Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fried Lotus Root


I am in countdown mode for Chinese New Year and will start shopping today. I make lots of lucky foods (see Chinese New Year Foods on Pages). But I also wanted to give you another food to try that is considered very lucky - Fried Lotus Root.  Isn't it beautiful? And you know I love beautiful food!  It symbolizes Continuing Wealth so be sure to eat it sometime during the two week New Year period. 

Lotus is my Chinese name and I have always been fascinated with the fact that you can eat just about every part of the plant. The Root in Chinese Medicine is considered very good for preventing and stopping bleeding. It is also considered good food for the Liver, Lungs and Stomach.

This dish is so easy to make and it is delicious - my son says that Fried Lotus Root tastes a lot like French Fries with an internal crunch. All that's required to make it is to buy Fresh Lotus Root which comes in connected sections. You peel it and slice it and then pan fry it in a small amount of oil. Sometimes you can find it already peeled and sliced, but be sure to dry it thoroughly as it is usually packed in some liquid. Then sprinkle with salt an enjoy - that's it!  Lucky Food made easily....

Fried Lotus Root

4 - 5 Segments of Lotus Root
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil (I use High Heat Safflower)
Sea Salt to Taste (about 1 teaspoon total)

Break Lotus Root into individual sections and cut off stem and connector ends. Then peel with a vegetable peeler. Slice into 1/4 - 1/2 inch pieces.  Heat oil in a frying pan and place Lotus Root pieces in carefully. Cook until golden brown on one side and then slip over and cook until Golden Brown on the other side.  Drain on Paper Towels and Sprinkle with Sea Salt. Repeat until all slices are done.  

Five Element Analysis

As a root vegetable, Lotus Root belongs to the Wood Element, but because it is White, it is also a bit Metallic. The cooking method, frying, is Fiery and the Salt adds a little Water. While this snack is definitely not a balanced meal, it can contribute to your Five Element food balance for the day!

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