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Roasted Makhana | Masala Makhana Recipe | Phool Makhana or Foxnut recipe

Makhana / Phool Makhana / Foxnut / Lotus Seeds are a healthy and popular snack. Only recently I had come to know about their benefits and picked a packed of Makhan seeds which I found in the super store. It is said that the Chinese consume them as a health food as they have many many healthy components like iron, zinc, calcium, protein, magnesium and so on. Lotus seeds has an astringent, it helps relieve diarrhoea and improve appetite. But you have not tried them and wonder how they taste? they are tasteless and without dry roasting them they are like stale popcorn. So make sure you dry roast them before preparing any recipe out of it. They depend on flavours from other ingredients so do them a flavour and season them well ;-). Once they are roasted and season they are like cheese pops with that airy crunchy texture that is soft and light to chew.

Masala Makhana / Roasted Makhana is a great spiced snack to go along with your evening tea, they are considered to be way healthy than popcorn (their counterpart). So grab a packet of these makhana and make this spicy healthy snack for your evening tea. You can do a big batch and store in an air tight container.


Recipe Source - Own
Serves - 2-3 generously 
Serving suggestion - as a mid-day or evening snack along with a cup of piping hot tea/coffee 


Makhana/ lotus seeds - 2 cups
Oil - 2 tsp
Paprika - 2 tsp (Adjust according to spice level)
Hing - to taste
Turmeric - 1/3 tsp


1. In a wide pan heat oil (medium flame) add the makhana/ lotus seeds and dry roast for 4-5 minutes until they turn crisp, you can taste to check
2. add all the spices - paprika, hing, turmeric, garlic powder, salt and mix well, further dry roast for 2 minutes to combine well

Serve in a big bowl and enjoy along with your favourite drink

Cooks Wisdom

Tip 1

Dry roasting is important else the lotus seeds/ makhana will remain stale

Tip 2

You can oven roast them too mixing all the ingredients along with makhana in a bowl and lining in a foiled tray, bake in a pre-heated oven at 150 C for 4-5 minutes

Tip 3

Once done let them cool a bit and serve, store the test in an air-tight container to enjoy later

Tip 4

You can mix and match the seasoning according to your taste and liking


  1. nice.. new recipe to me.. :)

  2. See the colour of the Makhana. The masala evenly coated. Perfect evening snack.

  3. Good lighting for the pictures da...yum n healthy snack

  4. Delicious snack,love it...

  5. Love the shots aks.perfect snack for the season

  6. Crispy and delicious looking roasted makhana. Wonderfully taken clicks.

  7. so very flavorful and yummy snack to munch looks fantastic dear :) tempting me , now pass me the bowk plz :)

  8. Beautiful pictures,tempted to try

  9. Have had these previously and they just taste fantastic, thanks for the recipe would try making them soon...

  10. Wow! Priya, its my long time wish to taste this makhan, now this recipe and the photo tempting me aloot...

  11. delicious cruncy crispy snack. Nice clicks.

  12. looks so lovely dear... i've been seeing this around on blogs, so tempted to try it out... that's the joy of blogging, u learn to eat new things... :)

  13. Crunchy and low calorie makhana. we generally make these in fasting days.

  14. Yummy, healthy and crunchy Priya, love it... very beautiful clicks...

  15. it is even better than popcorn na?? i am loving this seeds da.. they are very light and also healthy..

  16. Very healthy seeds. Yummy snack with a very easy recipe.

  17. Healthy vegan snack.. Though I have not had it myself, am sure it must be tasty..

  18. observed this kind of seeds in a shop,bt never bought them.these pics r vry catchy n luks yummy.


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