Vegan Japanese Recipe: Burdock, Lotus Root & Carrot Kinpira

There are vast treasures to explore for vegetarians and vegans in Japanese gastronomy.
Once such pleasure (rhyme with treasure) is Kinpira/金平!
Here is a recipe that can be built on at will depending on the available vegetables: Burdock, Lotus Root & Carrot Kinpira/gobou, Renkon to Ninjin no Kinpira/牛蒡・蓮根・人参の金平!

INGREDIENTS: 4 people~

-Burdock root: 1
-Carrot: 1/2
-Lotus root: 4~5 cm long piece
-Grated fresh ginger: 1 teaspoon
-Spices of your choice (include chili pepper!)
Vegan Dashi: 1 cup
-Sesame oil: 2 teaspoons
-Mirin/sweet Japanese sake: 3 tablespoons
-Soy sauce 1+1/2 Tablespoons.


-Clean the burdock root under running clear water, cut out in appropriate-sized thin sticks. Drain well. Peel carrot and cut in same size as burdock root. Peel the lotus roots, slice into 5 mm thick pieces, clean in fresh cold water and drain well.

-In a frypan (if possible, non-stick), pour the sesame oil, drop well-drained vegetables and fry.
When the lotu root pieces have started changing color, add dashi, spices of your choice, grated ginger, mirin and soy sauce, and fry on a low fire (10 minutes).
Once the juices have almost reduced stop fire.

Can be served hot, lukewarm or cold!

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6 thoughts on “Vegan Japanese Recipe: Burdock, Lotus Root & Carrot Kinpira”

  1. Could you give some examples of possible spice combinations for “spices of you choice”?

    Love the site, especially when you post recipes.


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