Lotus Stem/ kamal kakdi is a woody and hard stem that has a crunchy texture and is slightly sweet in taste. It is a great source of Vitamin C, which helps boost the immunity of a person and fight viral infections. 3. The root also contains essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper and iron, which help the body in the production of red blood cells. It is also called as Bhey by some people. When made with spices, it tastes just like meat. My personal favorite is Crispy Lotus Stem in Honey Chilly with a dash of sesame seeds.