Roasted phool makhana or fox nuts are my favorite evening snack. These are highly addictive and would definitely give popcorn a good run for its money. These yummy and crunchy puffed goodness slightly seasoned with spices is the healthiest version as compared to popcorn for your evening munching.
Phool Makhana is lotus flower’s seed and also go by the name Fox Nuts. These are grown in water and are largely found in India and also in Korea, Japan and Russia. These seeds are known to be highly nutritious and are used all across India in varied forms ranging from snacks, curries and desserts. The fox nuts are high in anti oxidants, high in magnesium, potassium and helps in controlling high blood pressure, it is high in fibre, contain very less amount of saturated fats, high in protein and are considered superior to dry fruits. All these health benefits definitely makes it a very good option as healthy snack for kids as well as adults.
This is a very easy and simple recipe that is ready in under 15mins. I still have to experiment using different spices and flavors. But feel free to add whatever you think might work for this recipe.
3 – 4 cups of puffed Phool Makhana/ Lotus Seeds/Fox Nuts (you can easily find packets of the puffed seeds in any Indian Grocery store)
1 tbsp of ghee or oil (try using ghee it imparts a really nice flavor)
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 – 2 tsp of chili powder (add more or less as per desired)
Salt to taste
1) In a pan heat about 1 tsp of ghee or oil. Once hot add the puffed fox nuts and roast them on a low to medium flame for about 10-12mins until the nuts are nice and crunchy. Once done remove them from the the pan and place it on a bowl or dish.
2) In the same pan add some ghee or oil around 1 to 2 tsp or more if you want. Once hot lower the flame and add the spices and salt and give it a nice mix. Only for a min or so…so that the spices don’t burn.
3) Now add the roasted phool makhana to the spice mix and give it all a good mix for few mins until the nuts are coated with the spices. Switch of the flame and its done. Once cool, store them in an air tight container.
Enjoy these perfectly healthy and crispy phool makhanas with your cup of hot chai or coffee.
So until next time….Happy Cooking!!!! 🙂