Eating healthy is a big challenge, especially when we are all staying at home and not really going out to the supermarkets for our daily grocery runs. Cooking healthy can become a bit of a hassle, and so we end up ordering in, which is not that great for the pocket, even if it is good for the heart.

Lotus stem is an ingredient you don’t see much in your daily life, but it is not a stranger in Indian cuisine. This root vegetable, also known as lotus root, is full of natural antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. You can get your daily dose of potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber with this crunchy veggie. 

Here are some recipes you can use to include them in your food intake every day. 

1. Lotus Stem Tikki 



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Kamal Kakdi tikkis are a staple in Sindhi diet. You stuff the vegetable with herbs and spices and then batter fry them to make the crunchy veggie a yummy addition to your snack time. Make sure you wash your lotus stem very thoroughly before cooking! 

Find the recipe here. 

2. Kashmiri Nadru Yakhni 



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Lotus stems are used frequently in Kashmiri cuisine and Nadru Yakhni is a prime example of how you can make this vegetable delectable. This is a simple curry made with yogurt, spices, and gram flour. It goes great with rice, but you can try it with quinoa as well! 

Find the recipe here. 

3. Lotus Root Chips 



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If you are looking for an easy and healthy snack to replace your potato chips, lotus root is here to save the day. Thinly slicing the root gives you access to the gorgeous pattern within, which makes the chip as delightful to look at as to eat. Already crispy, the root becomes the perfect crunch food for down-time!

Find the recipe here. 

4. Fish Curry With Lotus Stem



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Get all the goodness of the lotus stem with the omega 3 fatty acids of fish with this Kashmiri recipe. Easy to make and great to eat, this meal can make even the most boring lunches seem fun and interesting. 

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5. Crispy Honey Lotus Stem



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We have crispy honey potatoes and crispy honey chicken, why exclude lotus stem from the party? Easy to make and great to serve, this dish can serve as the perfect, healthy appetizer to your dinner parties and late-night soirées. 

Find the recipe here. 

6. Sweet And Spicy Crispy Lotus Stem

This is the perfect recipe for those looking for gluten-free, mineral-rich food to go with their dinner. If you are a fan of pan-Asian cuisine, this Shanghai-inspired dish will go great with your noodles and rice. Lotus stem, as such, is widely used in Chinese, Indian, and Japanese cuisines. 

Find the recipe here. 

If you are looking for a superfood that will help you fight off infections, boost your immunity, and help with the production of red blood cells, this is a great option! Lotus stem is also supposed to be very helpful for diabetes and weight loss. 

The best way to ensure that you eat healthily and at home is to include interesting recipes in your arsenal and have fun with the ingredients that you have access to!

Happy eating!

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