Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Lotus Root/Kamal Kakri sabji

I had actually never bought or tasted lotus root before. Though I have seen this vegetable in the frozen section of the Indian grocery store, I have never been bold enough to experiment something totally new. But thanks to blogging, I am now involved in cooking like never before and look at food in a completely different light.
I bought frozen lotus root over the weekend simply because it looked so pretty!
For those of you interested in knowing more about the nutritional value of lotus root, please see

After doing a little bit of research, I gathered that it was not the easiest of vegetables to cook with and I found the root to be almost tasteless by itself with no aroma.

This was the way I ended up preparing it.

3 cups frozen lotus root
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
½ tsp red chilli powder
A pinch of turmeric powder
½ tsp coriander powder
2 tsp Punjabi garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ cup yogurt
1 Tbsp oil
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste

Boil the lotus root cubes in water for about 15-20 minutes till tender. (This could take longer too as they don’t get cooked/soft that easily). Drain & set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds followed by the ginger-garlic paste.

Add the onions & sauté till transparent. Add all the spices followed by the chopped tomatoes and cook.

Add the lotus root cubes & cook covered for about 5-7 minutes.

Stir in the yogurt & mix well and cook for a minute or so.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

To conclude, the great thing about lotus root was its appearance & crunch. The dish turned out to be good with the lotus root retaining its crispy texture and taking on the flavors of anything added to it.

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Suma Gandlur said...

Now, lotus root is something I have never tried either. I had no idea about them until bloggers started blogging about them, though I have seen grocers selling them.
Yuor description of the dish is tempting me to try this one.

TBC said...

It was new to me as well. I am glad I tried it. Go ahead & give it a shot!

Savithri said...

I've always enjoyed lotus root in vetha kozhambu!

Interesting recipe you made up for it:)

Laavanya said...

Everytime we saw this (canned or frozen), my husband would ask me to make this. Apparently he has tasted it once (doesn't know what it was cooked with or how) and liked but I was hesitant. Maybe he'll like your version... :)

bee said...

lotus root chips are some of the tastiest things we've eaten. there's a recipe on our blog. we love this veggie.

Asha said...

Crunchy and yet absorbs flavors! Sounds like Jicama!!:)
I have never cooked with it either,will see next time if I can get frozen ones.Looks great tbc.Try everything once is my theory too:))

SeeC said...

This is unique. I have tasted Lotus stem fries.
I am not sure if I could get this here. Let me try.

Poonam said...

Is this crunchy like waterchestnuts?

Sharmi said...

I have never made kamal kakri nor eaten. scared to try because I dont know how it would turn out to be. your pics look nice though.

Roopa said...

Wow hmm this is something i still need to try :)looks good

Jyothi said...

Never heard and tried lotus roots. Looks great. Will try this. Thanks for sharing.

Kajal said...

I never know about this Lotus Root. But your dish looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing new dish.:)

Raaga said...

I've always looked at the stuff and never ever bought it... I agree, food blogging opens up a whole new world.

Great recipe.

TBC said...

Thanks for visiting!
You have a real recipe for vetha kozhambu ?( unlike my made up one)
Share it with us, please?

I had never even seen the whole root.I had to google it to see what it looked like.
Do try it for ur hubby & lemme know.

Bee, chips seem to be a great idea. I just saw ur recipe:-).

Asha, what is " Jicama"? Is it a Kannada word for some veg?
Do try it.
I have also decided that I am going to start buying & making things I have never bought/cooked with before.

TBC said...

Fries sound good.Bee just mentioned that she makes chips.I had no idea.I hear that they make a very good addition to soups too.

Yes, it is. Very crisp & nice, does not fall apart even after cooking for a long time.

I am just like you:-)It is only recently that I have started doing these strange( according to my husband) things!

Roopa & Jyothi, thanks!

You are welcome.

Raaga, thanks!

Bharathy said...

Never tried lotus roots...I think they are crunchy..

Nice Novel pick!great blog!!
BTW,I never entered a 3rd pic..only the first 2..hope you can view them..:)Thanks for dropping by..

TBC said...

Hey Bharathy , thanks for stopping by & thanks for your kind words:-)

Saju said...

I just bought some lotus root, fresh from a Chinese store, and was wondering how to use them, thanks for the ideas, I may use your recipe for my lunch party on Sunday

TBC said...

Saju, thanks!
I have heard that they are a good addition to soups as well.

amna said...

i have heard that lotus roots are a delicacy in many parts of india.. havent tasted it before. looks really appetising (maybe cuz its time for breakfast!!)

nice pics too.. keep up the awesome job :)

blogrolling you..

TBC said...

Hey Nags, thanks for stopping by & welcome!
Thanks for the kind words & the encouragement & yes, thanks for blogrolling me! Oooh , I've never said thanks so many times in one sentence ;-)

zlamushka said...

Wow, thanx for visiting my blog. I was amazed to read yours. You have a lot of interesting recipes from all cuisines, I like that...
My RSS is updated now, thanx.
I have never cooked with lotus roots. And actualy, I only ate them sweet (the holes were stuffed with sugarry bean paste and they were glazed. It was very yummy...

TBC said...

Thank you for your kind words.You have some great recipes on your blog too. I will be visiting regularly:-)

I too had never used lotus root before. Now, I want to try sweet lotus root :-)

Dee said...

Hey, I make it in a similar fashion, except that I reaslied for our palette we like the lotus root to be fried rather than boiled. This recipe is really nice , else I simply fry the lotus root and add garam masala. I have started making this bcos K likes it and I tried it only after my marriage. Never tried it before

TBC said...

Yeah, Dee....as I had mentioned it really has no taste of its own, so I had to add a lot of other things to get some kind of flavor.But I really like ur way of doing it.:-)

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I tried preparing this dish for the very frst time using your instructions and OMG it turned out really well!

TBC said...

V- I'm glad u liked it. I have to tell u this- I never got a chance to use this vegetable again after I made this!
Thanks for letting me know and hope to see you around.:-)

amna said...

I wonder whether pressure cooking these will make it too mushy. I have never tried them either :)

TBC said...

I' used this veggie just this once and did not use the PC at the time.. don't know how it would turn out... maybe you could let me know? :D

Sakshi said...

I tried your recipe after grabbing a bag of lotus root from the Indian store just because I found the bag pleading to me to take it home...have never tried eating them before. Your dish came out so good with the yogurt and all giving it a great taste...in short this one is for keeps and hope you will come up with more lotus recipes :)

TBC said...

Sakshi: thank you so much for the feedback whenever you try one of my recipes.
You know, I've never used lotus root after that.:) About time I tried some again, huh? :D

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