We generally use makhana during fasting as it makes for a good vrat or fasting food, its light on the stomach and nutritious too,they are addictive and healthy.Try to replace your good old pop corn packets with this healthy guilt free makhana snack to munch, while watching your favorite movie/show.
Spicy Roasted Phool Makhana(Puffed Lotus Seeds) Recipe:
1 1/2 cup Phool Makhana/Puffed Lotus Seeds
1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
1/4 tsp Pepper Powder
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/2 tsp Kala Namak/Black Salt
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Ghee/oil/butter
Heat 1 tbsp ghee/oil in a kadai and add phool makhana to it and roast them until crisp over low flame.This takes 8-10mins. You can even taste a piece of nut to check whether it turned crispy.
Add all the spice powders and salt, except chaat masala.
Toss to combine evenly. Sprinkle chaat masala and turn off the fire as you don’t want the spice powder to get burnt.
Mix well until the phool makhana is coated well with all the spices.
Once they cool store them in an air tight container. You can store it up to a week.If the makhana becomes soft just pop them in a pan and roast them until crisp.
Note You can replace chaat masala with garam masala and amchur powder for a different taste.
Serve them as an evening snack with a cup of tes or coffee or when ever you want to munch on in between meals.
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.