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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.

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makhana recipe

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. Sabudana tikki
  4. Vrat ke pakore
  5. Sukhi arbi
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roasted makhana recipe

5 from 14 votes
Healthy snack of roasted phool makhana or foxnuts.
roasted makhana recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:10 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(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


making roasted makhana recipe

  • Heat oil in a pan or kadai.
  • 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.
  • Lastly add all the spice powders and salt, except chaat masala.
  • Switch off the fire as you don't want the spice powders to get burnt.
  • Stir the whole mixture well.
  • Lastly sprinkle the chaat masala powder and again mix well.
  • Serve roasted makhana straightaway.
  • Or once they cool down, store roasted makhana in an air-tight container.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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33 comments/reviews

  1. Hello ma’m,
    Though I had heard about makhana and it’s usage in various recipes, I had personally never bought it. This week I bought a packet of Phool Makhana and it says ‘puffed lotus seeds’. Does it mean that I need not roast it and can eat it straight from the packet? Or do I still go ahead and roast it as per your recipe? Sorry, this is new to me, therefore I’m asking such a simple question.

    • hi rashmi, you will have to roast the phool makhana. what is available in the market is puffed makhana. makhana is always puffed and then sold. if you taste it will have a chewy texture – which means you have to roast them. in indian markets roasted makhana with different flavors is also available and it is mentioned on the pack that is roasted. no problem, you can ask any query. we all learn.

  2. Your website /blog is my ‘go to’ for any recipe. I follow the instructions meticulously and the dish is a hit each and every time !!
    Wish you and your team ,very best in all the endeavors and thanks for all your efforts.
    cheers5 stars

    • thank you very much asha for this lovely feedback and for your best wishes. good luck to you too.

  3. 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.

  4. Nice Post!
    STKFoods are the makhana supplier, makhana manufacturer in Pune!
    Flavoured makhana are online available at STKFoods.5 stars

    • thanks mahesh. good to know this.

    • Can we use dried lotus seeds?5 stars

      • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 stars

    • Thanks Kalyani for your positive feedback and appreciation. Glad to know that you liked roasted makhana.

  7. Can you share the recipe for makhana sabzi?5 stars

    • seema, i have shared a matar makhana khoya sabzi already.

      • Thank you..

        • welcome seema.

  8. 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….5 stars

  9. 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!!!5 stars

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. can i use normal garam masala instead of chat masala?

    • priya, yes you can use normal garam masala.

  13. Can you clarify how to puff raw lotus seed ? i some quantity of raw seeds.
    Thanks5 stars

    • i think they are puffed up on sand. usually what we get in the market is lotus seeds which are already puffed up. you can try roasting a few seeds in the oven or in a kadai.

      • Makhana seeds though related to the lotus plant are different from the raw(green) and ripe(brown)seeds of the lotus kamal phool.They arent available in the local market.Lotus seeds dont puff up like makhana

        • right. what i am mentioning above are makhana seeds that are already puffed up and which are available in the local market. they are referred to as lotus seeds. of course technically they are not lotus kamal phool seeds.

  14. These are so addictive and a wonderful snack!

  15. Loved the informative post. Looking fwd to the makhana curry post on your blog

  16. I have seen these in the Indian stores, but have never bought any.. I will now, I want to experiment with these:)