Gur Makhana | Caramel Lotus Seed | Caramel Makhana (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna

Makhana or foxnuts have been used regularly in Indian cooking since a long time. Masala makhana or a simple snack made with roasting makhana is a perfect healthy 4 pm snack. You can check out that recipe here. Also delicious is makhana kheer and makhana curry. But today, I am sharing a delectable snack that you can make with makhana or lotus seed, it is gur makhana made with jaggery.

gur makhana recipe

This gur makhana is gluten-free, vegan (if you substitute ghee with coconut oi) and low calorie, perfect for evening snack.

What is Phool Makhana or Lotus Seed?

Phool Makhana is indigenous to South Asia. These are puffed seeds of the lotus plant. They are nutritionally rich and used regularly in South Asian cooking. It is used regularly in fasting foods.

Health Benefits of Makhana or Foxnut

  1. 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.
  2. High in antioxidants: Makhanas are good for your skin as it has anti-ageing properties.
  3. High in Fibre: Makhana keeps you full for longer and is wonderful if you are on a weight watching diet.
  4. Gluten free: Makhana is perfect for those with gluten allergies.
  5. 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.

Here is the recipe of caramel lotus seed. Just like caramel popcorn this is a huge hit with adults and kids alike. Do try this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups lotus seeds or makhana

2 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter (for pan frying)

½ cup jaggery or gur

1 tbsp. sesame seeds

2 tbsp. water

Recipe:

For Air frying

Preheat Air fryer at 200 C or 390 F for 5 minutes. Lightly brush the Air fryer basket with a little ghee or coconut oil (for vegans). Add your foxnuts or lotus seeds taking care to only fill the basket to less than half the volume. Over filling will cause the makhana to fly and get stuck in the Air fryer coil and get burnt so be watchful.

Air fry for 3-4 minutes at 390 F. Keep checking at 2 minutes. It is done very quickly and burn as quickly too. Once it is creamish or brownish, remove. Now follow the recipe for making jaggery caramel.

For pan frying

1. Roast makhana in a pan in a little ghee. Use 1 tbsp. ghee for 1 cup. Don’t overcrowd and roast in batches till all the makhana becomes crispy. You can break one to check. Keep the makhana aside.

gur makhana recipe

To make Jaggery or gur caramel

Heat ½ cup jaggery with 2 tbsp. water. Cook on low heat with constant stirring. Wait for it to start bubbling. Now add sesame seeds to it and mix.

3. Add roasted makhana to the bubbling gur caramel after turning off the gas.

gur makhana recipe

4. Mix well till each foxnut is coated. Keep aside to cool.

Your gur makhana or caramel makhana is ready to eat. Dive in. It is deliciously crispy and sweet.

caramel foxnut

You can store it in an airtight container though in my home it gets consumed immediately.

Enjoy it as a filling and healthy snack. Kids love it.

Pro Tip:

1. You can add 1 pinch of salt and ¼ tsp. pepper powder to make it slightly spicy. If adding, add to the jaggery water mix.

2. This recipe uses powdered jaggery. If using jaggery block, break into smaller pieces and then use. It may take longer for it to melt.

3. You could use sugar instead of jaggery for making the caramel.

4. The gur caramel made this way is not too hard like toffee but coats each foxnut beautifully helping it to retain its crispness. If you want a harder coating, cook the jaggery a minute longer but make sure it does not burn.

5. The makhanas must be roasted on low flame till they are roasted on all sides.

6. Do store in an airtight container and they will easily last a week or two. If you leave them exposed to air then they will lose their crispness.

If you like this recipe of caramel foxnut then I request you to give it a star * rating either on the recipe card or in the comments. Thank you.

I assure you that once you make this, you will add it to your repertoire of healthy snacks.

Gur Makhana | Caramel Lotus Seed Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This is a healthy and delicious snack called caramel foxnut or gur makhana. These are very tasty and healthy as foxnuts have a number of health benefits. Also these are refined sugar free. Try roasting foxnuts in Air fryer or pan.
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer/Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 163 kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups foxnuts or makhana or lotus seed
  • 1 tsp. ghee or clarified butter
  • ½ cup jaggery or gur
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp. water

Instructions
 

For Air frying foxnuts

  • Preheat Air fryer at 200 C or 390 F for 5 minutes. Lightly brush the Air fryer basket with a little ghee or coconut oil (for vegans). Add your foxnuts or lotus seeds taking care to only fill the basket to less than half the volume.
  • Air fry for 3-4 minutes at 390 F. Keep checking at 2 minutes. It is done very quickly and burn as quickly too. Once it is creamish or brownish, remove.

For pan frying foxnuts

  • Roast makhana in a pan in a little ghee. Use 1 tbsp. ghee for 1 cup. Don’t overcrowd and roast in batches till all the makhana becomes crispy. You can break one to check.
  • Keep the makhana aside.

Now to make jaggery or gur caramel:

  • Heat ½ cup jaggery with 2 tbsp. water.
  • Cook on low heat with constant stirring. Wait for it to start bubbling.
  • Now add sesame seeds to it and mix.
  • Add roasted makhana to the bubbling gur caramel after turning off the gas.
  • Mix well till each foxnut is coated. Keep aside to cool.
  • Your gur makhana or caramel makhana is ready to eat. Dive in. It is deliciously crispy and sweet.
  • You can store it in an airtight container though in my home it gets consumed immediately.
  • Enjoy it as a filling and healthy snack. Kids love it.

Notes

  1. You can add 2 pinches of salt and ¼ tsp. pepper powder to make it slightly spicy. If adding, add to the jaggery water mix.
  2. This recipe uses powdered jaggery. If using jaggery block, break into smaller pieces and then use. It may take longer for it to melt.
  3. You could use sugar instead of jaggery for making the caramel.
  4. The gur caramel made this way is not too hard like coffee but coats each foxnut beautifully helping it to retain its crispness. If you want a harder coating, cook the jaggery a minute longer but make sure it does not burn.
  5. While air frying keep an eye on the foxnuts as they can quickly go from roasted to burnt.
  6. The makhanas must be roasted on low flame till they are roasted on all sides.
    Do store in an airtight container and they will easily last a week or two. If you leave them exposed to air then they will lose their crispness.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gur Makhana | Caramel Lotus Seed Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Makhane ke Kheer Recipe

Khoya Matar Makhana Curry

Crisy Makhana Snack

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Obsessivemom -

Totally love this idea. Will try it out for sure. Sounds a lot like caramel popcorn.

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Rachna -

Exactly and it’s truly nice.

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Damyanti -

Looks delish!

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Rachna -

Thanks Damyanti

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Shilpa Gupte -

5 stars
Hey, loved this recipe, Rachna! <3

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Rajlakshmi -

It looks like caralized popcorn. So delicious. ?thanks for the recipe.

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Kala Ravi -

5 stars
I love makhanas and anything caramel hs my vote, so this recipe I definitely need to try! The sesame is a nice addition!

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Soumya -

I’m making it this evening, for sure.

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