I used dried lotus stem, which I picked up from Spar earlier today.
Washed them till the water ran clean. Then let them soak for about 20 mins. Drained the water and squeezed them dry.
Heated oil and added some turmeric powder and 2 chopped green chilies. Add the stem and sauteed for a couple of minutes.
Add lotus seeds and cooked for a 3-4 mins.
Added the thinly sliced carrots and now cooked it covered for about 5 mins.
There is not a lot of moisture in the pan and hence you need to be careful. Else you will end up with a burnt dish.
Added a good helping of coriander powder.
Added approximately one full cup of diluted yogurt. 50-50 ratio of water and yogurt.
Cooked covered on low heat for about 10 mins.
Check if the stem is cooked. If its ready then cook on high flame till all the water evaporates.
Eat it like a salad.
Its one of the healthiest salads you can make at home.