Lotus Root Kofte

by Edward Daniel
Lotus Root Kofte recipe.

Indulge in sizzling bite sized balls.  And, bite.

Nutty Lotus Root Kofte with coriander, cumin, mango, sweet paprika, ginger and garam marsala in a spicy cardamon and sesame seed sauce.

This dish will topple your belief that vegan food can’t be this super nourishing and yummy.

Make this:

  • When the lads are over for an Asian nosh up and you fancy a bit of scrummy kofte
  • When you’re up for a hearty treat that’ll have you curled up on the sofa as you relax into the evening
  • When the pillow fight with your bestie results in intense laughter and you need a dish that’ll satiate your hunger pangs

Lotus Root Kofte was inspired when visiting Dundee to see friends who used Lotus Root to make their these little kofte beauties. This is a take on their version.

Lotus Root is a root vegetable found in Southern and Eastern Asia and is used in Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisine. It has a water chestnut sweet nutty flavour to it.

Lotus Root Kofte is vegan and gluten-free.


Edward x

Lotus Root Kofte recipe.
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • For kofte
  • 1 large lotus root
  • 1tbs ground coriander
  • 1tsb cumin seeds
  • 1tbs garam marsala
  • 1tbs mango powder
  • 1tsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 125g chickpea flour (plus, for dipping)
  • Few sprigs of coriander
  • Olive oil for frying
  • For the sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 150g tomatoes
  • 2tbs ground coriander
  • 1tbs garam marsala
  • 2tbs ground sesame seeds
  • 3 cardamon pods, seeds
  • 1/2tsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to season


  1. Peel the lotus and discard the skin. Grate the lotus and place into a cloth to wring out on the wetness. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add in the spices ground coriander, cumin seeds, garam marsala, mango powder, sweet paprika powder, ground ginger, salt, chickpea flour. Season with black pepper. Toss in chopped coriander.
  3. Have a bowl of water to the side of you to dip your hands into. Line a baking paper with parchment paper. Take the dough and curl into a ball about a couple of centimetres. Lightly dip the kofte into a bowl of chickpea powder, and transfer onto the parchment paper. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  4. Fry the kofte until lightly brown and set to one side.
  5. Warm a frying pan and toss in the oil. Make the sauce by sautéing the onion in the oil. Toss in the remaining ingredients, tomatoes, ground coriander, garam marsala, ground sesame seeds, cardamon seeds, chili powder. Add in the kofte and cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes, covering the kofte with a sauce now and again.
  6. Salt and pepper to season and serve warm.

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