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spicy makhana

Makhanas also called as fox nuts or lotus seeds, come from a plant called Euryale Fox which grows in the stagnant water of wetlands or ponds in Eastern Asia. They have been used in Chinese medicine since 3000 years and find an important place in the science of Ayurveda too.

Makhana has been the primary offering to goddesses during festivals in the Mithila region, which includes Bihar and Nepal, for centuries. During these festivals, the makhana is either made into non-flower garlands or roasted into edible form to be offered to deities as a form of devotion.

Fox nuts (makhana) is a great snack option. It's an ideal substitute for popcorn to keep the hunger pangs away. In some parts of India, it is considered auspicious and is offered to gods on special occasions and festivals.

spicy makhana

Lotus seeds (Makhana) are actually tasteless. For spicy roasted makhana, roast the seeds with a little ghee on a low flame, sprinkle turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala and salt, yummy snack is good to go. Makhana also be used in sweet dishes like kheer and other desserts.

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Health Benefits

  • Makhanas are packed with the goodness of protein, potassium, phosphorus, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, iron and zinc. 
  • Its good for weight loss
  • good for kidneys
  • it helps in balancing sugar levels
  • it has loaded with fibre
  • rich in antioxidants
Side Effects
  • Makhana have to be consumed in moderation as the excessive consumption may lead to side effects for some people
  • some people may have light allergies, gastrointestinal issues, spike in insulin levels etc.,
  • excessive consumption may lead to constipation, flatulence and bloating

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Snack Recipes


Coarse       : Snack

Cuisine      : North Indian

Author       : Jayashree Karthik

Prep Time  : 2 min

Cook Time : 10 min

Total Time  :  12 min

spicy makhana


  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1.5 cup makhana / foxnuts / lotus seed
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp chat masala powder
  • pinch of salt


  • heat ghee in a pan, add 1 cup of makhana and roast them on very low flame for 5 minutes or until they are crisp (it should break easily if you press between your fingers and hears a crunchy sound)
  • remove the roasted makhana from the flame and set aside
  • again heat ghee in the same pan, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala powder and salt
  • mix well and saute for 1 minute in very low flame (do not burn the spices)
  • now add roasted makhana and toss well
  • cook in very low flame for another 2 minutes and then switch off the flame (make sure the spices are well coated with the roasted makhana)
  • cool down completely and then store in an air tight container
  • serve with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Enjoy
  • adjust spice level according to your taste
  • cook the whole process in very low flame
  • if you are vegan, replace ghee with coconut oil and cook

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Step By Step Photo Recipe

heat ghee in a pan

add phool makhana

roast in low flame for 5-7 minutes or until it turns crisp

roasted makhana is ready and set aside

in the same pan, add 1 tbsp ghee, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala and salt

mix well and saute for 1 minute

add roasted makhana

mix well and cook in low flame for 2 minutes and
 then switch off the flame

spicy makhana

serve with a cup of tea or coffee

spicy makhana

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