes to prepare. Traditionally, arrowroot powder is regarded as an infant food, easy to digest and tasty. The glossy and shiny Arrowroot Halwa looks very appealing and tempting in appearance. Also termed Koova Vilayichathu, the sweet dish is one of the easiest dishes that you can serve to your kids and be well assured that they are relishing something tasty and very nutritious as well. You can shape Koova Vilayichathu like a halwa if you set aside the dish to cool for some time. You can cut the halwa in desired shapes and sizes.

Arrowroot is very light on the stomach and is believed to treat diarrhoea as well. In our region, arrowroot is usually consumed in a porridge form with required sugar or salt. Arrowroot is non irritating to your stomach and is very favorable for people recovering from chronic diseases. Due to its demulcent properties, arrowroot is used for treating various bowel disorders. While preparing Arrowroot Halwa, you can substitute jaggery for sugar which is considered more healthy. While preparing the dish, make sure that the arrowroot mixture cooks well and thickens. Only then you can relish the halwa in the desired consistency. Note down the dish in your menu chart. Busy and working mothers find the dish quite useful. Kids need nutrient rich food in their growing up stage. All forms of junk food should be avoided. You can explore a well detailed Arrowroot Halwa here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the delicious sweet with your family.

Arrowroot Halwa | Koova Vilayichathu –

Koova porichathu | Koova vilayichathu | Arrowroot halwa

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 People



  • Heat a saucepan and dry roast the rice for few minutes until it becomes crisp and pops. Then remove it from the saucepan.
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  • Heat ghee or oil in the same pan and add shallots. When the colour of shallots turn light brown, add coconut pieces and fry until nice brown in colour. Keep this aside.
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  • Take a bowl and add arrowroot powder and water and mix everything, so that no lumps remain. You get a uniform and runny batter. Pour it into the fried coconut and shallots mixture. Cook watery arrowroot batter for 5 minutes with continuous stirring in between. Once it starts forming a jelly like consistency and becomes thick, cook in low flame. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to thicken.
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  • When the mixture starts getting more thicker and leaves the sides of pan, stir it continuously for another 1-2 minutes, add required sugar, grated coconut, a pinch of cardamom powder and remove it from the flame.
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  • Finally add the roasted rice and mix well.
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  • Pour the delicious halwa into serving bowls and serve immediately. It tastes better when served immediately.
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