Nadir monji

Make the quickest Nadir monji/ Lotus stem fritters in an air fryer

Nadir monji is a famous street food in Kashmir. It is crispy and tasty and served as an evening snack, side dish, or appetizer. Traditionally, the Nadir monji is prepared by deep frying. But, for making them healthy we will avoid deep frying and air frying them. So, we can easily avoid the extra intake of oil and satiate our taste buds also.

 They are made with lotus roots but actually, they are the stem of plants that grow up to 4 feet underwater. They are also used as a vegetable in Asian and Indian cuisine in soups and curries. Lotus root is also known as “Kamal Kakdi” or “Bhein” or Kashmiri also call it “Nadir”.

Ingredients to make Nadir monji:

Rice flour – 1 cup

Kashmiri red chili powder – 2 tsp

Ajwain seeds lightly crushed – ½ tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Kosher salt – as per taste

Lotus root peeled and thinly sliced -2 cups

Chat masala – 2 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Tamarind chutney or green chutney – 2 tbsp


Firstly, take a big bowl, put rice flour, chili powder, Ajwain, cumin seeds, oil, and salt, and mix well.

Then, add some water and mix well to make a batter that can coat lotus roots.

Now, put the lotus roots on a plate with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

After that put the lotus roots in the batter and coat well.

Then, grease the air fryer basket with some oil by brushing or spraying.

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.

Then place the single layer of lotus root in it and air fry them at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Toss them and cook at 380 degrees F for 6 minutes again.

Fry all your fritters like this in batches and serve them with your favorite chutney.

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