Katakuriko

Dogtooth Violet Starch

Taken from the dogtooth violet plant, katakuriko is a white powder without any taste or smell, used to thicken soups and sauces. Another way of utilising katakuriko is to mix it with spices and lightly sprinkle it over pieces of chicken or other ingredients before frying them. A very versatile foodstuff, katakuriko helps keep the nutrients and the taste of the ingredients in the food. Nowadays, potato starch or cornstarch are often used as a substitute for katakuriko, since natural dogtooth violet starch has become very expensive.