Nadir Monje

Nadir Monje are deep fried lotus stem fritters and a crunchy street food from our beautiful state Kashmir . While Exploring the Flavours of street food from different states Nadir Monje sounded very interesting .

Nadir is the other name for lotus stem and Nadir Monje are fritters made from these lotus stems . Lotus Stem are a favourite with Sindhi’s , Punjabi and Kashmiri ‘s and make it regularly in various forms . Sindhi and Punjabis call them Bhea. and make Sai Thoom wara Bhea , Bhea ji Tikki and many more lotus stem dishes.

We normally use besan for any kind of pakoras , but these are made with only rice flour . Lotus stem is a hard root and we need to clean it well and normally boil before using them . You could read more on how to prepare them here. Nadir Monje are made with raw lotus stem . I was very very hesitant while making these so just made a small batch . The fritters turned out awesome , they do not cook through and through but do not taste raw , they have a super crunch to them and you just don’t  stop eating them.

I am not sure if the Kashmiri’s serve walnut chutney with Nadir Monje but I made some . The walnut chutney is a authentic Kashmiri chutney and has a super texture and flavour . I could use it as a spread on my roti or bread as well .

All in all Nadir Monje is a quick and delicious street food from Kashmir which is a must try .

Nadir Monje

Nadir Monje

Ingredients

2 long sticks lotus stem
1 cup rice flour
1 tsp red chilly powder
Pinch cumin seeds
Salt to taste
Water to bind

Method

Cut the lotus stem into 2”long thin pieces.
Wash well and make sure you remove all traces of mud.
After washing , drain the water and let stand in a sieve for 5 minutes .
Add them to a big mixing bowl .
Add rice flour , red chilly powder, cumin seeds , salt to taste.
Mix well with hands.
Sprinkle a little water and mix till the lotus stem is coated with the flour mixture .
Heat oil .
Drop the coated lotus stem chips into hot oil.
Make sure you drop them one by one .
Deep fry till nice and golden.
Remove on a kitchen towel.
Serve with walnut chutney.
Walnut chutney

Nadir Monje

Some Kashmiri Dishes

Kashmiri Thali

Kashmiri Zarda

Kashmiri saag- Roti

Kashmiri Dum Aaloo

 

Here is what I have been posting under Explore the Flavors

A – Agre ka Bhalla

B – Bhungra Bateta

C – Chole Chawal

D – Dahi Wada Aaloo Dum

E – Elaichi wali Chai

F – Fariyali Sabudana Khichadi

G – Garadu Chat

H – Halwa Nagori Poori Sabzi

I – Ice Dabeli

J – Jamun Kulfi

K – Kutchi Bread Channa

L – Laiya Channa

M – Matra Kulcha

 

 

 

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Nadir Monje
Nadir Monje are deep fried lotus stem fritters and a crunchy street food from our beautiful state Kashmir. These are available outside shrines.
Course Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Course Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the lotus stem into 2”long thin pieces.
  2. Wash well and make sure you remove all traces of mud.
  3. After washing , drain the water and let stand in a sieve for 5 minutes .
  4. Add them to a big mixing bowl .
  5. Add rice flour , red chilly powder, cumin seeds , salt to taste.
  6. Mix well with hands.
  7. Sprinkle a little water and mix till the lotus stem is coated with the flour mixture .
  8. Heat oil .
  9. Drop the coated lotus stem chips into hot oil.
  10. Make sure you drop them one by one .
  11. Deep fry till nice and golden.
  12. Remove on a kitchen towel.
  13. Serve with walnut chutney.
Recipe Notes

 Nadir Monje

Where to find Nadir Monje

Vendors hurtling Nadir Monje in their carts is a common sight around Sufi shrines in the valley and the Hazratbal shrine in the capital Srinagar.

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20 thoughts on “N – Nadir Monje”

  1. Seriously, you’re rocking this theme, Vaishali. What a unique street food and most of the recipe that you have shared already are totally new to me including this one !!! Nadir Monje looks so crunchy and with those walnut chutney, it must be delicious and awesome combo for evening tea !!!

  2. Superb find, Vaishali. Love the fritters, presentation and the props used as well. Is that an almond leaf the fritters are placed on? I love the walnut chutney.

    1. Srividya, Lotus stems are found in ponds and I guess you shall get the frozen ones in your country. Here they are available in the local vegetable market, though it is stocked only by very few vendors.

  3. That lotus stem fritters look sooo crispy and delicious. Good street food find from Jammu. I’ve made walnut chutney a while back and remember it tasted awesome. I’m sure these fritters must have tasted with that chutney.

  4. Those crisp lotus stems must be yum and the walnut chutney must be a tasty accompaniment. BTW the first thing that caught my attention was your blue tray. With that blotchy paint, it makes an awesome prop.

    1. Thanks Suma, this is a tray that I made and was so hesitant to use…now that it has got approval from my friends here, I shall use it without any hesitation..

  5. Last year just before Diwali I attended a Kashmiri Brahmin wedding. One of the snacks was this crispy lotus stems and I had forgotten the name. It came back as soon as I read the name on your post. These are so delicious and we couldn’t stop munching on them. It was served with normal chutneys as I don’t think the hotel would make walnut chutney. Love your photos Vaishali. So rustic.

  6. Fantastic recipe and what a lovely texture it has got…Though I am yet to taste lotus and its varies forms, your dishes surely tempt me Vaishali..very good pick for the letter!

  7. Fritters with lotus stems sound so interesting, another versatile street food for the letter N from you.. Loving the crispy texture of this delicious snack from kashmir.. Accompanying this crispy delights with walnut chutney is such interesting combination. Love the setup and captures di !!

  8. We only make bhey kofta and or aloo bhey curry but this Kashmiri version of crispy fried lotus stem sounds very interesting. I am eyeing that walnut chutney of yours. Lovely presentation and beautiful clicks.

  9. Such a lovely and unique dish Vaishali! It looks so crisp and inviting. That walnut chutney must have been a match made in heaven! I will have to hunt the local market to see if we can get fresh lotus stem

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