Sacred Sautéed Lotus Shoots, Quick and Easy

by honeybee

I will share my quick and easy lotus flower shoot sauté. The lotus flower is a special and sacred flower in Buddhism. This variety is the okay one to eat. No negative karma.

For my readers from the West, this might be an interesting recipe, however, possibly unattainable. Availability of this flower or its shoots, for you, are a mystery to me as we can plunk down about 25 cents and leave the fresh market with a few pounds of tender lotus flower shoots everyday.

The taste is distinctive, and unlikely to be replicated with a substitute. If you are unable to access lotus flower shoots, please at least let your imagination take you off to dream about our exotic home.

In Buddhism the “Buddha” flower, is sacred. According to local tradition, the portion of the plant that lives under the water is edible. But, the good news is there are other varieties of the lotus flower.

This one is widely used in our neck of the woods, and won’t result in any negative karma.

Jewel of the Lotus

Buddha Tradition

I hope you enjoy reading about, and possibly trying to make this simple recipe. I hope you enjoy the photos and small lesson about what lotus you can and cannot eat. The hint is, it’s all about the special color and appearance of the "Buddha Flower."

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In the photos, the regular lotus flower, all parts are edible, from flower, to the roots. The flower can be made into a tasty salad.

The Buddha Flower (lotus) only the portion of the plant that lives below the surface of the water is to be eaten.

Well at least that is how the tradition was explained to me. In the markets, the non-Buddha Flower lotus, are what’s offered for sale.

Honey Bees Sacred Sautéed Lotus Shoots

Honey Bees Sacred Sautéed Lotus Shoots

Quick and Easy

Prep time 5 min  -  Total time 15 min  -  110 cal/serv
Ingredients for 4 servings
1 pound fresh lotus flower shoots  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic  • 2 tablespoons soy cooking sauce  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon  • 1 tablespoon oil

Step 1

Thoroughly wash lotus shoots

Step 2

Heat your cooking oil in frying pan. Next, crush one bouillon cube and add soy cooking sauce.

Step 3

Sauté all ingredients on medium heat until hot. Your cooking time will be only a few minutes.

Step 4

Step 4

Serve with rice and enjoy!

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)

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You may notice the steamed pumpkin and potatoes as a side dish with this recipe. We enjoy many fresh vegetables and these are some of our favorites.

I hope you get the opportunity to source some fresh lotus shoots and try this recipe. They are delicious, quick, and easy.



Updated: 05/29/2015, honeybee
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