lotus roots, or renkon/蓮根in Japanese, have been a popular vegetable for eons.
Shizuoka prefecture is quite famous for the quality of its lotus roots all over japan!
Here is the first version of a vegan recipe for yummy lotus root hamburgers!

INGREDIENTS: (for 4 small patties/hamburgers)

Lotus root: 300 g
Cornstarch: 1 tablespoon
Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
Oil: 1/2 tablespoon

RECIPE:

Peel the lotus root.
Wrap the lot into cellophane paper and cook insode a microwave oven for 3 minutes at 600 W.
bear in mind that the lotus root contains a lot of water. It will be very hot out of the oven. Don’t burn your fingers!

Grate the lotus root once cooled down enough.
Cut finely with a knife the parts you couldn’t grate.
Once mixed with the grated root they will provide a crunchy bite.

Add cornstarch and salt and mix.
Make four patties out of it,
Bear in mind that the mixture will be sticky.

Heat a fry pan.
Pour oil and heat.
Place the patties on the fry pan and fry. press the patties to make them flat.
Once cooked to a satisfying color turn over and cook the other side to a nice brown color.

Serve them hot with fresh vegetables seasoned with a dressing of your choice.
As for the patties their salty taste should be enough for seasoning but you can sprinkle them Japanese style witha little ponzu and momiji oroshi (grated daikon with chili pepper powder)!

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