Lotus leaf, sweet potato and mung bean paste
  • March 09,2023

It's dog days these days, and many people have a bitter summer phenomenon. Everyone wants to eat something cold, so fruity, sweet, salty and nutritious ice porridges of various colors often appear on restaurant and family tables. Drinking cool ice porridge can cool down heat and fill your stomach, and with a few refreshing side dishes, bitter summer will no longer be unbearable. Emerald and fragrant lotus leaf Sweet potato and mung bean paste is my family's most common summer dessert. The lotus leaf contains various alkaloids and vitamin C, such as netselin, protonuciferin and nuciferin. Aroma rises and dissipates, cleanses heat and detoxifies, relieves heat and dampness, invigorates spleen and raises yang, dispels blood stasis and stops bleeding. The lotus leaf also has a good effect of lowering blood fat, cholesterol and weight loss, so since ancient times, lotus leaf has been considered a good medicine for weight loss in China. Sweet potatoes are low in calories and filling. Regardless of whether they are used as a staple food or not a staple food, they are a good diet food. Each 100 grams of sweet potatoes contain only 0.2 grams of fat, which is 1/4 of fat in rice. Therefore, sweet potato is a leader in low-calorie, low-fat foods. In addition, sweet potatoes also contain balanced nutrients. Such as vitamins A, B, C, cellulose and more than 10 kinds of trace elements such as potassium, iron and copper, among which cellulose can stimulate intestinal peristalsis and promote smooth excretion. At same time, since fibrous structure cannot be absorbed in intestines, it has a special function of preventing conversion of sugar into fat. Therefore, nutritionists call sweet potato most nutritionally balanced health product, as well as most ideal and inexpensive product for weight loss. In hot summer, mung beans are one of people's favorite foods to relieve fever and detoxify. Mung beans are sweet and cool in nature and have a fever-reducing and detoxifying effect. People who work in high temperatures in summer sweat a lot, lose a lot of water, and disturb electrolyte balance in body. This is most ideal way to supplement it with mung bean soup. Water, but also timely replenishment of inorganic salts, is of great importance to maintain water balance, liquid and electrolyte. Mung beans also have a detoxifying effect. For organophosphorus pesticide poisoning, lead poisoning, alcohol poisoning (drunkenness), or taking inappropriate medicine, you can drink a bowl of emergency mung bean soup before emergency treatment in hospital. Those who often work in a toxic environment or come in contact with toxic substances People should often eat mung beans for detoxification and health improvement. RegularlyEating mung beans can supplement nutrition and increase physical strength. Well that's too wordy, let's get back on topic and I'm going to introduce Jingchu dessert - green and fragrant lotus leaf, sweet potato and mung bean paste. Hope you all like it too.

Ingredients Piece of fresh lotus leaf Appropriate amount of sweet potato Appropriate amount of mung bean Cooking method
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    Soak mung beans in clean water for 1 hour to save cooking time.

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    Delete center of lotus leaf as shown. (So ​​the soup won't be too astringent)

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    Tear off edge of lotus leaf, as shown in picture, then wash it and tear it into several large pieces, not too small, so that there is not too much debris and does not affect taste.

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    Combine mung beans and lotus leaves in a saucepan and simmer over high heat, then turn heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes.

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    Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into small pieces for later use.

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    Take out cooked lotus leaves.

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    Then add sweet potatoes, bring to a boil over high heat and cook over medium heat.

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    When it's done, you can add some brown sugar or rock sugar, depending on your personal taste; (I used brown sugar this time) Emerald and fragrant lotus leaf, sweet potato and mung bean paste, can be drunk hot or cold. If you drink it cold, refrigerate for 15 minutes after it has cooled, and then you can enjoy a fragrant and delicious dessert.