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roasted makhana recipe

healthy snack of roasted phool makhana or foxnuts.

4.59 from 12 votes
total time:
10minutes

roasted makhana recipe – makhana or phool makhana or lotus seeds is an ingredient i have seen often living in india. i have had makhana kheer before and also had the roasted makhana many times. we also make sabzi with makhana.

i have also seen makhana being served as prashad. if you have tasted the makhana with prashad then they are soft. but when you roast them, they become crisp and crunchy like popcorn. but i must say that they are much healthier option than popcorn.

in india, apart from roasting the makhana, there are many recipes where makhana is added. few such makhana recipes shared on blog are – 

  1. makhana kheer 
  2. khoya matar makhana 
  3. phool makhana raita 
  4. aloo makhana

makhana is rich in calcium, protein, carbohydrates, phosphorous, iron, thiamine and zinc. makhana have a neutral taste. you can spice it up the way you want. just roast them and when they are cool, store in an air-tight container. anytime you want a light and nutritious snack, just have the roasted makhana.

we generally use makhana during fasting as it makes for a good vrat or fasting food. its light on the stomach and nutritious too. in the below pic are the unroasted makhana and straight from the jar.

raw makhana, phool makhana recipe

if you want to know more about makhana or phool makhana – it also known as fox nut or eurayle ferox. basically a floating water lily plant native to eastern asia. the plant grows in water. the plant’s white seeds are edible. the plant is cultivated for its seeds in india, china and japan. in china the plant has been cultivated for 3000 years and the seeds are used in traditional chinese medicine. as makhana is harvested in stagnant wetlands, no fertilizers or pesticides are used in the entire cultivation. thus making these naturally organic. source – wikipedia

these roasted makhana or foxnuts make for a good in between lunch snacks or evening snack. they can be had with tea or coffee in the evenings. i always spice them up with indian spices. i still have to try adding other spices or herbs. what to do, we love our chaat masala and they way it perks up everything that it is added to, including these roasted makhana.

roasted makhana recipe, phool makhana recipe

if you are looking for more fasting recipes then do check:

  1. sabudana khichdi
  2. sabudana vada
  3. dahi aloo
  4. sukhi arbi
  5. samvat rice khichdi recipe.
roasted makhana recipe
4.59 from 12 votes
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roasted makhana recipe

healthy snack of roasted phool makhana or foxnuts.
course snacks
cuisine indian
cook time 10 minutes
total time 10 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 3 cups makhana (phool makhana or foxnuts or lotus seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala or add as required
  • rock salt as required
  • 2 to 3 teaspoon oil or ghee

how to make roasted makhana recipe

making roasted makhana recipe

  1. heat oil in a pan or kadai.
  2. add the makhana and roast for a good 10-12 minutes on a low flame till they become crisp and crunchy. keep on stirring in between.
  3. lastly add all the spice powders and salt, except chaat masala.
  4. switch off the fire as you don't want the spice powders to get burnt.
  5. stir the whole mixture well.
  6. lastly sprinkle the chaat masala powder and again mix well.
  7. serve roasted makhana straightaway.
  8. or once they cool down, store roasted makhana in an air-tight container.

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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38 comments/reviews

  1. Hi.How do you prepare the fox nuts and lotus seeds before frying them?Mine come in the package dry, they are pretty hard.

    Your recipes look great.Thanks for sharing!

    • i get them already puffed and roasted. but they are somewhat slighty soft. so i roast them again to make them crisp and crunchy.

  2. Nice Post!
    STKFoods are the makhana supplier, makhana manufacturer in Pune!
    Flavoured makhana are online available at STKFoods.

    • thanks mahesh. good to know this.

    • Can we use dried lotus seeds?

      • even though makhana is called as lotus seeds, they are not actually the seeds of lotus. i have no idea whether the actual lotus seeds are edible and safe for consumption.

  3. Hello Dassna, i follow your blog for last two years and I like it very much.Can you please share makhana ladoo recipe.

    • thanks sulabha. i will try to add makhana ladoo. i have taken a note of your recipe request.

  4. Hello Dasana, Your blog is my ‘goto’ resource for cooking. I tried the roasted Makhana and it is awesome. I do not think I will buy pop-corns now onward. Thank you for writing this wonderful blog and so many yummy recipes; I trust your recipes with closed eyes.

  5. Can you share the recipe for makhana sabzi?

  6. Hi.
    My family love makhana.I use to roast it in microwave by mixing all ingredients in bowl and microwaving for 3 to 4 min….

  7. I like the way we make it…you can try tht too…
    Give nice tadka with hing, turmeric, mustard seeds, and lots of curry leaves.. If using ghee then add cumin seeds I stead… Roast the makhanas nicely.. Then add chilli powder, black pepper powder and hint of amchur powder.. Roast till they get crispy.. Done!!!

    • thanks again archana for sharing your version. looks yummy and chatpata.

  8. Its to good for health and I will try it because as I’m south Indian we never used this before.

  9. This recipe is just too good….I had some guests at home and they liked it too….my hubby and I just love it….Thank you so much for sharing this.:)

    • Thanks and welcome.

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