Saturday, May 18, 2013

Roasted Makhana (Fox Nut)

Makhanas (Fox Nut) are nutritionally rich loaded with protein, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorous, calcium, vitamin B and zinc. Snacking on Makhanas can lead you to a healthy way of living life.
Basically, Makhanas are soft and neutral in taste, but when you roast and add spices to them, they become crunchy, zingy and crispy like popcorn. This is my favorite snack and it is healthier, high protein substitutes to popcorn. You can have this in fasting too. I enjoy this makhanas during movie time too..
This snack is very easy to make, stays fresh for up to 2 weeks or more in airtight container and any time you want nutritious and light snack, just have makhanas ready.

  • 2 cup makhanas
  • 1/2 teaspoon rock salt (Sendha namak) (as required)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil

Heat the oil or butter in a pan, add makhanas and roast them for 5-6 minutes on low flame till they become crunchy and crispy. Keep on stirring in between. Now add black pepper and rock salt, mix well and switch off the flame. Serve them or store it in air tight container once they cool down.

You can spice it up the way you want with chat masala, turmeric powder, chili powder or salt.
It is the magical nutritious snack for kids and adults.

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