---- A Lady Selling Shapla Flowers at Lake Market, Rasbehari Avenue, Kolkata
This flower is called 'shaluk' or 'shapla' in Bengali. It is not lotus but some tiny sister of lotus, as you can see the similarity. This adorns the ponds of Bengal in villages and can mainly found in two colours: white and pinkish red. Shapla is the national flower of Bangladesh.
I must admit I do not lnow how they cook it. I have not yet got the opportunity to taste it either.