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.

FOOD PREPARATION


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.
PUJA & HAVAN

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!










37 comments:

  1. Informative, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Where to purchase phool makhana ?

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    1. I am supplier of makhana in bulk, if you are interested contact me on rizwanindian007@gmail.com and call me on 9716265611


      Regards:-

      Alam

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  3. Thanks for sharing. Informative.

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  4. thank you for giving so much of information about makhana.

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  5. Thank you for all the information. I really wanted to know if this makhana is a good diet food or not, as it is lotus seed and grows in pond water.

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    1. it is very good rich in fibre and helps in weight loss

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  6. Though i use almost in our daily diets, but one thing to know is that can a diabetic take it in his/her daily diet?

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    1. Yes, even it is one of the best food available for diabetic patients.

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  7. I DAILY HAVE WHENEVER IAM HUNGRY BETWEEN MY LUNCH AND DINNER, IS IT GOOD TO HAVE DAILY AND WHAT QUANTITY

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  8. yes it is good to have daily approx 1 bowl

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  9. Hi,I am a supplier of makhana/lotus seed/fox nut.U can buy from me at very cheap rates and try this recipe on your own.
    If anyone interested,kindly conatact-shikharj99@gmail.com(9916968612).

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  10. Great information.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Thank you for such a great info .

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  12. is this recommend for people who are on anti yeast/candida diet? Trying to staw away from starch rich foods and sugars.

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    1. Gorgon nut are low in calories, fat and high in fiber so can be a good food for diabetics. For more information visit www.gorgonnut.com

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  14. Kid of age 4.5 how much he can consume per day. Doing activity lok swimming n football regularly.

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  15. Shakti Sudha Gorgon nut are low in calories, fat and high in fiber so can be a good food for diabetes.
    For more information visit www.gorgonnut.com

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  18. thank you for sharing this valuable info
    i am on a weight loss regime, how much quantity is advisable to be consumed on daily basis and in which form , as in directly or cooked or roasted?

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  19. Hi .. I have high uric acid level of 8.6 .. can I take 30 gems daily ?

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  20. i was suffering from hperacidity and gestic prblm but when i taking makhana in milk at sleeping time ragularly i hv no prblm its like magic..

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  21. Hi,I am a supplier of makhana/lotus seed/fox nut,can you buy from me at very cheap rates.
    If anyone interested,kindly conatact-rizwanindia99@gmail.com(9716265611).

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  22. Hi Everyone,
    Greeting of days !!!Myself Nitesh Kumar i am not supplier of MAKNA we have traditional farmer of organic Makhna & Makhna's pound Fish. I am software Engineer living in Delhi/NCR . Here i seen mostly people are not aware of different-different quality of This Makhna. If you wants to purchase this for only domestic or Ayurveda purpose of this then mail to me nitesh9868@outlook.com or call me +91 555468893.If you people are thinking about business purpose of this Makhna's then don't call me or contact me Keep away for me or visited to northern (Punjab) and western parts of the country, Euryale ferox seeds (makhna) there you got phool Makhna that is look like ferox seeds (makhna)but that is not real makhna which is produced by Farmers of Mithila Bihar. That is Kamalnayani Kind of Blue lotus flower seed s or you can speak that not ferox seeds (makhna). In Mithila culture of Mithilanchal, makhana known as Makhaana in Maithili is an auspicious ingredient in offerings to the Goddesses during festivals and is used to show reverence and in cooking, specially to make a porridge/pudding called Kheer of makhana or 'makhaanak kheer' or 'makhaanak payasam' and Makhane Ka Rayta (Makhana Yougurt Blend). Makhhaan along with Paan (betel leaf),Maachch (fish) is symbolic to Maithil culture.

    Evidence from archaeobotany indicates that Euryale ferox was a frequently collected wild food source during the Neolithic period in the Yangtze region, with large numbers of finds coming from the sites of Kuahuqiao, Hemudu, and Tianluoshan.[5] The earliest recorded use of Euryale ferox to date was found in Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel, among artifacts of the Acheulean culture 790-750,000 years ago.

    The seeds of foxnut are used in ayurvedic preparations. In Chinese, the plant is called qiàn shí (simplified Chinese: 芡实; traditional Chinese: 芡實).Its edible seeds are used in traditional Chinese medicine, where they are often cooked in soups along with other ingredients.

    Regards,
    Nitesh Kumar
    +91 955468893
    nitesh9868@outlook.com




    Euryale ferox (also known as Makhana in Hindi and Punjabi, fox nut, foxnut, 'thangjing' in Meeteilon i.e. Manipuri, makhana, nikori (in Assamese), Onibas (Onibasu) in Japanese or gorgon nut) is the only extant species in the genus Euryale. It is a flowering plant classified in the water lily family, Nymphaeaceae, although it is occasionally regarded as a distinct family Euryalaceae. Unlike other water lilies, the pollen grains of Euryale have three nuclei
    Euryale is an perennial plant native to eastern Asia, and is found from India- found in Bihar,(Local name Makhana) and in Loktak Lake Manipur ( local name - Thangzing)] to Korea and Japan, as well as parts of eastern Russia.[2] It grows in water, producing bright purple flowers. The leaves are large and round, often more than a meter (3 feet) across, with a leaf stalk attached in the center of the lower surface. The underside of the leaf is purplish, while the upper surface is green. The leaves have a quilted texture, although the stems, flowers, and leaves which float on the surface are covered in sharp prickles. Other leaves are submerged. In India, Euryale normally grows in ponds, wetlands etc. Recently the Indian Council of Agricultural Research have found out a technique for the field cultivation of Euryale.

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  24. Tastes lik popcorn .liked it a lot

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