Roast Me Some Makhana (Fox Nuts)

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Makhana is known as lotus seeds or fox nuts and looks a little like popcorn. They are healthier than popcorn and are loaded with nutrients and are a good source of protein, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Lotus plants are found globally, from Iran to Japan, India, Australia, and Russia.  The Lotus is called the Flower Of Life and has spiritual symbolism in Buddhism, Christianity to Hinduism. They are associated with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Various parts of the plant have medicinal properties. I also make an Indian curry using the lotus root which has a very cool shape.. Might share that recipe one of these days.

Makhana is gluten-free and has anti-inflammatory properties. They are a very healthy guilt-free snack.

Here is a very simple easy recipe for a roasted spicy makhana anytime snack. I am sharing the recipe for the whole bag as they disappear fast. Trust me..just make the whole bag.

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Roasted Makhana

Healthy Snack
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: foxnut, gluten free, lotus seed, Snack, vegan


  • 1 Packet Makhana (approximately 7 to 8 cups)
  • 2 tsp Ghee or Olive oil or vegan
  • 2 tsp Chaat Masala
  • ¾ tsp Tava Fry Masala*
  • ½ tsp Black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp Salt or per taste
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric (optional)


  • Heat 1tsp ghee/oil on low to medium heat
  • Roast the Makhana for 8 minutes stirring often so they do not burn (will be crunchy)
  • Take out of pan and set aside
  • Heat 1tsp ghee/oil on low heat and add the spices, stir for 10 seconds. (make sure the spices do not burn)
  • If you like a little color to them, then add the turmeric. I like them more white so do not add turmeric.
  • Add the Makhana back to the pan
  • Toss well for 2 mins making sure they are coated well with the spices
  • Cool and enjoy


*If you do not have the Tava Fry Masala, add 1/2 tsp of Corriander powder and 1/4 tsp of red chili powder.

As always have FUN IN YOUR KITCHEN as every creation is your very own, and one of its kind masterpieces.

This is my creation that I am sharing. If you try the recipe, do tag me on Instagram – Footprint The World and add the tag #footprinttheworld as it’s always so fun to see the different variations.

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Shaheen Siddiqui
Shaheen Siddiqui
2 years ago

5 stars
This looks delicious, thank you so much!!