Graine A Voler – Entrée & Dessert

Recipes by Janelle Folse

The Graine A Voler is the Cajun French term for the seedpods of the lotus plant.  These wild growing plants flower in summer months and are found in freshwater bayous, ponds, and lakes.  Many south Louisianans consider the seed of the lotus, or Graine A Voler, a delicacy and have found many ways to cook the seed and the plant.

Graine A Voler Double Battered Sac-a-lait

1 lb fresh sac-a-lait fillets
2 cups Cajun roasted Graine A Voler seeds (see note)
1 cup Louisiana Fish Fry
Egg Wash
Hot Sauce & Creole Seasoning
Peanut oil (for frying)

-To roast seeds, first toss in olive oil & seasoning.  Layer on foil-lined cookie sheet, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool & mince in food processor
-Lightly season fish with hot sauce and creole seasoning, set aside
-set up battering station as such: *Fish fry – egg wash – minced/ roasted seeds
-Lightly coast fish in fish fry, then dip in egg wash, and press into seeds
-Add to hot grease and fry.  Seed coating can easily burn so watch closelyotes:
Peel seeds, cut in half and remove bitter green middle

-Roasting seeds: Peel seeds, cut in half, remove bitter green stem
-Rinse seeds in hot water, cold water causes a hardening reaction to outer shell
-Pour seeds into gallon zipper bag, drizzle with olive oil & creole seasoning and shake until completely coated
-Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes
-Be creative with seasoning (sweet, spicy, Cajun, Mexican)

Graine A Voler Swamp Candy

2 cups honey roasted Graine A Voler (see notes)
Coarse sea salt
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 sticks real butter (unsalted)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-Toss seeds into olive oil in a plastic zipper bag, pour into foil-lined sheet pan
-drizzle with honey and roast at 400 for 30 minutes (until brown)
-In a heavy sauce pan… add butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Bring to a boil on medium heat, stir for 1 minute
-Carefully pour caramel mixture onto seeds, sprinkle with sea salt
-Move pan to freezer until just hardened (about 30-45 minutes)
-Use a metal biscuit or cookie cutter to cut into circles