Shahi Kamal Kakdi Or Lotus Stem Korma

Shahi Kamal Kakdi or lotus stem korma. Fried lotus stem slices in spicy aromatic silky smooth thick gravy with fresh or raw turmeric/kachchi haldi made this korma lipsmackingly delicious. If you like lotus stem and bored of usual kofta, curry like usual recipe then its perfect for you. You can also serve this flavorful and delectable shahi korma as a party side dish.

What is korma

Korma or qorma (Hindi: क़ोरमा; Urdu: قورمہ; Bengali: কোরমা) is a dish originating in the Indian subcontinent, consisting of meat or vegetables braised with yogurt (dahi), water or stock, and spices to produce a thick sauce or gravy. Korma has its roots in the Mughlai cuisine[1] of the Indian subcontinent. A characteristic Mughal dish, it can be traced back to the 16th century and to the Mughal incursions into the region. Kormas were often prepared in the Mughal court kitchens. Wikipedia

And Shahi refers to royal. Cashew nuts, almond, fresh cream, and coconut made this korma perfectly shahi or royal. If you love the taste of lotus stem then you can also try Lotus stem biryani.

And here are some korma recipes from this blog.

1. Okra or bhindi korma

2. Soya nugget korma

3. Savoury rasgulla korma

4. Egg korma

You may also like to try Shahi paneer matar from the blog of my friend Priya Iyer.

You can serve this shahi korma with any bread or rice dishes. This korma is one of my daughter’s favourite curry and her suggestion is its best to serve with Malabar paratha or puri. Now choice is yours 😊 Today I served it with a thali of steamed rice, roti, dhania aloo, pumpkin fry and chicken curry.

Ingredients used to make this shahi korma

1. Lotus stem or kamal kakdi – Main ingredient is this Lotus stem. You have to rinse the stem well. Rinse before and after peeling and also after cutting. Then follow the steps as given below in recipe. Here are the pictures of before and after peeling lotus stem.

The lotus plant has been eaten as a food for 7,000 years in Asia. Its stem and roots are often added to soups and stir-fries, but its leaves, flowers, and seeds are also used in cooking. Additionally, its stems, seeds, leaves, and flowers have long been used in traditional medicine preparations. Lotus was used to treat diarrhea, infection, cough, high blood pressure, and fever, among other ailments The lotus plant has a long history of use in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. It contains many compounds that exhibit health benefits, including antioxidant and antibacterial effects. Healthline

Fresh turmeric or kachchi haldi – Used grated fresh turmeric instead of turmeric powder. Raw or fresh turmeric helps to improve immunity. You may also like to try Turmeric shot with Tulsi or Holy Basil and Vegan fruity golden smoothie with turmeric and aloe vera

Turmeric — and especially its most active compound, curcumin — have many scientifically proven health benefits, such as the potential to improve heart health and prevent against Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Source

Cashew nuts – Ground cashew nuts or Kaju used to make the gravy smooth creamy and tasty.

Almond – Almond or badam paste used to give a nutty taste and make the gravy creamy.

Melon seeds – Melon seeds or charmagaz are also use to make the gravy thick and smooth like other nuts.

Poppy seeds or khas khas – Soaked and ground poppy seeds will give a nutty flavour and make the gravy thick and smooth. To get some recipes with poppy seeds click here.

Fresh coconut – Fresh ground coconut will give a wonderful flavour and mildly sweet taste.

Ginger – Slightly hot ginger will give a lovely flavour to the curry. Ginger and all the other spices have numerous health benefits. You may love to try some recipes with ginger from this blog like Cauliflower with ginger julienne, Gingercake, Kiwi ginger lime cooler, Vegan broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne, Ginger noodles, Ginger chutney and Saffron rice with ginger julienne.

Garlic – Used Garlic to enhance the taste and flavour. Garlic has numerous health benefits including boosting immunity.

Tomato – Tomato with onion garlic and other spices not only give a wonderful taste and flavour but also give a lovely colour to the gravy.

Sugar – Sugar used to enhance the taste. Little sugar usually used to balance out the flavour and taste. And when adding while frying spices sugar caramelized and gives a lovely colour.

Salt – Salt used to enhance the taste.

Green chilli – Green chilli used to give a spicy kick and for flavour.

Dry red chilli – Soaked in hot water and ground dry red chilli also gives a nice aroma and colour to the gravy. Use less or more according to your spice tolerance.

Onion – Onion used to thickened the gravy and enhance the taste and flavour. Fried and ground onion will give a nice taste and flavour.

Cumin powder – Cumin or jeera powder used for a wonderful aroma and taste.

Coriander powder – Coriander or dhania powder widely used in Indian curries to give a nutty aroma.

Curd or yogurt – I used homemade curd. Thick curd used to give a buttery flavour and slightly tangy taste.

Cilantro or coriander leaves – Cilantro or coriander leaves used to enhance the taste and flavour.

Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, mace, nutmeg Kasuri methi and ghee or clarified butter used for a lovely aroma and enhance the taste of the gravy.

Fresh cream – Well beaten fresh cream or malai used to give a creaminess to the gravy and mildly sweet taste.

Oil – I used sunflower oil here but you can use any oil of your choice.

Try to prepare all the soaked and ground nuts and spices ready before cooking. You can chop and boil the lotus stem in advance and store in refrigerator for easy and quick cooking. If you don’t have fresh or raw turmeric, use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder instead. You can also grind 1 teaspoon soaked raisins with cashew nuts almond, poppy seeds and melon seeds if you like.

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Recipe

Lotus stem or kamal kakdi- 2

Cashew nuts or Kaju – 1 tablespoon

Almond or badam – 1 tablespoon

Melon seeds or charmagaz – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Grated Coconut – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Garlic – 2 cloves

Tomato – 2

Salt to taste

Fresh turmeric or kachchi haldi- 1 teaspoon, grated

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1-2 or to taste

Dry red chilli – 3

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon

Onion – 1, sliced

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander or dhania powder – 1 teaspoon

Thick curd or yogurt – 3 tablespoon

Green cardamom or ilaichi – 2

Cloves or laung – 3

Cinnamon or darchini – 1/2 inch piece

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Mace or javitri powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Jaiphal or nutmeg powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the lotus stem or kamal kakdi well. Peel and cut the both tips. Wash again under running tap water. Check if it properly clean from inside. Slice the lotus stem.

2. Rinse well and soak in sufficient water for 15-20 minutes. Drain the water and pressure cook with water for 3 whistle. Or after 1 whistle reduce the flame. Cook on simmer for 2 whistle. Immediately remove from heat after 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own .drain the water and keep aside.

3. Soak almond in hot water. Peel the almond when cool. Soak cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds in hot water. Or you can microwave for 1 minutes. Also Soak the dry red chilli in 3-4 tablespoon hot water.

4. Grind soaked and peeled almond, cashew nuts, poppy seeds, melon seeds,green cardamom, cloves and dry red chilli altogether with 3-4 tablespoon water. Grind into a smooth paste.

5. Whisk the curd with cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, nutmeg powder and mace powder.

6.. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the lotus stem slices till golden brown from all the sides. Don’t over crowd, frý in 2-3 batches and remove from oil and transfer to a plate.

7. In the same oil fry slied onion till brown. Let it cool down.

8. Grind the fried onion with green chilli, garlic, ginger, grated fresh turmeric and tomato. Make a smooth paste. Don’t add water.

9. Heat remaining oil of fried onion and add ghee. You can add little more oil if required. Add onion, green chilli, tomato paste and sugar. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

10. Add poppy seeds,coconut and nuts paste. Saute again till everything dried up and oil separates.

11. Reduce the heat and add spices mixed well beaten curd. Also add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Saute till dried up and oil leaves the sides. Add fried lotus stem and salt. Reserve 4-5 fried lotus stem slices for garnishing. Mix well.

12. Add 1&1/4 cup water and mix. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Don’t leave unattended. Check and stir in-between. You can add little more water if required to get your desired consistency. But don’t make it runny. Gravy should be thick.

13. Add remaining fresh cream and stir. Add cardamom powder and Kasuri methi. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm before adding.

14. Mix and remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add little more hot water if gravy becomes too thick. Garnish with fresh cream fried lotus stem slices and cilantro or coriander leaves.

15. Serve with roti, paratha, puri, naan, pulao, fried rice or steamed rice. This shahi korma is also great to serve with Malabar paratha.

Notes

1. If you want your korma less spicy use 1-2 red chilli. Use chilli according to your taste.

2. If you don’t have fresh or raw turmeric/kachchi haldi then you can use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder instead.

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Orange Grape Juice With Fresh Turmeric Mint And Lemon / Vegan Drink

Orange and grape juice with fresh turmeric, mint and lemon juice. A nutritious and delicious juice, perfect drink with your daily breakfast.

These days doctors advise everyone to take vitamin C enriched orange daily as a immunity booster. Grapes are also rich in vitamin C and A. So you can call it a immunity booster drink. Orange and grapes are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add any sweetener in it. I have made it 1 serving so used 1/2 cup grapes but you can use 1 cup grapes if you want. You can also increase the amount of turmeric. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon if you like the flavour.

Oranges are known for their high Vitamin C content. They are also rich in many anti-oxidants and carotenoids which are known to boost your immune system. Oranges can help in shielding the body from many types of infections and even the growth of cancerous cells. Regular consumption of Oranges can safeguard your body. To read more health benefits of orange click here .

Grapes also support immunity. In addition to the aforementioned vitamins C and A, which are both vital for immunity, grapes support the immune system through their natural anti-microbial properties. A one cup portion also supplies about two and a half ounces of water, which is important for hydration, circulation and healthy blood flow, and waste elimination. Source

Turmeric boosts the Immune System Here is a spice that should be added to your cold and flu prevention regimen! Turmeric is a natural way to help bolster the immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body. Try adding extra turmeric into your diet during periods of stress or during flu season to help give your immune system a little boost. Source

Lemons are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant which enhances the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. … Regular use can relieve joint pain, lemon juice is an anti-inflammatory because of its anti-oxidants. Lemons are very flavourful making them a healthy salt substitute. Source

Mint is rich in Nutrients. May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome. May Help Relieve Indigestion. Could Improve Brain Function. May Decrease Breastfeeding Pain. Subjectively Improves Cold Symptoms. May Mask Bad Breath. Easy to Add to Your Diet. Mint makes a delicious and healthy addition to many foods and beverages.Mint’s health benefits range from improving brain function and digestive symptoms to relieving breastfeeding pain, cold symptoms and even bad breath. Source

This week I have joined a new group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine.
Its my first post for the group. This time theme is Cool Colours suggested by Sasmita. Sasmita is a very talented blogger. I always love her wonderful recipes and photography. Sasmita shared Sparkling pomegranate iced tea for the theme.
Here are some other recipes shared by the group members.
Hand whipped dalgona coffee by Archana.

Mint mojito mocktail by Preethi. Pineapple mint mojito by Shalu. Revitaliser by Jayashree.
Mango and passionfruit iced tea by Swaty.
Pineapple juice by Narmadha.

A very easy to make yet delicious drink. You don’t need to add any sweetener because orange and grapes are naturally sweet. But you can add little pink salt if you want. I didn’t. Better to enjoy it without adding anything. You can also add more fresh turmeric if you like.

Recipe

Orange – 2,peeled

Grapes – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Fresh turmeric – 1/4 teaspoon, paste or grated

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Discard the seeds of oranges.

2. Blend everything in a blender. Sieve the juice using a strainer.

3. Or take out the juice of orange using a juicer. Blend orange juice with grapes, fresh turmeric mint leaves and lemon juice. See notes for more options.

4. Pour the juice in your favourite glass. Garnish with lemon wedge mint leaves and grape. Serve immediately.

Notes

1. If you want to serve chilled, add some ice cubes or keep the juice in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes before serving.

2. You can use more fresh turmeric. If you like the flavour. 1/2 or 1 teaspoon grated or paste can be added.

3. You can also use 1 cup grapes instead of 1/2 cup.

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Vegan Fruity Golden Smoothie With Turmeric And Aloe Vera

Vegan fruity golden smoothie with fresh turmeric and Aloe Vera.
Dairy free golden smoothie with fresh turmeric, ginger, Aloe Vera gel, grapes, orange, carrot, cucumber, coconut milk and flavoured with mint and cinnamon. A perfect breakfast smoothie for weight watchers.

You don’t need to make juice of orange and carrot. Just use finely chopped or grated carrot and remove the skin and seeds of orange before using. Smoothie is enough sweet due to orange and carrot so you don’t need any sweetener.
You can get some more smoothie recipe here.

Turmeric is known for it’s healing compounds curcumin. Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Earlier I have shared turmeric shot recipe. Click here to get the recipe.

Here are some health benefits of the ingredients used in this smoothie.
1. Orange is high in Vitamin, C. Healthy immune system. Prevents skin damage. Keeps blood pressure under check. Lowers cholesterol. Controls blood sugar level. Lowers the risk of cancer.
Source

2. Grapes are packed With Nutrients, Especially Vitamins C and K. High Antioxidant Contents May Prevent Chronic Diseases. Plant Compounds May Protect Against Certain Types of Cancer. Beneficial for Heart Health in Various Impressive Ways. May Decrease Blood Sugar Levels and Protect Against Diabetes.
Source

3. Carrots health benefits includes supporting healthy eyes, a good source of antioxidants, supporting healthy heart, supporting health teeth and gums, treating wounds, improving brain health and cognitive functions, fighting cancer, supporting better digestion, maintaining youthful age, supporting healthy hair and skin and lowering the risk of developing diabetes.
Source

4. Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
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5. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties .Curcumin Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound. Turmeric Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases.
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6. Aloe Vera contains healthful plant compounds. Antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Accelerates the healing of burns. Reduces dental plaque. Helps treat canker sores. Reduces constipation. May improve skin and prevent wrinkles. Lowers blood sugar levels.
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Now coming to the easy and simple recipe. Just combine everything and blend till the mixture becomes smooth. I don’t like the flavour of fresh turmeric so I have added cinnamon. Because of mint leaves and cinnamon you hardly notice turmeric flavour. If you want you can omit mint or cinnamon. But I recommend to use both for a lovely flavour.

Recipe

Grapes – 1 cup

Orange – 1 large or 2 small

Carrot – 1, grated or finely chopped

Cucumber – 1, optional

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional

Fresh turmeric – 1/2 inch piece

Mint leaves – few

Lemon juice – 1 – 2 tablespoon or as require

Aloe Vera gel – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Peel and remove the seeds of orange. I have small oranges so used two oranges. If you have large orange then use one.

2. Peel and chop the cucumber. Taste before using. Cucumber should not be bitter.

3. Peel and grate or finely chop the ginger and fresh turmeric.

4. Combine everything, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and blend till smooth and frothy. Taste and add more lemon juice if require.

5. Pour in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes in the glass if you want.

6. Garnish with mint leaves, cucumber and lemon wedges. Serve chilled or in room temperature.

Notes
1. If you want sweeter smoothie omit the cucumber
2. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can skip it.
3. Add lemon juice according to your taste.

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