Foxnut is also known as makhana or phool makhana or lotus seed. It is used to make roasted makhana snack that is very healthy as well as tasty. Of late, makhana has been touted as a superfood, replete as it is with essential vitamins, minerals and protein. Makhana is also perfect to have during vrat or upvas on Navratri. It is gluten free and is consumed as a roasted makhana snack, makhana kheer or aloo makhana during Navratri.
My kids love this roasted makhana snack. It is very quick and easy to make and gets over quickly too.
Health Benefits of Makhana or Foxnut
- High Protein: Makhana are a rich source of protein and are very low in Calories. Thus, they are perfect both as a snack and in curries.
- High in antioxidants: Makhanas are good for your skin as it has anti-ageing properties.
- High in Fibre: Makhana keeps you full for longer and is wonderful if you are on a weight watching diet.
- Gluten free: Makhana is perfect for those with gluten allergies.
- High in vitamins and minerals: Phool makhana is high in potassium and magnesium and low in sodium. This is perfect for anyone suffering from hypertension.
This is how I make easy roasted makhana that is perfect for Navratri:
2 cups phool makhana or foxnuts
2 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter
black salt to taste
1 tbsp. pepper powder
Heat ghee in a wide-bottomed pan.
Keep on a low flame and add black salt and pepper powder.
Now add phool makhana or foxnuts and keep roasting makhana on low heat for about 8-10 minutes.
Keep turning them continuously till they turn golden brown and are crispy.
Now cool them down and store in an airtight container and consume.
You must roast makhana on a low flame.
Do not crowd your pan too much.
There is no need to use too much ghee, just use enough for dry roasting and for the spices to adhere to your foxnuts.
Roasting with ghee gives a delectable flavour to your makhana.
You can use normal salt if not using for fasting.
You can try other flavour combinations eg. Chilli powder, chaat masala, peri peri powder etc. as per your wish.
You can also make something on the lines of caramel popcorn, by using jaggery and roasting makhana in it for a sweet touch.
Your roast makhana snack is ready to eat. Enjoy as a snack or anytime munchie. This recipe is perfect for Navratri when you are fasting.
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Roasted Makhana Snack Recipe
- 2 cups phool makhana or foxnuts
- 2 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter
- black salt to taste
- 1 tbsp. pepper powder
- Heat ghee in a wide-bottomed pan.
- Keep on a low flame and add black salt and pepper powder.
- Now add phool makhana or foxnuts and keep roasting makhana on low heat for about 8-10 minutes.
- Keep turning them continuously till they turn golden brown and are crispy.
- Now cool them down and store in an airtight container and consume.
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