Healthy Lotus Root Chips
Deep-frying is a technique that I like to avoid when cooking as it usually results in greasy foods that are unhealthy and, more often than not, compromises the original flavour profile of the ingredient. When I want to have french fries, wedges, homemade potato chips or sweet potato chips, I stick them in the oven to bake! Here is something that is low in calories, packed with health benefits, and will be sure to amaze your guests at your next neighbourhood gathering or party - Baked Lotus Root Chips.
The healthy lifestyle seems to be all the craze nowadays with "skinny" recipes popping up everywhere. I am all for promoting good health but more often than not, foods that are healthy don't taste very good. However, in the past couple of years, I have come across so many recipes for incredibly tasty dishes that happen to be really healthy as well! For instance, where once you would deep-fry potatoes for delicious (and greasy) potato wedges or french fries, you can now bake potatoes, without having to suffer any damages in taste. Even in chinese cooking that is known for its techniques where many of the classic dishes end up on the plate really oily and overly-seasoned, much has changed, as there are more recipes popping up where dishes are now prepared in the oven rather than in a wok full of oil. Today, I would like to share with you the recipe for Lotus Root chips, a snack that I love to munch on, simply because it is delicious, and so so so simple.
Before I started my journey in learning more recipes, I had only bought the lotus root for making cantonese style boiled soup. That was the only way I had seen my mum prepare lotus root and I had also limited myself to using it for that purpose. But there came a day when I prepared cooking oil to fry up some potatoes to make wedges and I thought I would try out deep-frying lotus root as well. So I sliced the lotus root up really thin and threw them into the hot oil. When they came out of the pan, I sprinkled salt on them and tried some. It was awesome! I ended up eating more lotus root than I did the potato wedges. Later, when I discovered the healthier option of preparing chips in the oven by baking instead of deep-frying, I started making these lotus root chips to snack on. I absolutely adore these, and another way I prepare lotus root now is by stir-frying them with tons of ginger and garlic (I will share that recipe some other day). And if you need other reasons to start eating these lotus root chips, here is a list of the health benefits of lotus root. Best eaten with a cup of green tea on a cool afternoon in front of the television, here is the recipe for lotus roots chips. Enjoy~
Another excellent way to cook Lotus Roots is available here: Sautéed Lotus Root
You will need~ - 1 section of Lotus root - 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil - 1/2 Tablespoon of salt (sea salt is preferred) - 2 cups of water - 1 Tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
Pre-heat your oven to 200-degrees Celsius. Mix rice wine vinegar with the 2 cups of water. Set this vinegar water aside and get started on slicing the lotus root as thinly as you can. Throw every piece of lotus root that you have sliced immediately into the vinegar-water you prepared earlier. This will prevent the lotus root from oxidizing. When you're all done with slicing the lotus root, place on a baking tray that has been oiled (with olive oil). Sprinkle salt over the lotus root slices and toss to coat evenly. Bake for 10 minutes until lotus root slices has turned a light brown colour. Turn the oven off and it's ready to be gobbled!
- 1 section of Lotus root
- 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon of salt (sea salt is preferred)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 Tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
- Pre-heat your oven to 200-degrees Celsius.
- Mix rice wine vinegar with the 2 cups of water. Set this vinegar water aside.
- Slice the lotus root very thinly, and throw every piece into the vinegar-water you prepared earlier. (this will prevent the lotus root from oxidizing.)
- Rub olive oil on a baking pan and place the lotus root slices in the pan.
- Sprinkle salt and olive oil over the lotus root slices and toss to coat evenly.
- Bake for 10 minutes until lotus root slices has turned a light brown colour.