Roasted makhana is a quick and healthy snack option. Ready in just 10 minutes, you can play with the seasoning to create as many flavors as you can imagine.
When I was a kid, roasted makhana was the most common snack we had. We hardly ever had any chips or fries or nankeens at home. Every Sunday mom would make a batch of roasted makhanas and it would last us through the week (sometimes less). We used to take it to school in our snack box and also munch on it between meals after coming home.
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While I love the simple salt and chaat masala flavor, the roasted makhanas can be made with any seasoning or spice mix you like. A friend of mine mixes them with green chutney and sometimes with a
Makhana called Fox nuts or lotus seeds in English is highly nutritious. In my Makhana kheer recipe, I wrote about the health benefits of Makhana or fox nuts in detail. But to do a short recap:
Health Benefits of Makhana (Fox nuts)
- Makhanas are rich in protein, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium , phosphorous, and thiamin.
- They are low in calories and high in fiber thus helping in better digestion, weight loss and weight regulation.
- Makhanas do not have any sugar content and are a very healthy snacking option for people suffering with diabetes.
In India, makhanas have been traditionally used as a home remedy for insomnia,
Now-a-days, just like potato chips and other dry snacks, roasted makhana packets are also available in the market. But it is just so incredibly easy to make them at home that I wonder why would one buy something that has been roasted months ago, packed and then been sitting on a shelf for so long!
Fox nuts or Makhana are like popcorns in texture but so much different in their nutrition. Instead of snacking on a bag of popcorns, potato chips or other fried snacks, I would gladly take a bowl of roasted makhanas any day! Would you?
Roasted Makhana | Phool Makhana Recipe
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- 1 cup Makhana Phool makhana or fox nuts
- 2 tsp coconut oil (traditionally ghee is used but for vegan preparation I use coconut oil)
- ⅛ tsp salt (or to taste, chaat masala itself has salt so you need very little on top)
- ⅛ tsp black pepper powder (or to taste)
- ½ tsp chaat masala
- a pinch of turmeric
- Place the makhanas in a pan over low heat.
- Dry roast until they just start to change color.
- To test if the makhanas are roasted, try pressing one between your thumb and finger. It should easily crumble.
- Add 2 tsp of coconut oil or ghee and roast for few seconds till the makhanas absorb the oil.
- Switch off heat.
- Add salt, pepper, chaat masala, and turmeric powder. Mix to coat all makhanas in the spices.
- Enjoy warm.
How to Store Roasted Makhana
- Once the roasted makhanas are cold, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in a dry place. They will last for up to a few weeks in dry conditions.
- Flavor variations: Roasted Makhanas take on any flavor that you like. You can use both dry and wet spice mixes, however, if you are using wet spice mix or chutney or sauce, you won’t be able to store them.
Here are some suggestions:
- Add dried curry leaves and some garam masala
- Add some green chutney
- Add more fusion flavors like Mexican or Italian seasoning or some hot Schezwan sauce or SriRacha sauce.
- While roasted makhanas store well for up to a month since it hardly takes 10 mins to make them, I often make them when I want to eat them.
I wish one day at the cinemas they will have buckets of roasted makhanas instead of popcorn or at least as a choice. Many of us mindlessly much on popcorns and other fried snacks while watching a movie, it will just be better if those snacks are healthier!
Food Bloggers Group
I’m posting this recipe as part of a monthly bloggers’ challenge group — A-Z recipe Challenge. It is a fun group where every alternate month, we choose a key ingredient that starts with a specific letter, this month being F. I was thinking Flax eggs or fox nuts but since roasted fox nuts are such a quintessential Indian snack, I thought I should share this one with the group! Can’t wait to see everyone’s creations.
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