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Kamal Kakdi / कमल काकडी / Lotus / Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Kamal Kakdi / कमल काकडी
  • Common Name: Lotus
  • Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Water bodies
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year
  • Geography: Northern Indochina and East Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Seeds
  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Rhizomes are fried or cooked; stem is eaten cooked; seeds eaten popped.
  • As Medicine: Boil lotus pieces in water and drink for general health; lotus paste helps relieve headaches.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A
  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A
  • Pickling: Yes, parts of the flower
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: Yes, parts of the flower:Seeds preserved as makhane
  • Overall Method: Can be cooked into curries, cutlets; seeds can be eaten popped (makhane).

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: High potassium content.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps with general health and headaches.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Boil lotus pieces in water and drink for general health; lotus paste helps relieve headaches.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Sabji:
    Remove fibrous skin from stems and cut them uniformly. Wash and drain stems, then heat oil in a pan. Sauté onions, green chilies and ginger-garlic paste with salt. Add turmeric, red chili, coriander, garam masala, cumin powder, and sauté. Mix in water lily stems, cook covered until tender

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Kamal Kakdi / कमल काकडी / Lotus / Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.

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