Thursday, July 12, 2012

Spicy Phool Makhana | Roasted Fox nuts

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Lotus seeds/makhana is a good source of calcium and you can also make various items like kheer,snack or curry with it.I though end up making this simple and tasty snack most of the times.
If you like to try them you can even check my phool makhana kheer recipe which I posted earlier.If you have never tasted this I strongly recommend you to try these lotus seeds,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 Phool Makhana(Puffed Lotus Seeds) Recipe:

Ingredients:
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
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Ghee/Olive oil
Method:
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee/Olive oil in a kadai and add phool makhana to it and roast them until crisp over low flame.This takes 8-10mins.Pinch a nut and taste it whether it is crispy or not.Remove them and keep them aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in the same pan over low-medium flame and add quickly red chili powder,pepper powder,chaat masala,Salt and kala namak and fry it for 10 seconds.Take care not to burn the spices.
  • Add roasted phool makhana to it and mix well until the phool makhana is coated well with all the spices.
  • Reduce the flame and fry for 2-3 mins.
  • Once they cool down store them in an air tight container.

Serve them as an evening snack with a cuppa or when ever you want to munch on in between meals.

Notes:

  1. You can store it up to a week.If the makhana becomes soft just pop them in a pan and roast them until crisp.
  2. You can experiment and adjust spices according to your taste buds.
  3. Ghee/olive oil can be replaced with regular oil.I recommend ghee for its taste.
  4. I think you can even use butter though I never tried but I am sure it will add nice flavor.
  5. Another interesting combination,I am thinking of replicating the caramel popcorn replacing the popcorn with phool makhana.Though I never tried it is just an idea,if you try please let me know how it turned out.
  6. For a Vegan version use olive oil instead of ghee.

37 comments:

Ez Cookbook said...

very recently i heard about this lotus seed ... saw some curry recipe in tv made out of it... your's is super spicy crunchy snacks... must try it...

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow yummy snack to go with hot tea...Loved the presentation...

Akila said...

Looks really delicious n crunchy... Using lotus seeds is very interesting

sowmya's creative saga said...

I take your recommendation..will try it soon!!

Supriya's Rasoi said...

Makhana's are mostly used in sweet dishes this is so new.

Priya said...

Highly addictive and guilt free roasted fox nuts.

Umm Mymoonah said...

I love that puffy look, something really great to snack.

Sayantani said...

my family loves to snack on it too. looks so crunchy.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

When it comes to Makhana fry I don't compromise on ghee :-p It tastes awesome. Lovely presentation

Spice up the Curry said...

looks very good.. i have never tasted this

Shanavi said...

Did u hear my inner voice or wat? I's really looking for this nuts n bang here I'm seeing the perfectly roasted,tempting nuts..Love it

Nagashree said...

Lovely, I was intrigues when you posted kheer itself now I have to find this in my stores, quest begins:-). The picture resembles somewhat the kurkure texture, does it taste like that?

Archana said...

My favourite. I make in the microwave.
This is graet and like the caramel idea.
I am hosting Kitchen Chronicles Theme Go Nuts... till 15th July.Do send me your entries

Kavitha said...

never heard this lotus seed.....looks very crunchy and delicious :)

Srimathi said...

Never seen roasted fox nuts. I would love the spicy snack. Will look for them at the Indian Store.

Shweta in the Kitchen said...

Wow, feel like eating some. Healthy & tasty snack option

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Apu said...

Yuum!! They look great!! We do them in the MW for a quick snack!!

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

My daughter likes them a lot, though not very spicy, prefers salted ones.
A lovely snack

Prathibha said...

@Nagashree..Kurkure texture is bit lighter when compared to phool makhana...

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

looks crunchy and yummy....nice presentation.

Mahi said...

Guilt free snack! I have a pack of lotus seed sitting in my pantry for a long time. Shall try this soon! Thanks for the recipe! :)

Jayasri Ravi said...

I have never tasted these lotus seeds, I should find out if I can find it here, looks very nice, beautiful clicks

rekhas kitchen said...

This si an interestin snack Prathibha I only make kheer with this nevery tried as a snack so tempting...

Ashwini said...

Hi,
I made these today. Absolutely wonderful....easy to make,super fast,crunchy,spicy and light....This is the first time I ever worked with lotus seeds and i loved them,thanks to your recipe.

Prathibha said...

@Ashwini.. Thanks for letting me know and yes they are quite easy and tasty and very rich in calcium..

Anoushka Atri said...

Very tasty

Anoushka Atri said...

Very tasty

surbhi sharma said...

thank you for d recipe.... i had stored a packed of makhana for more dan a month now without using it .... bt as i came across your recipe ... i was so keen to use dem and ended up having a delicious snack with my favourite movie.... thanks to u....

usha manohar said...

where can I buy this in Bangalore? heard about this for the first time :)

prathibha Garre said...

@usha...try any big super markets and dry fruit shops...you would get it easily

sonam said...

Makhane are gud source of calcium, will suggest pregnant ladies to try it out, its works gud as a snack n gives u calcium too!!

Anonymous said...

Prathy, you are superb, you specialise in all types of cuisines and your presentation awesome. By the way are you an andhrite,banglorean or a mumbaikar
Gauri

Nivedita Ghanekar said...

Hi,

Your recipes are good, however when I tried this particular recipe. My makhana's did not get coated with masala like yours...wonder why? Anyway ....thanks for sharing many good recipes.

prathibha Garre said...

@Nivedita....you should be really quick in mixing once you add the makhana to the spiced up oil, other than that there is no trick to give it a neat coat..

Ghazala said...

I bought it today and I never tried it before, I was searching about them and found really great info about makhana and now anxiously wana try this food...thanks for this info and all comments. :)

shikhar jalan said...

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).

Anonymous said...

Prathy,

Thinking of your caramel corn idea...

We like Phool Makana with maple syrup and cayenne! Just heat Phool with 1 T. Ghee until hot to the touch (keep it moving as you heat) , add a little maple syrup maybe 1T. for 1 to 1.5 cups of Phool - sprinkle with cayenne to your taste! Easy Sweet/spicy and fast!

Culinary Adventurer

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