With winter settling in, my hunger levels have increased and I always end up craving a snack with my Tea.
But I also want it to be quick,easy,healthy and to mention not add to my waist line. Rummaging thru my pantry, I came across a Packet full of Makhanna or Lotus seeds.
Now essentially Makhanna as we call it or Lotus seeds/Foxnuts is Asian water plant which is mainly cultivated for its edible seeds. They are white colored and round in shape which make them resemble to popcorn.
They have loads of health benefits and are easily edible and high in nutrition. Regular intake is good for curing arthritis, controlling blood pressure, cardiac protection, helps in strengthening the body and the list just goes on.
So with that let’s just start with the simplest way to consume these.
You will need, the following:
- 100 GMs Makhanna/Lotus seeds/Foxnuts
- 2 tbsp of Ghee(Indian clarified butter which is not the same as your regular table butter)/Olive oil
- Salt as per taste
- 1/4 tspn turmeric powder
- 1/4 tspn red pepper powder/cayenne/black pepper
Now to start of, heat up the ghee/olive oil (please don’t use butter as it won’t work) and add the Makhanna/Lotus seeds. I usually use a wok as it is easy to roast them in it and to keep them moving.
Usually people just roast them for a 2-3 mins, but I usually like to roast them for 7-8 mins with their colour changing from white to a slight warm caramel shade.
All the time make sure to keep them moving as you don’t want them to burn and make sure you are not doing this on high heat. Now once they come up to the colour I want, I turn the heat down to the lowest setting on my stove and add in the salt,pepper & turmeric. (You can alternatively add in salt and black pepper without turmeric if it isn’t available)
Mix these all well till the Makhanna are well coated with the spices and salt and turn off the heat. These crunchy delights are now ready to be served.
Serve them hot or store them in an air tight container to be snacked whenever you have a craving. (If these are not stored properly, they go soggy and soft which are no fun to eat)
It’s absolutely simple to make and for me a perfect accompaniment to my evening tea. Love the spicy crunch of these.
Hope you guys love this recipe and if do get your hands on it, do give it a try.