What is the difference between cornstarch and arrowroot?
Arrowroot is starch obtained from a variety of tropical plants, while cornstarch is starch obtained from corn (of course). They are both used as thickening agents in a variety of recipes, and they are somewhat interchangeable.
Per 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder needed substitute:
- 1 tablespoon Quick cooking tapioca.
- OR 1 1/2 teaspoons of Cornstarch.
- OR 1 teaspoon Mashed potato flakes.
- Arrowroot powder is a starch derived from a South American plant and is used as a thickener in recipes. This powder is used in the same way cornstarch is, though there are some differences between the two starches. Arrowroot is a root starch that acts as a thickener.
- This is another chance for you to use a 1:1 substitute ratio (Ex: Use 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch or you can use 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch). Tapioca flour and arrowroot starch are very similar in taste and flavor so substituting one for the other will work just fine.
- Arrowroot powder is great as a thickener for everything from gravy to puddings to soups. Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea), which comes from the Marantaceae family of plants, isn't a plant per se; it's a nutritionally dense starch that can be extracted from the tubers of a number of perennial rhizomes.
Arrowroot starch comes from the Maranta arundinacea plant, which is considered an herb, while tapioca is obtained from the cassava root. They are both gluten-free, so they are popular thickeners for those with gluten sensitivities.
- If you run short of tapioca flour while preparing any dish, then its substitutes will come in use. The composition of a substitute is almost similar to tapioca flour and so is its usefulness. The common substitutes are cornstarch, potato starch, arrowroot, rice flour, etc.
- Sometimes arrowroot powder is known as arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch and they're all the same thing. It's simply a white, powdery starch that's naturally gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and paleo-friendly.
- Arrowroot powder can be used as a way to thicken soups, stews, gravies, and sauces. You do this by making a “slurry.” Mix the arrowroot into a cold liquid such as water or non-dairy milk and whisk until smooth. Then you pour the slurry into the hot sauce or gravy to thicken it and make it glossy.
Updated: 6th October 2019