Lotus root made with a crispy batter incorporated with spices are the ultimate homemade treat! This Air Fryer Lotus Root – Kashmiri Nadru Monja recipe is a perfect accompaniment to comfort food. Lotus root fritters can be served as a side dish, an appetizer or snack.
This Air Fryer Lotus Root – Kashmiri Nadru Monja recipe use a few ingredients and come together really fast! Traditionally, these are deep fried, however, I have attempted to make a healthy version by air frying them in the Air Fryer.
What is lotus root?
Even though they are known as lotus “roots”, they are actually the stem of the plant that can grow up to 4 feet, modified for underwater growth. The actual roots are fine and thin and are found below the stem.
The lotus root aka the stem is frequently used as a vegetable in Asian and Indian cuisines within soups and curries. It can also be deep-fried, stir-fried, or braised. Kashmiri’s call it “Nadru”. They are also know as “Kamal Kakdi” or “Bhein” in India.
In Kashmiri cuisine, “Nadru” is cooked in several ways. It is often combined with fish, collard greens, potatoes, spinach, or just by itself as a curry. It is also deep fried.
Lotus roots are a good source of dietary fiber and vitamins and they look like an edible snowflake. They have a crunchy and delicate flavor.
They are available in Asian stores in the vegetable aisle. I typically buy mine from H-Mart.
What kind of lotus root should I use for this Air Fryer Lotus Root – Kashmiri Nadru Monja recipe?
For this particular recipe, I recommend using the fresh kind. The fresh lotus root needs to be peeled, rinsed and sliced into thin long slices. I recommend soaking the lotus toots in a colander full of water for about 5 minutes, before peeling them and slicing them. That enables them to squeaky clean. I used 2 small lotus roots for this recipe.
What ingredients to I need to make this Air Fryer Lotus Root – Kashmiri Nadru Monja?
Lotus roots, rice flour, red chili powder, water, salt, oil, and cumin seeds.
How do I make Air Fryer Lotus Root – Kashmiri Nadru Monja?
Firstly, rinse the lotus roots well. Further, place them in a colander for 5 minutes before peeling and chopping them. Furthermore, dry them well with a kitchen towel. Next, slice them into thin strips like french fries. Then, dab them well with a kitchen towel to dry them.
Additionally, place the rice flour in a bowl.
To the rice flour, add 1 tablespoon oil, red chili powder, salt, and cumin seeds.
Then add water and mix well. Add the lotus roots to the mixed batter.
When you are ready to cook, grease the air fryer basket with the remaining oil. I grease mine by rubbing, brushing, or spraying, a little bit of oil on the bottom grate. Then, follow your air fryer directions for preheating to 350°F for 5 minutes. When it’s preheated, working in batches, place the lotus root in a single layer.
Air Fry the lotus root at 350°F for 10 minutes. Toss and cook again at 380°F for 6 minutes.
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Air Fryer Lotus Root – Kashmiri Nadru Monja
- Air Fryer
- Rinse the lotus root. Place it in a colander for 5 minutes. Peel and chop the lotus root into thin finger like pieces. Dab it dry.
- In a bowl, add 1 tbsp oil with all the other ingredients except lotus root and water. Then, add water and stir well.
- Add the sliced lotus root in the mix and coat it well.
- When you are ready to cook, rub inside of air fryer basket with the remaining oil.
- Preheat the air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes.
- Once the air fryer is preheated, add the lotus root coated with batter in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
- Air fry at 350°F for 10 minutes. Toss and cook again 380°F for 6 minutes. Remove the air fried lotus root in a plate. Repeat until you run out of all the batter.
- Serve hot.