Beautiful crunchy snack food that is a “must ” try. If you are tired of French fries, do try the high fiber content of the unique lotus stems. Also know and Nadur Churma and sold in the streets all over Kashmir is this mouth watering snack that is so very easy to make.
Lotus Stem is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C.
The actual stems at my local Asian market in Virginia look like this:
The recipe is so simple and just takes the lotus stems cut in length, salt cayenne ( Kashmiri chili pepper) and some rice flour. You could also use gram flour. I have fried these in coconut oil here.
- 1 long lotus stem scraped cleaned washed and cut into 2 inch lengths
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 tsp black cumin seeds
- 1 tsp thyme leaves
- Coconut oil for frying
Putting it together:
- Scrape the top dark skin of the Lotus Stems.
- Thoroughly wash the lotus stems and cut in strips like french fries.
- Dry with a towel
- Sprinkle with sea salt and some chili pepper
- Make a slurry of rice flour and water, add pounded cumin and thyme leaves and combine the strips thoroughly
- Deep fry in oil until golden brown
- Dry on a paper towel or newspaper to get rid of the extra oil.
- Sprinkle some more salt and chili pepper
- Serve hot and crisp with a coriander mint chutney.