Arrowroot milk or Poridge / Koove Haalu or koove manni

Arrowroot is called as Koove gadde in kannada. There is no doubt that arrowroot is a superfood.  It makes a wonderful infant/ toddler food and also best remedy for urinary infection and other ailments because of body heat such as mouth ulcer and acidity.  It also believed to be helpful in treating diarrhea and other issues related to digestive system.  Making arrowroot powder is really a tedious task, which used to be a common scene in the many homes of coastal Karnataka, especially in the havyaka households.

The panty of any Haveeka kitchen would definitely had this wonder food! Today I am sharing a very simple recipe of making koove manni/ haalu or arrowroot porridge. Though today’s pediatricians don’t recommend any external food to the new born babies other than mother’s milk or formula, it was very common in olden days to feed the baby with thin arrowroot milk starting from as early as 3 months. Gradually, they used to make the porridge thicker and feed it. This milk used to be the staple for the one suffering from burning urination.

Arrowroot milk or Poridge

Type 1: For adults

Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves: 1 glass


Arrowroot powder – 1 tsp

Milk – ½ cup

Water – ½ cup

Sweetener of choice (Sugar, Kallu sakkare or jaggery)– 1 tsp (optional), I usually don’t prefer jaggery with milk as it contains salt which is not a good combination


  • Dissolve arrowroot powder in water at room temperature without any lumps.
  • Bring this mixture to boil by continuously stirring it. If you don’t follow this, there will be lumps formed.
  • Add milk and give a quick boil too.
  • Add sweetener and serve.


  • This can be served with added dry fruits & nuts as energy drink for the playing kids (morning/ evening).
  • Consistency can be adjusted as you like – thin or thick based on your liking.
  • You can prepare it with only milk, water can be avoided.


Type 2: Small babies (6-8 months)

  • Dissolve ½ tsp arrowroot powder with ¼ cup of milk mixed with water (1:1). Boil well until cooked.
  • Cool and feed.
  • I don’t recommend to add sugar.
  • While feeding babies please make sure to source arrowroot powder from  genuine seller.
  • Check with the pediatrician before feeding anything external.
  • The poridge can be made thicker for older kids and dry fruits can be added if they like (1+ years)
Koove Haalu or koove manni