A vegetarian delicacy that is an integral part of the waazwan
Preparation time:10 mins Cooking time:20 mins Serves: 4 Recipe Ingredients: for Lotus Stem 200 gm Lotus Stem cut and cleaned 500 Ml Hot Water 1 Big Black Cardamom 1 Stick Cinnamon 2 Small Green Cardamom ¼ th Tsp Ginger Powder ½ Tsp Fennel 1 Big Cup Curd 1 Small Stick Cinnamon ½ Tsp Anise Seed ¼th Tsp Dried and Crushed Mint leaves ¼th Tsp Salt ¼th Cup Water 2 Tbsp Ghee
Recipe Method: Boil the cut and cleaned lotus stem with black and green cardamom, cinnamon, ginger powder and fennel. Cook till tender. In another pan heat curd on low flame whisking continuously to stop the curd from splitting. add the cinnamon, anise seed, dried mint, salt and water. Add the cooked Lotus stem to the curd mixture and cook for 5 minutes with a little water. Heat ghee in aseparatepan and when hot pour into the curd mixture covering it with a lid immediately.
If you would like to make this a vegetarian course, leave out the chicken and add more vegetables or tofu. The secret to making a good curry is to check that your spices are fresh and to cook them until they are aromatic and have lost their ‘raw’ taste.
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