Makhanas are puffed lotus seeds and have lot of health benefits.
1. The first and foremost advantage of consuming lotus seeds is that it acts as an anti-aging agent.
2. They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs.
3. They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content.
(Information source - Google)
Makhanas can be included in many ways in our daily diet. You can make curries, desserts or a healthy snack for tea time. Toss them in a pan with some tempering and believe me you can't stop eating... they are so addictive. They make a great finger food for your parties as well.
Here is a simple recipe of savoury makhanas.
Makhanas ..... 1 pkt (or as needed)
Peanuts......... 1/2 cup
Cashew nuts .. 1/4 cup
Dry coconut slivers .. few
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder .. 1/4 tsp
Roasted cumin powder .. 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida ............... 1 pinch
Curry leaves ........... 1 sprig
Salt ...................... to taste
Olive oil ................ 6 tbsps
Pour 3-4 tbsps oil in a pan and saute the makhanas
Keep stirring on medium flame until they turn crispy. Check by breaking one piece.
Remove them in a bowl and set aside.
Heat the remaining oil in the same pan. Add the peanuts and fry them If using roasted peanuts skip this step. You can add them in the end.
Next add the cashew nuts and fry them a little.
Add the dried coconut slices and stir for few seconds.
Next add the asafoetida.
Add the salt, mentioned spices and stir them.
Now tip in the roasted makhanas and stir well until the masalas are coated on them.
Allow them to cool before storing them in an air tight jar.
Check out the video recipe..