Spicy Roasted Foxnuts / Phool Makhana ~ Easy Tea Time Snack


Roasted lotus seeds seasoned with spice powder and chaat  masala.


Phool Makhana /  Lotus Seeds are same and widely called as Foxnuts. The seeds are edible from lotus plant can be widely used in cooking both as sweet or savory, fried or roasted.  Indian cuisines include this in making curry, pulao, dessert also it is a good substitute for thickening the gravies. The seeds taste neutral can blend with any food ingredients when cooked.


Foxnuts are rich in anti-oxidants, high in fibre and good source of potassium. Regulates blood pressure and treats insomnia problems too.  Roasted foxnuts is a guilt-free snack can munch at any time. People like me who loves popcorn, can replace with a bowl of healthy lotus pops. The munching of seeds in between meals is a good  diet as it digest easily.

Phool Makhana from Google Image
The seeds are white and round in shape, that appears to be like popcorn  with dark spots.

Preparation & Cooking Time : under 15 Minutes

YIELD : 2 bowls

Ingredients:

Makhani / foxnuts - 2 cups
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Chaat Masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder a Pinch
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Select good quality foxnuts. Heat oil in a fry pan. Once hot, stir in the foxnuts and toss constantly for about 8 - 10 minutes or until crisp under low flame. You can even taste a piece of nut to check whether it turned crispy to chomp.
  2. Add the chilli powder, salt and turmeric. Toss to combine evenly. Sprinkle chaat masala and turn off the fire.
  3.  Serve with hot tea or at any time.
  4. To the remaining roasted nuts, store it in a air tight container to use later.

Note:

  • The seeds have good shelf life and can be stored in a air container.
  •  You can replace chaat masala with garam masala and amchur powder of same proportion.
  • The roasted seeds can be used in making curries along with vegetables at the final stage. 
  • Use the seeds in making Makhana kheer, Dal makhani, Paneer Makhana Masala, Makhana Pulao.


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