Roasted Makhana

Roasted Makhana

Introduction

Roasted Makhana is an instant snack that is simple and healthy. Its like popcorn – loaded with proteins, calcium and thiamine.

Roasted Makhana

Usually, we experience hunger pangs between two main meals and its exactly when roasted makhana comes into picture as a mid-meal. It hardly takes 10 to 12 minutes to make it. Yes, it is that quick. Plus, you can store it and hence gives relief from cooking of mid-meals daily.

Here are some more homemade snacks recipes that can be enjoyed as a mid-meal – Blueberry CookiesRoasted Poha Chivda and Biscuit Canapes.

Now makhana has many names fox nuts, lotus seeds, phool makhana. There are many makhana recipes like Makhana curry, Makhana kheer, Makhana Raita.

How to make Roasted Makhana?

All it needs is roasting makhana in ghee with black pepper powder, chat masala and salt.

Variations

Spicy Masala – In this version, you can add turmeric powder, red chilly powder to the makhana along with chat masala, black pepper powder.

Peri Peri Masala – You can add peri peri masala along with chat masala, black pepper powder and salt.

Caramelized – In this version, add ghee to a hot pan and add crushed jaggery to it. When the jaggery melts completely, add roasted makhana to the it and mix everything well so that makhana are coated with jaggery properly.

Serving Options 

You can have it when hungry or it can be enjoyed more with a cup of tea or coffee in the evening.

How to know makhana roasted properly?

It should be crunchy when you bite it and also should not stick to your teeth when eating.

If that’s the case, then roast it again on low/medium flame for few more minutes.

For how many days can it be stored?

You can store it for a week or two in an air-tight container.

Recipe

Preparation Time: 2 min

Cooking Time: 12 min

Overall Time: 14 min

Ingredients

-2 cups of makhana ( 1 cup = 250 ml )

-1/4 tsp of salt or as per taste

-1 tbsp of ghee

-1/4 tsp of Black pepper powder

-1/4 tsp of Chat masala

Step 1: Heat ghee in a pan.

Heat Ghee in Pan

Step 2: Add makhana, chat masala, black pepper powder, salt to the pan. Mix everything well.

Add makhana and spices to pan

Roast on medium flame till it turns brown for 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 3: After 12 minutes, switch off the flame.

roasted makhana is ready

Once it cools, you can store it in an air-tight container.

Tips

1.Roast on medium or low flame so that it turns crunchy.

2.Homemade ghee is the best for this recipe. However, ready-made ghee or clarified butter can be used as well.

3.You can even add red chilly powder to the makhana if you want it spicy.

Health Benefits

1.Great for weight loss

Makhana has sufficient amount of protein and is low in calories. Hence, a great for weight loss.

2.Control blood sugar levels

Fox nuts are low in glycemic index and hence plays crucial role in controlling blood sugar levels.

3.Helps coginitive function

Fox nuts possess high thiamine content that helps sustaining cognitive function of nerves.

So give it shot and let me know how it tasted.

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