Himachal Pradesh Spicy Bhey /Lotus stem curry

The next state in our food series is Himachal Pradesh. The people of HP prefer very spicy food mainly influenced with Punjabi and Tibetan cuisine.One of the most important food item is Dal and Chawal or plain rice and pulses. Another delicious food item is Roti and Sabzi or like wheat flatbread and vegetable curry.Meat is a very common food item among the non- vegetarian people of the state. The raw meat is cooked with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, red chillies and coriander leaves. The aroma of the cooked meat is enough to satisfy the appetite of the people.

Himachal Pradesh celebrates the Food festival of Dham, which attracts several tourist from far and wide. The variety of food items reflect the vibrant and dynamic yet simple life of the people of Himachal Pradesh.
I prepared bhey or lotus stem curry for the state or Pahari cuisine.See the original recipe here. so let’s start the recipe . yum

2 -3 lotus stems, peeled and sliced
2 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
2 tablespoon chickpea flour/besan
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
Salt to taste
4 tablespoon oil


Boil 1 litre water in a vessel and add a little salt to it.
When the water comes to a boil add the sliced lotus stems to the water and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
Drain and plunge lotus stems in cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside.
Heat oil in a wok.Add chopped garlic & ginger and sauté for a minute.
Add sliced onions and sauté for 10 minutes till onions turn translucent.
Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder and salt.
Cook for a minute or two.
Add sliced lotus stems , chickpea flour and mix it well with the onion mixture.

Cook for 15 minutes or till done.

Serve hot with chapati or rice.

Serve-4 Cooking time-25 minutes

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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

19 comments on “Himachal Pradesh Spicy Bhey /Lotus stem curry”

  1. never have tried this veggie and you are really tempting me to do so.. thanks Sapana. 🙂

  2. lotus stem curry looks exotic… nicely made

  3. looks yum I never tried this one.. must try

  4. Love this lotus stem very much, but i'll get only the frozen one here, wish i get this much fresh stems here, curry looks fantastic Sapna.

  5. very tempting… I can imagine the aroma and flavor!!

  6. Usha says:

    I never cooked with lotus stem and this looks delicious.

  7. We make these stems very regularly..will try this version also…looks great.

  8. Lotus stem is an acquired taste. Your curry has turned out great.

  9. it is nice and simple recipe, i have never cooked them ever so a bit wary about starting it..but want to try them soon

  10. Anonymous says:

    lovely recipe dear

  11. Unfortunately we don't get these stems here. The sabzi looks fingerlickingly good..

  12. Lotus stem curry looks very delecious 🙂

  13. Never tried lotus stem before but your curry seems to be very simple and easy to make..bookmarking it dear..

  14. Same pinch Sapana. Good find for us.

  15. Srivalli says:

    Never cooked with lotus stem, your curry looks so well done..

  16. Looks delicious. I love the curry how I wish I can try making this again

  17. only had lotus once or twice before and in Chinese recipes then. the Indian version looks very good

  18. Pavani N says:

    Wow, that is such a yummy dish with lotus stems. I've some in the freezer and will make this dish soon.

  19. I have made chips so far but have not tried lotus root curry. Must have been yummy.

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