Makhanas(Lotus seeds) are also known as fox nuts, Euryale ferox, lotus seeds, gorgon nuts and phool makhana. These seeds are often used in quite a few Indian sweets and savouries like kheer, raita or makhana curry, and are also eaten as an evening tea-time snack.
The seeds are edible after being processed and are highly nutritious. Phool Makhana also finds significance in religious ceremonies in India and is a popular 'fasting' dish prepared during Navratri and other occasions.
- low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs
- They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content.
- An anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds is said to help repair damaged proteins.
- Ayurvedic beliefs suggest that fox nuts have astringent properties that benefit the kidneys.
- High in thiamine content which means they help in aiding cognitive function.
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A good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc makes Makhana a super food.