Lotus Paste

Lotus Paste

Why not make your own homemade lotus paste which is totally plant based? It’s perfect as a filling for buns and pastry or even just as a spread!

Lotus Paste

Lotus Paste

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Course: DessertCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 1/2 cup dried lotus seeds

  • 6 tbsp peanut oil

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tbsp honey


  • Soak dried lotus seeds overnight in water.
  • The next day, drain the lotus seeds. Check and remove the green buds in the middle of the lotus seeds. Add them to a sauce pan with fresh water that just covers the lotus seeds. Simmer for 2 hours.
  • Once done simmering, blend the lotus seeds and water until it is a smooth texture. Pour the lotus seed puree through a fine mesh sieve into a saute pan.
  • Over medium heat, reduce the lotus mixture until it is 2/3 the original amount until it is as thick as a very thick soup. Add the peanut oil 1 tbsp at a time and stir after each tbsp is added. Make sure to stir consistently so an even amount of moisture evaporates from the lotus paste.
  • Next, add the salt, sugar, and honey. Stir and flip the mixture constantly until it becomes a paste. The paste should be done once it starts to pull away from the pan and hold its shape. Set aside to cool in the fridge for at least an hour.

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