Fox nuts, known as Makhane in Hindi, are the seeds of the water lily plant. These are high in protein and fiber content and are full of antioxidants. Today, these seeds are extensively marketed as a superfood and are sold at a high price in fancy packaging, but these humble seeds are being consumed in India for generations. These seeds come to the forefront on fasting days when people don’t eat any cereals. Fox nuts give the feeling of being full for a long time and are hence a preferred food during fasting and, these days, are also being eaten by weight watchers for the same reason. Fox nuts are made in many different ways. The most common method is to roast them in ghee and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Apart from this, Makhane ki kheer, which is a dessert made by combining fox nuts with milk and sugar, is another popular dish. What I am sharing with you today is a namkeen recipe in which I combine fox nuts with some usual namkeen ingredients to make an absolutely yummy snack. So, here goes the simple, delicious, and quick-to-make makhana recipe:
Ingredients needed for making Makhane ki Namkeen:
- Fox Nuts: 100 gm
- Ghee: 4 teaspoons
- Salt: 1 teaspoon; add extra according to taste
- Sugar Powder: 1 teaspoon
- Red Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
- Curry leaves: 2 tablespoons
- Fresh Green chilies: 1 tablespoon (very finely chopped)
- Dry coconut: 1/2 cup (Cut into thin slices)
- Peanuts: 1/2 cup
- Cashews: 8-10
Method to make Makhane ki Nameen:
- In a pan, take 1 teaspoon of ghee. On very low heat, add red chili powder and salt. Roast for 15 seconds. Then add fox nuts. Roast in low heat for 10-12 minutes till the fox nuts become crispy. In this step, the fox nuts will get nicely coated with ghee and spices.
- Take it out and transfer it to a big mixing bowl.
- In the same pan, take another teaspoon of ghee and fry peanuts and cashews. When done, take out and transfer to the same mixing bowl.
- Now, take another teaspoon of ghee in the same pan, and fry dry coconut. When it turns slightly brown, add curry leaves. Transfer this mixture also into the mixing bowl.
- Now take another teaspoon of ghee in the same pan and fry the finely chopped green chilies. Ensure no moisture is left in the chills, or it will make the namkeen soggy. Transfer to the mixing bowl.
- In the mixing bowl, mix everything and add sugar and some more salt if needed.
- Mix everything and store in an air-tight jar.
A quick and easy snack made with fox nuts is ready!
In Germany, raw fox nuts are available in Indian stores. In German supermarkets, you only get pre-made snacks.
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One response to “Makhane ki Namkeen”
Namkeen refers to various savoury snack foods that are quick to prepare, spicy, usually fried, and eaten in the evening or morning with tea or with any one of the meals as a side dish. The term ‘Namkeen’ is probably derived from the Hindi word ‘Namak’ meaning salt. Thus, the word ‘Namkeen’ is used for salty snack foods.