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. They are also eaten as an evening tea-time snack, and to suit different tastes, varied flavoured makhanas are available.
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.
Health Benefits of Makhana
- 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 aid cognitive function.
Fun Facts About Makhana
A good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc makes Makhana a superfood.
1. Can I eat makhana in summer?
Yes, you can! Makhana can be eaten anytime, anywhere. Also, since it has cooling properties, it makes for a refreshing summer snack.
2. Can I eat makhana during fasting?
Yes, you can! In India, Phool Makhana is a famous ‘fasting dish’ as it is a powerhouse of essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
3. What can we make from Makhana?
From snacks to dessert to even curry, you can use makhanas to make numerous dishes. Check out some of our recipes that incorporate makhana.
4. Can Makhana be consumed by pregnant women?
Since they are highly nutritious, it is safe to eat Makhanas during pregnancy. Makhanas (Lotus seeds) are a rich source of fibre, vitamins and protein that aids in the healthy development of the baby. Also, since they have a low glycaemic index, they help prevent gestational diabetes.
5. What is the best time to snack on Makhana?
You can snack on makhana from morning to evening. Our flavoured makhanas will suit everyone’s palate, so don’t think twice about munching on your favourite snack.
6. Is there an easy Makhana recipe that I can try?
Yes, there is! You can make scrumptious Makhana Chivda - an ideal tea time (any time!) snack for all.
- Ghee - 2 tablespoon
- Mustard seeds - ½ teaspoon
- Red chilli powder - ½ teaspoon
- A Pinch of asafoetida and turmeric powder
- Curry leaves - 3 or 4
- Carnival Curry Makhana - 1 cup