Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Nelum Ala Curry (Sri Lankan Lotus Root Curry)

Nelum Ala

Nelum Ala or Lotus Root is one of our favourites when it is cooked as a curry.The name of it is enough for me to feel hungry!There are different methods to use ‘Nelum Ala’ in a spicy recipe. In Sri Lanka, Lotus Root is not much bigger. But lotus root which we can buy here are bit bigger in diameter. So, I cut them into small pieces to make the dish more delicious.

Nelum Ala Recipe Sri Lanka

This Nelum Ala curry is mild spicy & use green chili instead of red chili. Adding of Grated coconut makes the curry more thick.Hope you like to see how I cook Nelum Ala (lotus root).
Here is my recipe for Nelum Ala curry in Sri Lankan style.
Nelum Ala Curry Recipe

Ingredients: (2-3 servings)

250g Lotus roots(Nelum Ala)
2-3 green chili sliced lengthwise
1 onion sliced
1 sprig curry leaves
1inch piece pandan leaf/(rampa)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
Piece of cinnamon
Salt to taste
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 cup thin coconut milk
2-3 cloves garlic
3-4 tbspn grated fresh coconut
½ tsp pepper powder


Clean lotus root, slice into small pieces.
Add all the spices together with green chilli, onion, rampa & curry leaves.
Mix all & add thin coconut milk & allow to cook in medium flame.

Meanwhile grind garlic, fresh grated coconut & pepper together into a paste.

Once Lotus Root is cooked add thick coconut milk. Stir well.
Adjust salt to taste.
Then add grinded coconut, garlic & pepper paste in to it & mix well. This paste will make the gravy thicker.
Simmer for few seconds & remove from the flame.
Serve & enjoy!!
Nelum Ala curry
 How do you cook Lotus root?As a soup or as a curry?I would like to know different recipes... :)

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  1. I think the taste of lotus root may be the same with fresh bamboo shoot. It looks delicious.

    1. Thanks.I ve seen bamboo shoots.but never tried to cook.I will try experimenting with this recipe....

  2. Delicious looking curry...New to me...

    1. Thanks.this is great with rice n curry

  3. looks great.. so yummy! this is new to me

    1. Try lotus root in a curry..sure you would like the taste....

  4. Amy this lotus root curry looks so delicious.... srilankan version curry looks more similar lik Veg kurma Indian style

  5. Thats great to hear.sometimes it is a surprise to see the relationship of food in different cuisine...

  6. I have heard so much of these roots but never tried them... this dish looks so good

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  8. I like lotus root. Excellent looking curry dear, just luscious.

    today's recipe:

  9. I do cook curry with lotus root,this curry sounds sooo delicious and flavourful.

  10. This is new to me..I heard about it...sounds delicious.

  11. hi Amy...been quite some time since i have been here. hope you doing great. have not tried lotus roots, but sure it tastes yumm

    Sona - Quick Picks

  12. We dry this lotus root and then fry them in oil, like papad. But this curry is new to me
    and I dont remember eating it either. This dish sounds so interestng. But where can I find
    padan leaves in Dubai. Infact I am hunting for the syrup for the desert for sometime. I love
    the colour of the Pandan leaves in the desert.

    Can I substitute this panda leaves to our bay leaves for this curry.

  13. thanks for the comment & interesting to know about recipe like papad..
    Pandan leaf is not very important for this recipe,you can simply avoid it or add a bay leaf...Pandan leaf is only to add flavour & aroma same as curry leaf...

  14. Hi, Thanks a lot for the article. I am breastfeeding my baby, and I need to eat lotus root to produce more milk. I usually boil them, but I know I can make the new dish now. Thank you again.

  15. Hi, Thanks a lot for the article. I am breastfeeding my baby, and I need to eat lotus root to produce more milk. I usually boil them, but I know I can make the new dish now. Thank you again.


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