Saturday, 5 May 2012

Makhana ( Phool Makhana/ Lotus seeds)

Makhana ( Phool Makhana/ Lotus seeds)

Makhana, Phool Makhana, Foxnut, lotus seeds, Gorgon nut,Euryale Ferox  different names, multiple health benefits.

This is a native Asian water plant and is mainly cultivated for its edible seeds. They look really beautiful! Almost like popcorn.

It  is an highly nutritious, fully organic non-cereal food, which is extensively grown in the stagnant water of wetlands, tanks, ponds lakes and ditches.

For geographical and climatic reason Bihar is the heaven for Makhana Production. Around 63% of the total Makhana production comes from Bihar . Makhana is superior to dry fruits such as almonds, walnut, coconut and cashewnut in term of sugar, protein, ascorbic acid and phenol content.

Nutritive value of Makhana or Gorgon Nut
100 gm makhana contains 350kcal, 9.7gm easily digestible protein, 77gm carbohydrate, 12.8gm moisture, 0.1gm fat,  90mg phosphorus  & 1.4mg iron.
Health benefits
1. Makhana helps in Cardiac Protection.
2. It helps in building action in dysentery, frequent urination.
3. Makhana is anti-oxidant.
4. It is digestive for all age groups.  Due to its astringent property, it is relieves one from diarrhea and helps improve appetite.
5. 25 gram makhana a day means a healthy food/diet for the whole family.

6. Makhana regulates blood pressure, relieves numbness and aching near waist and knees.
7. It is suitable for arthritis, impotence and permature aging .
8.They are sweet to neutral in nature. They help to detoxify the spleen, reinforce the kidneys and nourish the blood. 
9. It can also treat insomnia, palpitations and irritability.
10. It is also recommanded for the women during pregnancy and post natal weaknesses.It is a good galactogogue- very good for strengthining lower back muscles.


The seeds (Makhana // Fox nut) can be eaten raw, cooked roasted or fried. In India, we roast it & add spices. It is much much better than popcorn!
Makhana can be consumed as dry fruit snacks by roasting . The popped seeds of Makhana can be roasted  & sprinkled with spices on it which proves a tastier, hygienic and digestive health snacks. Home made roasted makhana can help kids get rid of the junk chips .

Makhana Kheer - made of makhana is a tasty n healthy. It can be used in Pudding and other milk based sweets etc.
Dal Makhani & vegetable curries prove delicious when makhana is spread for taste and thickening object.
Makhana raita is very tastier and it is digestive in nature.

Makhana pulav can also be tried.

Palak makhana again is healthy and tasty.

Being the GOD’s FOOD, makhana is used in all the worshipping ceremonies , puja, during fast, hawan due to its heavenly nature.

So, what are you waiting for? Go get Makhana  today!