Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lotus Root Stir Fry


Lotus Root is widely used for cooking throughout Asia . All the parts of Lotus ( Flowers , Seeds , Leaves and Roots)  are edible and can be used for many purposes. The dried seed heads are used for decorative purposes and for flower arrangements.  Young Lotus stems can be used for Salads . These roots can be used in Soups , Deep - Fried , Stir - Fried  , Pickles .

 Lotus Roots are crunchy in texture sweet-tangy in flavor. 

Lotus roots have been found to be rich in dietary fiber , vitamin C, potassium, Thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, while very low in saturated fat.

Health Benefits of Lotus Roots :  Cleansing and Strengthening the respiratory system. It is said to melt mucus in the body, especially in the lungs. Widely used in Asian, Lotus Root is used to treat tuberculosis and other lung-related illnesses, such as asthma.


Ingredients:

 Lotus Roots 
 Salt 
 Turmeric Powder
 Chili Powder
 Coriander Powder
 Onions - Sliced
 Ginger  Paste
 Garlic - Chopped 
 Oil 
 Mustard Seeds
 Fennel Seeds
  

Instructions:
  • Wash , Clean and Slice the Lotus Root  .
  • Pressure Cook the Lotus Root with Salt and Turmeric Powder. ( Probably 2 Whistles ) . Drain the water .
  •  Heat the oil , Add Mustard Seeds , Cook until the Mustard Seeds Splutter. Then dd the Fennel Seed. Cook it till is golden brown .
  • Add the garlic and fry and then add ginger paste and cook by adding little salt.
  • Add the pressure cooked Lotus roots ,  Chili Powder , Coriander Powder and Turmeric Powder and roast the Lotus Root till they turn Golden brown.
  • Lastly add the sliced onions and  half cook . 
 

Notes -

  •   I  pressure cook the lotus root because i get only frozen one's.
  •  The water which is drained can be used for gravies or  rasam's.
  •  You can even steam the lotus root.
  •  For more flavor add Mini dried Shrimps.

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