nadru yakhni
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Nadru Yakhni

Nadru Yakhni- Lotus stems cooked with mild aromatic spices and yogurt- a Kashmiri specialty-
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Kashmiri cuisine
Keyword: nadru, yakhni
Servings: 4
Author: anjanaskc


To Boil Together

  • 2 cup Lotus Stem/ Kamal kakdi sliced
  • 4 Green chilies Slit
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • 2 Black cardamom
  • 4 Cloves/ Lavang
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon/ Daalchini
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel/ saunf powder
  • 1/4 tsp Shah Jeera

For the Gravy

  • 2 cup Yogurt/ Dahi
  • 1 tsp Gram Flour optional
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder/ Saunth
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Powder/ Saunf
  • 1/3 tsp Cardamom powder/ Elaichi powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 tsp Turmeric optional
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Coriander/ Hara dhaniya

Tempering/ Tadka

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds/ Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/ hing


  • Wash and scrape the lotus steams and then slice them thinly.
  • Soak them in luke warm water for 20 minute to loosen any mud and dirt inside the holes and then wash well.
  • Take 1 tsp ghee in a pressure cooker and add the sliced lotus steams and whole green and black cardamom,cloves,shah jeera,cinnamom,and fennel powder(all the ingredients listed in -to boil)
  • Add 2.5 cup water and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles on medium heat or till cooked properly and become soft.
  • In a bowl beat the yoghurt and 1 tsp gram flour(optional),and then add in the pressure cooker
  • Mix 1/2 cup water,salt ,turmeric, ginger powder,cardamom powder,1/2 tsp fennel powder,mix and add in the cooker.
  • Now cook the curry on low heat for 20 minutes (without puting the cooker lid),keep stirring to avoid curdling.
  • Heat ghee in a small pan,add cumin and asafoetida ,
    When start crackling add kashmiri chili powder and immediately pour over the boiling gravy.
  • Cook for 2 minutes and add chopped fresh coriander.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice,naan or roti's.


Addition of turmeric is optional,if you want a white gravy then omit it.