How to make Lotus Leaf Rice -

Rice mixed with onions, garlic, fresh red chillies, wrapped in lotus leaf and steamed in a bamboo steamer.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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

Main Ingredients : Cooked Rice (पके हुए चावल), Lotus Stems

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Rice

Lotus Leaf Rice

Lotus Leaf Rice Recipe Card


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Lotus Leaf Rice Recipe

  • Cooked Rice 3 cups

  • Lotus Stems 4

  • Spring onions 2

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh red chilli 1

  • Button mushrooms 4

  • Water chestnuts 4-5

  • Vegetable stock 1

  • Frozen green peas 2 tablespoons

  • Cornstarch mixed in 2 tbsps water 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Diagonally slice spring onions. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add spring onions and garlic and saute.

Step 2

Heat 3 cups water in a deep non-stick pan.

Step 3

Chop fresh red chilli finely and add to the first pan. Slice button mushrooms and add. Slice water chestnuts and add. Add ½ cup vegetable stock and cook.

Step 4

Add green peas and mix.

Step 5

Trim the stems of the lotus leaves.

Step 6

Add cooked rice, ½ cup vegetable stock and 2 tbsp cornstarch water and mix well. Add salt and mix. Switch off heat.

Step 7

Place some rice mixture in the centre of each lotus leaf and fold the leaf from all four sides to make a parcel.

Step 8

Keep a bamboo steamer kin the deep pan with boiling water. Place the parcels, folded side downwards, and cover the steamer. Cover the pan also and steam for 5 minutes.

Step 9

You can serve it in the steamer itself. Or take the parcel out and place on a serving dish folded side facing downwards. Cut the leaf in a cross from the centre and open out the 4 triangles. Serve immediately.

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