Makhana, also known as Phool Makhana, Lotus Seeds, Fox Nut or Euryale Ferox, are a popular snack during fasting. Makhana have many health benefits and are very good as kids snacks.
My daughter likes to call Roasted Makhana as popcorn and happily munches on them every alternate day. I also pack them for weekend trips or long drives to be munched on to kill those small hunger pangs. It is a much better snack than biscuits or chips which we usually end up indulging in ourselves and so do our children. Makhana are called as Fox Nuts in English. Fox nuts are lotus flower seeds and are very nutritious and healthy. Let’s look at some of the benefits.
Is Makhana (Lotus Seeds) good for health?
- Makhana are very good source of carbohydrates and hence consumed during fasting in India.
- Makhana is a good source of protein and keeps you full for a long time.
- Lotus seeds are low in calories, are gluten free and have anti ageing properties too.
- The fiber content in Makhana is more and are low in cholesterol, hence can help in weight management.
- Lotus seeds are a good source of Magnesium making it good for our heart.
There are many Phool makhana recipes prepared in various parts of India. The popular ones are phool makhana curry recipe, makhana raita. A famous dessert called phool makhana kheer is also prepared with lotus seeds. When dry roasted in ghee or clarified butter, makhana make for an excellent light and nutritious snack.
This recipe is part of my Easy Snacks for Kids Video Series. Have a look at five other easy snack for kids, Buttered Corn Recipe, Apple Fries with Cinnamon Recipe, Roasted Chickpeas Recipe, Kala Chana Chaat Recipe, Healthy Paneer Fries Recipe.
Roasted Makhana Recipe Video | Phool Makhana or Foxnut Recipe
Makhana, also known as Phool Makhana, Lotus Seeds or Fox Nut, are a popular snack during fasting. Makhana have numerous health benefits and are very good as kids snacks.
- 2 tbsp Ghee or Clarified Butter
- 1 cup Lotus seeds halved
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste (optional)
Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Once hot, put lotus seeds and stir fry on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
Once they turn sufficiently crispy, add salt, pepper and switch off the gas. Mix thoroughly.
Serve warm or store in an air tight container once cold and have it as a snack whenever hunger strikes.