As the cold weather fast approaches, and many of us start to succumb to those nasty colds, we can make this lotus root drink to ease coughs and discharge secretions from catarrh (inflamed mucus membranes) from the respiratory system.
There are three ways to prepare the lotus root drink using either fresh, dried, or powdered lotus root. For the best result, make the drink from fresh lotus root, which you can buy at an Asian food store or market.
Ginger is usually added to this drink for a more warming effect. If you have clear and runny mucus, it’s beneficial to add ginger juice but if your mucus is thick and yellowish it’s best not to add it.
- 1/2 cup finely grated fresh lotus root
- A pinch of sea salt or a few drops of soy sauce
- Filtered water
- A few drops of grated ginger juice (optional)
- Wash and finely grate the lotus root.
- Place the grated lotus on a piece of cheesecloth or a tight-meshed strainer and squeeze out the juice into a bowl.
- Add 2–3 tablespoons of water to the pulp and squeeze out the liquid. Repeat this procedure 2-3 times until you cannot get anymore juice out of the pulp.
- Pour the lotus root juice into a bowl that can be used for steaming, and place the bowl in a pot with some water.
- Bring the water to a boil on high heat, and then lower, cover, and let the lotus root juice steam on medium heat for 3–5 minutes.
- Remove the pot lid and stir the juice.
- Add a pinch of sea salt or a few drops of soy sauce and a few drops of grated ginger juice, depending on your condition.
- Cover the pot and let the lotus juice cook until it thickens. The drink should be thick and creamy.
- Serve hot and eat with a spoon.
You can also use dried lotus root powder to make this drink. Place 1 teaspoon of the lotus root powder in a cup. Add some cold water and stir till the powder dissolves.