Puffed lotus seeds are used during fasting as it makes for a good fasting food. It’s light on the stomach and nutritious .Try to replace your good old pop corn packets with this healthy guilt free makhana snack to munch, while watching your favorite movie/show.
1½ cup Phool Makhana/Puffed Lotus Seeds
½ tbsp Chaat Masala
¼ tbsp Pepper Powder
½ tbsp Red Chilli Powder
½ tbsp Black Salt
¼ Turmeric powder
2 tbsp Ghee/oil/butter
Heat 1 tbsp ghee/oil in a kadai and add phool makhana to it and roast them until crisp over low flame.This takes 8-10mins. You can even taste a piece of nut to check whether it turned crispy.
Add all the spice powders and salt, except chaat masala.
Toss to combine evenly. Sprinkle chaat masala and turn off the fire as you don’t want the spice powder to get burnt.
Mix well until the phool makhana is coated well with all the spices.
Once they cool store them in an air tight container. You can store it up to a week.If the makhana becomes soft just pop them in a pan and roast them until crisp.
Serve them as an evening snack with a cup of tea or coffee or whenever you want to munch on in between meals.
Makhana have a neutral taste. you can spice it up the way you want, just roast them and when they are cool, store in an air-tight container, anytime you want a light and nutritious snack, just have the roasted makhana.
Note You can replace chaat masala with garam masala and green mango (amchur) powder powder for a different taste.
Source: Shilpa Mittal