Sweet & Spicy Lotus Stem

An easy to make appetizer which is crunchy with the sweet and spicy flavours that will explode in your mouth. 

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Recipe 
Serves – 2

INGREDIENTS 

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 inch ginger, crushed
2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
1 large capsicum, finely chopped
1 spring onion, finely chopped and greens kept aside for garnishing
200g lotus stems, thinly sliced
3 tbsp corn flour
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp green chilli sauce
½ tbsp soy sauce
1½ tbsp honey
½ tsp red chilli powder
1 green chilly, chopped
Salt to taste
Oil, for frying
Sesame seeds, for garnishing

METHOD

1. Take a bowl and soak thinly sliced lotus stems in water for about 5 minutes. 

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2. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. 

3. While the oil is heating, drain the soaked lotus stems and dust them with corn flour evenly. 

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4. Deep fry the lotus stems until they turn golden brown in colour. Drain excess oil on a paper towel and keep aside. 

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5. Now heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and cook until they turn golden brown. 

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6. Add chopped onions, capsicum, spring onion and salt. Sauté for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables have become tender.

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7. Add tomato ketchup, green chilli sauce, soya sauce and honey. Mix well till the sauces are well combined with the vegetables.

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8. Add the red chilli powder and chopped green chilli. Mix well. The taste should be well balanced and neither too sweet nor too spicy. 

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9. Now add the fried lotus stems to the sauce and mix well until coated evenly. 

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10. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with spring onion greens and sesame seeds. 

Serve hot & immediately so that lotus stems does not become soggy.

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