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1 February, 2017

Kamal kakri : Lotus root fries

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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.

Inside  scoop;

Chaat  masala  is  available  in  Indian  grocery  stores  or  the  World  food  section  of  the  Canadian  Superstore.

By  Ratna




6 thoughts on : Kamal kakri : Lotus root fries

  • February 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    These are insane! They are gorgeous–they look like little stained glass windows–and they sound delicious.

    • Ratna
      February 18, 2017 at 12:44 am

      Thanks Jess, they do look artistic, don’t they. Deep fried and crunchy are my weakness. Welcome to cooking sutra. Have a great weekend.

  • February 10, 2017 at 5:50 am

    They look totally addictive. Never tried cooking with lotus root at home. They would make such pretty garnishes.

    • Ratna
      February 11, 2017 at 3:26 am

      You are right , They would make a great garnish. The fries were fantastic on their own too. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Ev
    February 1, 2017 at 5:57 am

    These look so yummy Ratna – I’m not sure if we can get Lotus Roots here in South Africa. xxx

    • Ratna
      February 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      They really are Ev. I’d be surprised if you don’t. The places to try in my mind could be Indian grocery stores or even Asian stores.Look for the frozen section too. Good luck.

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