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Lotus Seed Dessert Recipe

Lotus Seed Dessert is a common dish across Asian countries such as China, Singapore and Vietnam. It is believed to have health-enhancing effects, especially for women. Indeed, the common ingredients in Lotus Seed Sweet Soup like lotus seeds, Jujube, Longan, goji berries, snow fungus, etc. are all highly nutritious. If you are looking for an idea to cook your dried lotus seed, try this simple Lotus Seed Dessert Recipe.

Lotus Seed Sweet Soup with Red Dates

The Ingredients and Health Benefit of Lotus Seed Dessert

According to ancient records, Lotus Seed Dessert with some other herbal ingredients is known as a beauty care dessert for women, helping to make the skin smooth, bright, and rosy. Let’s explore the health benefit of some of its common ingredients:

Lotus Seed

Lotus seeds offer a valuable combination of protein, carbohydrates, and minerals, making them a nutritious choice for your dietary needs. A 100-gram portion of dried lotus seeds provides approximately 350 calories, 63-68 grams of carbohydrates, and 17-18 grams of protein. Additionally, they are full of essential minerals for a person, including sodium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. According to traditional Chinese medicine, lotus seeds have a sweet taste and neutral properties. Consistent consumption of lotus seeds can contribute to spleen nourishment and mental tranquility, making them particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with weakness, sleep issues, and high blood pressure.

Other Ingredients

  • Jujube, or Red Date: Red dates, also called jujubes, are small and sweet fruits that have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. Bursting with antioxidants, they serve as a natural defense against free radicals and oxidative stress. Moreover, they can promote liver’s health and enhance the immune system. They are believed to enhance blood circulation and fortify the spleen as well.
  • Longan: This is a tropical fruit popular in Southeast Asia and Southern China. In Vietnam, it is grown mainly in the North, especially in Hung Yen Province. It offers several potential health benefits thanks to its nutrient-rich composition. It contains vitamins (such as vitamin C and vitamin A), minerals (like potassium and iron), and antioxidants that may help combat oxidative stress, boost the immune system, support heart health, improve digestion, and promote skin health. While it provides valuable nutrients, it should be consumed in moderation to avoid excessive sugar intake, because it’s highly sweet.
  • Snow fungus: also known as Tremella fuciformis, is an edible fungus believed to promote skin health, boost the immune system, and offer antioxidant benefits. Commonly used in Chinese cuisine, it is a source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, with potential blood sugar regulation and anti-inflammatory properties.
lotus seed sweet soup

Combining Ingredients into Lotus Seed Dessert

As can be seen from popular ingredients to combine with Lotus Seed in Dessert, all of them are high in vitamin, protein, minerals, and antioxidants. That’s why it is considered a and beauty-care dessert. You are free to choose some of those to turn them into a dessert not only delicious but also nutritious. In my opinion, 2 or 3 ingredients in the list above are enough for a Lotus Seed Dessert, but you can absolutely combine more. I selected 120g (around 4 oz) lotus seed and 60g (around 2 oz) jujube as they were available in my kitchen. Besides, you’ll need a bit of honey or sugar (~2.5 tbsp or more, depending on your preference) to add into 600ml (2.5 cups) sweet soup. Let’s make it.

Instruction on Making Lotus Seed Sweet Soup

Step 1. Preparation

  • To cook Lotus Seed Dessert, prepare the ingredients first. Soak lotus seeds in boiling water for at least 2 hours. If you use jujube, soak it in 1-2 hours. For goji berries, chia seeds and snow fungus (if any), soak them in 30 minutes. With Fresh Longan, peel the outer skin and remove the seeds; with dried longan, you don’t need to soak it but directly add it into the dessert later.
  • After soaking in 2 hours, lotus seeds absorb water and double in size. It’s time to go to next steps. For other ingredients, after soaking, remove them from water and set aside.
lotus seed dessert
Lotus seeds double in size after soaking.

Step 2. Cooking Lotus Seeds

  • To cook lotus seed, you can boil in regular pot, instant pot, or pressure cooker, or steam it. I recommend boiling because it’s more quickly, and for the dessert, different from lotus seed paste or candies lotus seeds, the high amount of water in cooked lotus seeds doesn’t matter. Please refer another post of mine, how to cook lotus seeds, for detailed guide in boiling lotus seeds. Usually, it takes you 30-45 minutes reach the desired softness for dessert.
  • Once cooked, remove boiled lotus seeds from water and set aside. Throw away the boiling water because it is often cloudy, making your dessert look unappetizing.
boil lotus seeds
Boiling lotus seeds

Step 3. Cooking Sweet Soup

  • In a pot, add 600-700 ml (2.5-3 cups) water and boil it. When it starts boiling, add around 2.5 to 4 tbsp of rock sugar/ granulated sugar or honey, depend on your sweetness preference, and stir until all dissolves. Taste again.
  • Cooking other ingredients: Depend on the ingredients you choose, gradually add them into the pot. The order is: snow fungus (30 minutes), then goji berries, jujube, longan (5-10 minutes). Skim the foam while cooking to achieve a clear sweet soup.
  • Finally, return cooked lotus seeds to the pot, and turn off the heat. If you have fresh ingredients such as longan, add it after turning off the heat. Add soaked chia seeds if any in the end.
lotus seed sweet soup

Step 4. Serve Lotus Seed Dessert

  • You can serve Lotus Seed Sweet Soup warm or cold following the season. In autumn and winter, I enjoy it to be warm, but cold in hot summer. You can add some dried chamomile to garnish the dessert as well.
  • To store, pour the dessert in small bottles or closed containers and keep it in fridge no later than 5 days. You can take a bottle to enjoy daily as a supplement to improve your health. Freezing them is also available; however, try to consume them as fresh as possible to absorb all the nutrients.
Lotus Seed Sweet Soup

Very easy, isn’t it? Try making it and you’ll not regret!

Lotus Seed Sweet Soup

Lotus Seed Dessert

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Lotus Seed Dessert is a common dish across Asian countries such as China, Singapore and Vietnam. It is believed to have health-enhancing effects, especially for women.

Ingredients

  • 120g (4 oz) dried lotus seeds
  • 60g (2 oz) jujube (red date)
  • 2 tbsp goji berries (if any)
  • 30g (1 oz) snow fungus (if any)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (if any)
  • 20-30 fresh/ dried longans (if any)
  • 2.5 - 4 tbsp of sugar

Instructions

Step 1. Preparation

  • To cook Lotus Seed Dessert, prepare the ingredients first. Soak lotus seeds in boiling water for at least 2 hours. If you use jujube, soak it in 1-2 hours. For goji berries, chia seeds and snow fungus (if any), soak them in 30 minutes. With Fresh Longan, peel the outer skin and remove the seeds; with dried longan, you don’t need to soak it but directly add it into the dessert later.lotus seed dessert
  • After soaking in 2 hours, lotus seeds absorb water and double in size. It’s time to go to next steps. For other ingredients, after soaking, remove them from water and set aside.lotus seed dessert

Step 2. Cooking Lotus Seeds

  • To cook lotus seed, you can boil in regular pot, instant pot, or pressure cooker, or steam it. I recommend boiling because it’s more quickly, and for the dessert, different from lotus seed paste or candies lotus seeds, the high amount of water in cooked lotus seeds doesn’t matter. Please refer another post of mine, how to cook lotus seeds, for detailed guide in boiling lotus seeds. Usually, it takes you 30-45 minutes reach the desired softness for dessert. boil lotus seeds
  • Once cooked, remove boiled lotus seeds from water and set aside. Throw away the boiling water because it is often cloudy, making your dessert look unappetizing. how to cook lotus seeds

Step 3. Cooking Sweet Soup

  • In a pot, add 600-700 ml (2.5-3 cups) water and boil it. When it starts boiling, add around 2.5 to 4 tbsp of rock sugar/ granulated sugar or honey, depend on your sweetness preference, and stir until all dissolves. Taste again.
  • Cooking other ingredients: Depend on the ingredients you choose, gradually add them into the pot. The order is: snow fungus (30 minutes), then goji berries, jujube, longan (5-10 minutes). Skim the foam while cooking to achieve a clear sweet soup.lotus seed and jujube dessert
  • Finally, return cooked lotus seeds to the pot, and turn off the heat. If you have fresh ingredients such as longan, add it after turning off the heat. Add soaked chia seeds if any in the end.lotus seed sweet soup

Step 4. Serve Lotus Seed Dessert

  • You can serve Lotus Seed Sweet Soup warm or cold following the season. In autumn and winter, I enjoy it to be warm, but cold in hot summer. You can add some dried chamomile to garnish the dessert as well.lotus seed dessert

Notes

To store, pour the dessert in small bottles or closed containers and keep it in fridge no later than 5 days. You can take a bottle to enjoy daily as a supplement to improve your health. Freezing them is also available; however, try to consume them as fresh as possible to absorb all the nutrients.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 200
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210

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