Bhe/Bhis (Lotus Roots) vegetable is a dish that you normally don’t find in restaurants so it’s nice to make it at home and keep the old recipes alive.
|Preparation Time:||60 minutes|
|Bhe/Bhis (lotus roots)||1 lb|
|Jeera (cumin seeds)||3/4 tsp|
|Haldi (turmeric powder)||1/2 tsp|
|Lal mirch (red chilli powder)||1/4 tsp|
|Dhaniya (coriander) powder||1 1/2 tsp|
|Garam Masala||1/2 tsp|
|Amchur (dried mango powder)||1/2 tsp|
- Peel lotus roots and wash them.
- Chop them in half centimeter thick pieces. If there is dirt in the holes, clean it with toothpick and boil it in water so that the dirt washes away.
- Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and wait till they puff up.
- Add haldi, lal mirch, dhaniya powder and stir for a few seconds.
- Quickly add chopped lotus roots and salt. Mix everything together. Add a half cup of water and close the lid.
- Lower the heat on the first whistle. Turn off the heat in 10 minutes.
- Open the cooker when steam dies down. Check if lotus roots are soft. If not, cook for some more time. Add some more water if required.
- Once it’s cooked, add garam masala and dry mango powder and mix. Cook it in the open cooker so that all the water dries down. Bhe/Bhis vegetable is ready.
- Serve hot with Urad Dal, Rice and Roti.
- You can always replace cumin seeds with cumin powder in this recipe. Whenever adding powdered spices to the oil, make sure to reduce heat and add the vegetables quickly otherwise the spices will burn.
- You may have to adjust the duration of the cooking depending on your pressure cooker and the quality of lotus roots. Sometimes, they take a long time to become soft. Just make sure that you have enough water in the cooker so that they do not burn.
- Lotus roots have been found to be rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, while very low in saturated fat (from wikipedia).