aloo makhana for navratri vrat

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Aloo makhana recipe with step by step photos. This is an easy snack made with potatoes and foxnuts. Gluten-Free and Vegan.

aloo makhana

Ingredients like potatoes and makhana are consumed during fasting. I always have a stock of makhana at home. Sometimes I roast them and keep them stored in a jar. Sometimes I make kheer with them.

Makhanas are healthy and its good to include them in our diet. If interested, you can check these makhana recipes already posted on the blog – Makhana kheer, Makhana raita and Khoya matar makhana.

This aloo makhana recipe is very easy. All you need are some boiled potatoes and the usual spices we use during Navratri fasting. This is a light snack that can be had during Navratri.

How to make aloo makhana

1. Rinse and then cook 4 potatoes with water just about, covering all the potatoes, in a pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 3 whistles. When they become warm or cool down, peel and chop them.

aloo for aloo makhana recipe

2. Heat a pan and add 1.5 cups phool makhana.

makhana for aloo makhana recipe

3. On a low flame, stir and roast the makhane till they become crunchy. About 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame.

makhana for aloo makhana recipe

4. Remove the roasted makhana and keep aside.

roasted makhana for aloo makhana recipe

5. Heat ½ tbsp peanut oil or ghee in a pan. Add chopped green chillies and stir.

chillies for aloo makhana recipe

6. Add the chopped potatoes.

potatoes for aloo makhana recipe

7. Then add 1 tsp anardana powder or crushed anardana, 1 tsp cumin powder and rock salt as required. You can also add dry mango powder, instead of anardana powder.

spices for aloo makhana recipe

8. Mix the spices with the rest of the potatoes. on a low to medium flame, saute the potatoes till they start to become light golden or golden.

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9. Switch off the flame. Add the roasted makhana. don’t saute the makhana as then they become chewy. Just give a quick stir.

add makhana for aloo makhana recipe

10. Add 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves or coriander leaves.

coriander for aloo makhana recipe

11. Give a quick stir and Serve aloo makhana immediately.

aloo makhana recipe
If you are looking for more Navratri recipes then do check:

  1. Rajgira kheer
  2. Sabudana tikki
  3. Sabudana khichdi
  4. Vrat ke chawal ka pulao
  5. Vrat ki kadhi
  6. Banana kofta

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aloo makhana recipe

Aloo Makhana

4.5 from 4 votes
Aloo makhana is an easy snack recipe for Navratri made with boiled potatoes, phool makhana (foxnuts) and spices.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Snacks

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 300 grams potatoes or 4 medium potatoes - boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 1.5 cups makhana (foxnuts or phool makhana)
  • 1 teaspoon roasted anardana (dry pomegranate seeds) - crushed to a powder in a mortar-pestle or 1 teaspoon dry pomegranate powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 green chili - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • ½ tablespoon oil or ghee
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required

Instructions

  • First boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker or steamer. When they become warm or cool down, peel and chop them.
  • Heat a pan and add 1.5 cups phool makhana.
  • On a low flame, stir and roast the makhana till they become crunchy.
  • Remove the roasted makhana and keep aside.
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp peanut oil or ghee in a pan.
  • Add the chopped potatoes. Then add 1 tsp roasted anardana powder or crushed anardana, cumin powder and rock salt. You can also add dry mango powder, instead of anardana powder.
  • Mix the spices with the rest of the potatoes.
  • On a low to medium flame, saute the potatoes till they start to become light golden or golden.
  • Switch off the flame. Add the roasted makhana. Don't saute the makhana as then they become chewy.
  • Add 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves or coriander leaves.
  • Give a quick stir and serve immediately.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi

    I would like to know in yr recipe khoya makhana recipe,wht wud be the substitute for khoya.

    thanks

    sunita

    1. use milk powder. but with milk powder, you will have to add less as milk powder has more sweetness than khoya. 1 to 2 tbsp of milk powder will be fine. the quantity is less than khoya, as then the gravy becomes too sweet, if you add 3/4 cup of milk powder. you can use also almond powder. but with almond powder, the taste changes and won’t taste like the original recipe.

  2. This looks yummy. Will make this recipe for fasting today.
    Could you suggest some paneer starter recipes that can be made for navratri?4 stars

    1. thanks. you can make recipes like paneer tikka, paneer pakora, paneer roll wrap etc. but use arrowroot flour or amaranth flour or singhare ka atta for paneer tikka and paneer pakora instead of besan. avoid the spices which are not used. use green chili-ginger paste. for paneer rolls, you can use rajgira paratha or kuttu ka paratha as the wrap and stuff with sauteed paneer cubes and some green chutney and imli chutney.