Looking for a unique pickle? Try this delicious Kamal Kakdi Ka Achaar
If there’s one thing we Indians just can’t do without, it’s got to be gherkins. Whether with a simple paratha or a traditional thali, there is usually a pickle garnish on the plate. Pickles help provide an interesting burst of flavors to your palate and can improve the overall flavor of a dish by several notches. While pickles like aam ka achaar and nimbu achaar are all-time favorites, there’s nothing wrong with having more achaar recipes up your sleeve. If you feel like trying something different, here is a unique achaar recipe made with kamal kakdi (lotus stem). This delicious achaar is perfect to accompany your daily meals.
Kamal kakdi, also known as lotus stem, is the edible part of the lotus plant. It can be enjoyed in the form of salads, curries, and even pickles. This kamal kakdi ka achaar has a tangy and spicy flavor which makes it ideal for those who like their meals with an extra spicy kick. In addition to tasting good, it can also be a healthy addition to your diet. Before we dive into the recipe, let’s address some other common questions you might have regarding kamal kakdi ka achaar.
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What is the best way to store Kamal Kakdi Ka Achaar?
Just like any other pickle, the best way to store this achaar is in an airtight container. Any exposure to moisture can end up ruining the achaar. To prolong its life, be sure to keep it in a cool, dark place, away from sunlight. Also, you can sterilize the container before adding the achaar to it. Just fill it with some warm water and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Another thing you could do is add a bit of oil on top of the achaar once you transfer it to the bowl. This helps create an additional barrier between the achaar and the air.
Is Kamal Pickle Healthy?
Kamal kakdi (lotus stem) achar is considered healthy as it is rich in fiber and potassium. Furthermore, it can also aid in digestion and regulate blood pressure levels. However, to reap the benefits of this achaar, it is better to reduce the amount of oil and salt used in it.
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To make this achaar, we must first wash the lotus stem very well. Strain the water and cut into small pieces. Boil some water in a saucepan and add the lotus stem slices to it. Let them boil for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Once this is done, turn off the heat and drain the water.
Place the lotus stem slices on a cloth and allow them to dry for a few hours. (Make sure there is no moisture left.) Now, we have to prepare the masala. For this, add carambola seeds, black pepper and star anise in a mixer grinder to form a coarse powder.
Next, heat some oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and add the remaining carambola seeds, star anise, and hing. Roast well and turn off the heat. Finally, add the sliced lotus stems and mix well. Once the pickle cools, add lemon juice and store in an airtight container. Kamal kakdi ka achaar is ready!
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