1 February, 2017
Kamal kakri : Lotus root fries
Raise your hand if you do not like fries. It is one of those snacks that truly is hard to resist.
Fries can be of potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams etc, but have you tried Lotus root fries? Not available year round , I recently found them in the Canadian Superstore.
This sausage shaped vegetable is a rhizome of the Lotus plant, Nelumbo nucifera. It has been variously used in salads, stir fries, pickles and so on. Did you know it is high in fibres and vitamins ? It boosts immunity, relieves stress, stimulates circulation, helps with digestion and bowel movements.
Be it watching a game or a movie, we need fries. I wouldn’t shy away from trying this unusual vegetable.
Fresh lotus roots 3 pieces about 4 inches long each.
Canola oil for deep frying
Vinegar 1 cup
Chaat masala 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chilli powder 1/4 tsp ( optional )
Chopped cilantro 1 tsp
Discard the two stubby ends of the root. Peel off the skin using a potato peeler. Cut in thin slices. Take a deep bowl with water and vinegar, throw the cut pieces inside. Let it sit for half hour. Clean meticulously to get rid of the dirt inside. Spread them on a kitchen towel to dry.
Take a non stick frying pan with canola oil about an inch deep. Fry the cut and dried pieces in batches on medium heat. Do not overcrowd them. Make sure both sides are light brown in colour. Collect them on a paper towel.
Sprinkle salt, chaat masala, chilli powder, cilantro and enjoy.
Chaat masala is available in Indian grocery stores or the World food section of the Canadian Superstore.