Baked Lotus Roots Manchurian

When I found the cleaned and cut lotus stem in farmers market I could not resist buying.  Crispy Lotus roots dish is a very healthy appetizer as this root is rich in vitamins. Normally in restaurants they deep fry with cornstarch. I tried without frying and cornstarch and trust me it came  out great.

Here is the recipe:

Macros 100-gram serving of lotus root
Calories 74
Protein  3 grams
Carbohydrate 17 grams (including 5 grams of fiber)

Ingredients ( For baking the root)
2 large lotus roots
2 teaspoon olive oil or sesame oil
1 tsp of ground black pepper
1/2- 3/4 tbsp salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Combine the slices of the root in  1 tbsp oil, black pepper, salt in bowl.
  3. Mix with hands until roots are evenly covered with oil and seasonings.
  4. Brush baking sheets with olive oil.
  5. Place slices in a single layer on the baking sheet over a tray.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes and check for ones that are browning rapidly.
  7. Put the baking tray in the oven and repeat the process of checking and removing
  8. The entire process can take 30-35  minutes depending on your oven and how thin are slices of the lotus root.

Ingredients ( For the sauce)

  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil or oil of your choice
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Grated Fresh Ginger and garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Thinly Sliced spring onions
  • 1 cup chopped colored peppers
  • 4 tablespoons dark soy Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Hot Chili Sauce
  • Pinch of Xylitol or stevia (Optional)
  • Toasted peanuts (Optional for garnishing)

    Method

  1. Heat a wok and pour in oil, add in the ginger and garlic, sauté for 1 minute.
  2. You can add sesame seeds if you want.
  3. Once ginger garlic is cooked, add in onions, and rest of the veggies.
  4. Saute on high heat. Once it is turn crispy, you can add the sauce mixture slowly. Add xylitiol or sweetner if you wants sweet and tangy taste.
  5. Keep stirring till it turns thick.
  6. Once the saucet is done add the baked lotus roots.Sprinkle the toasted peanuts, and spring onions and give it a stir.
  7. Serve hot.
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