I started using Phool makhana (lotus seeds/Foxnut seeds in English) very recently.Nowadays I am making recipes likephool makhana curry,phool makhana kheer and masala roasted phool makhana very often in my kitchen.I will share the kheer recipe very soon.This is a very simple,quick,healthy and guilt free evening snack recipe which you can do in the next 10 minutes.Phool makhana has amazing health benefits and nutritional values.It helps in Cardiac protection,good for digestion,helps to improve appetite and much more.Even though it is bit costlier,we can buy and consume it at least once or twice in a month to enjoy its health benefits.In Bangalore,u can find phool makhana in Nilgiris,Total,D- mart and Metro.Now lets see how to make this quick phool makhani recipe for evening teatime snacks.
In a pan, heat oil and roast the phool makhana in medium flame for 4-5 minutes.Make sure you don’t burn them.To check whether it is roasted well,take one in your finger and try to crush it or gobble a few. If it crushes well,it is roasted well.If u feel it is soggy to press,u have to roast more.Similarly if u eat,it should be crunchy else roast for few more minutes.
After it is roasted well,make a gap in the center of the kadai and add 2 tsp of ghee to it. To this ghee,add red chilli powder,turmeric powder,salt and chaat masala or garam masala powder.Add few curry leaves.Keep the flame medium else spice powders would burn.
Mix the powders well with roasted makhana.Coat it well.Switch off the flame and let it cool in the kadai for 3-4 minutes.Now serve them in a bowl with hot tea.Tastes yummy and crunchy !
You can replace chaat masala powder with garam masala powder.You can also add a pinch of aamchur powder for tangy taste.
Adding curry leaves is optional.
Ghee gives a nice flavor.So don’t skip it.You can add some crushed garlic cloves along with spice powders to get a nice garlic flavor.
Easy,healthy roasted masala phool makhana is ready to munch with hot tea !