How to make Kamal Kakdi ka Achaar -

Lotus stems pickle – very easy to make and simply delicious

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Lotus Stems, Mustard Seeds (राई)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Pickles, Jams and Chutneys

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Kamal Kakdi ka Achaar

Kamal Kakdi ka Achaar Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Kamal Kakdi ka Achaar Recipe

  • Lotus Stems washed thoroughly 5

  • Mustard Seeds 1/2 cup

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1/4 cup

  • Filtered mustard oil 1 cup

  • Asafoetida 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Onion seeds (kalonji) 1 tablespoon

  • Vinegar 1/4 cup


Step 1

Heat 2 cups of water in a deep non-stick pan. Peel the lotus stems and cut them into not too thin slices. Add these slices to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Let them cook for a while.

Step 2

Crush mustard seeds and fennel seeds to a coarse powder.

Step 3

Strain the lotus stems.

Step 4

Heat the same deep non-stick pan, add mustard oil and heat till it reaches smoking point. Add lotus stems and mix well.

Step 5

Add asafoetida, red chilli powder, salt and crushed spice powder and mix well. Add onion seeds and mix again.

Step 6

Switch off the heat and mix well. Add vinegar and mix well.

Step 7

Transfer into a sterilized container and serve as required.

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