Lotus seeds also known as kamal gatta in hindi and are popularly referred as Padma Beeja in Sanskrit. Padma Beeja means seeds of lotus flower. Lotus flower belongs to the genus Nilumbo and species Nilumbo Nucifera. These seeds are very popular in East Asia and they are used in their cuisine. Lotus seed paste is used in pastries and desserts of china and Japan. The age old Chinese and Indian medicine texts also recommend these seeds in their preparations. Lotus seeds are store house of vitamins, minerals and protein. They are very low in saturated fats.
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