Indigenous to Asian countries, lotus stems are edible roots of the lotus flower and are used as a root vegetable. While growing up in India, I first remember viewing the root as unappetizing but once cut, the shape of individual slices piqued my interest. The lotus stem is a good source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber. The root in its fresh form can be found in any Asian grocery stores or the canned form is available at any Indian grocery store. The raw slices are crunchy and slightly sweet and it’s thinly cut slices are often used for snacks such as potato chips and in spicy pickles or ‘Kamal kakri ka achar’. Another preparation I make to this day is ‘Bhein ki sabzi’ or Lotus Stem Curry.
Try out this recipe for ‘Spicy Lotus Stem Curry
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