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Taro Rolls - A Recipe for Delicious Rolls Made from Taro Served at Most Luaus


Taro rolls are simply delicious, much more moist than other rolls you'll ever eat. They are served at most luaus in Hawaii and also available at many grocery stores and bakeries.

Hawaiian taro is more versatile today than just traditional poi. In the islands it's also made into chips (as in potato chips) and even flour which is then used to bake pancakes, or bread. This recipe from the Polynesian Cultural Center Alii Luau calls for a delicious dinner roll form.

Yield: 1-1/2 doz

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • Warm water (90 degrees), 1-1/3 cups
  • Egg, 1
  • Poi, 1 cup
  • Butter, softened, 1/2 cup
  • Purple Food Coloring, 1 tsp
  • Sugar, 1 cup
  • Flour, 2 lbs
  • Salt, 1/4 tsp
  • Yeast , 2-1/2 tsp


Use a table mixer

In a mixing bowl combine egg, butter, food coloring, poi and water.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.

Mix all ingredients on speed 2 with a dough hook; texture should be smooth.

Remove from mixing bowl and place on flour table top; scale 3 oz.

Dough and roll into ball size.

Line baking pan with aluminum foil and place roll taro balls 3x4.

Set a side to rise for 15-20 minutes.

Bake at 225 degrees for 20 minutes.

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