Thursday, December 1, 2011

Crunchy Makhana

Let me take this opportunity to share with you my favorite crunchy and super simple snack known as Makhana. Also known as Phool Makhanas.You get this wonderful beauties at most of the Indian stores. They are basically lotus seeds. Makhanas are very healthy, rich in iron, calcium and protein. I came across this crunchy treat in a book called, "Women and Weight loss Tamasha"- by Rujuta Diwekar. I am a great fan of her work and follow her suggestions as much as possible. A separate post on the diet she suggests(which works wonders), my experiences with that is in my TO DO list and stay tuned for that..:)

Coming back to Makhanas. I find them better than popcorn, full of nutrients and super simple to make.

You will need-:

  1. Phool Makhanas- as many as you want to make.
  2. Desi ghee
  3. Salt 
  4. freshly ground black pepper.
Heat desi ghee in kadai/pan , add makhanas to kadai, season them with salt and pepper. On low to medium flame, toss everything together until they get crunchy.
This is how they will change the color after roasting.

 Usually it takes me 6-7 minutes depending on the quantity. If they are not crunchy enough, let them stay in for couple more minutes. Turn off the gas and let them cool. Store them in an airtight container.

Oh..and did I mention? 

They have anti-aging properties.

Don't forget to scoop out some for you on a great afternoon..:)

 I am sending this recipe to Sweet Karam Kapi and to Rekha's Event.



Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks and sounds new to me..looks yum

Mugdha said...

Wonderful and healthy way to munch on... I'll surely try.. Thanks Manali! Cheers!!!

Manali said...

Thanks Sharmilee and Mugdha..:)

Disha Mahtani said...

How much ghee.. I wud like to try..

Manali said...

For 2 cups of makhanas 1 tbsp is plenty, but again I never measure. Most of the time I just eyeball.

Thanks for trying..:)