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Vegan Low Fat Masala Makhana Snack| Vegan Low Fat Lotus Seed Snack  

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Vegan Low Fat Masala Makhana Snack is a healthy and tasty snack made by roasting  Lotus Seeds.

These makhanas have a difficult time staying in the jar they are better off as a snack with tea, or study time snack now that exams are fast approaching.

A swwet but spicy combo of phool makhana

Vegan Low Fat Masala Makhana Snack

Makhana, the first time I heard of this foodstuff I just remembered the song,

” Mere pyar ka ras zara chakhna, hoye makhna hoye makhna…”

this was a hit song then and was sure the shopkeeper was pulling my leg!

I did not know what to do with them and I did try roasting them but no one was much interested.

Times change, cut to the last 2 years we have been focusing on healthy foods and the foods we looked down upon for some time are now back as health foods! Back to square one.

I am happy with that for we are eating healthy foods with awareness and appreciation. I only hope our craze does not snatch the meal out of some poor person’s mouth.

Monday and Blog hop have become a routine I will not like to miss but then I have.

In fact, I have missed a few events and I am sorry for that.

The reason for that was my site; it had some malicious files that were causing frequent problems. That had to be attended urgently and now that is water under the bridge and now I hope I can blog consistently.

Coming back to Monday by now you know that we are a group of bloggers where a theme is proposed and voted upon. Then we have exactly 1 week to cook and blog.

 This week for FoodieMondayBloghop  #183 Indian Superfood where we had a choice of makhana, turmeric and moringa.

Now, who else will propose these foods other than Vidya of MasalaChilli?  Vidya’s blog has delicious food made from healthy and wholesome ingredients. Crisp pictures and lovely write-up it is pleasure to read Vidya’s posts.  Do check out her recent post of tutti fruit buns has me down the memory lane.

Lotus seeds


So what is Makhana?

The botanical name of makhana is Euryale ferox and the common names are fox nut, gorgon nut or phool makhana. Makhana is also known as Lotus seeds as it a seed of a special species of water lily.

Grown widely in Bihar, Manipur, Korea,   Japan, some parts of Russia these balls are a powerhouse of nutrients.

Growing and extracting then processing Makhana is elaborate and needs a skilled workforce. Yes, Makhana needs to be processed before we can consume it.

There is a reason why fox nuts are considered as one of the Indian super food its health benefits. Let us check them out at first.

Makhna is rich in fibre, protein, carbohydrates, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc.  So adding these to your snack bowl will help you to fill up the tank without adding very many calories best way to lose weight. Foxnut seeds are ideal for diabetics as there is no sugar (ignore the fact that I have added maple syrup to the makhana). In addition to these reasons they are full of fibre so good for bowel motions, aid the kidneys in their functions.

I have made makhana kheer and I am yet to blog it however I am yet to explore ways of adding this wonder superfood in our diet.

A low fat Vegan bowl of roasted fox nut seeds with peanuts, spices and maple syrup

Masala Makhana Snack

Anyway, let us straight get down to the recipe of Vegan low-fat Makhana. Just today my daughter was complaining that she got none from the last batch and to keep aside some for her. Your teen says that then baby you have hit on a yummiest recipe.

I have used maple syrup to bind the masala but then you can add honey. You can use oil use homemade ghee also but in today’s recipe, I have not used either.

A bowl of roasted lotus seeds with roasted peanuts and cashew nuts, spices and salt bound together with maple syrup

Vegan Low Fat Masala Makhana Snack

Vegan Low Fat Masala Makhana| Vegan Low Fat Lotus Seed Snack  

Vegan Low Fat Masala Makhana Snack is a healthy and tasty snack made by roasting  Lotus Seeds.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizers-Starters, Elvenses, Simple and Healthy Diet, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Diabetic Friendly Food, gluten free food, How to make, Low Glycemic index, Party Dishes, Simple and healthy diet in old age, Snack, Vegan Low Fat Masala Makhana Snack, vegetarian Party Snack
Servings: 3 bowls


  • 3 cups lotus seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground nut seeds roasted
  • 3 tbsp Cashew Nuts
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera/ cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp amchoor powder
  • 1/2 tsp rock salt
  • Salt to Taste
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup/honey


  • Add the makhana to a thick pan.
  • Dry roast the makhana for 4-5 minutes on a low flame or when you bite in the makhana there is crunch to it.
  • Add the cashew nuts, ground nuts, red chilli powder, cumin seeds powder, amchoor powder, rock salt and salt and mix well.
  • Add the maple syrup/ honey and mix well till all the makhana are coated with the masala. You will need about 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer to an air tight container when cool.


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26 thoughts

  • February 18, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Such a lovely way to make makhana! My daughter loves them, and I’ll surely try making them this way. Sounds spicy and sweet and sour and simply awesome!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you, dear.

  • February 18, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Masala makhana looks super yummy. Perfect snack for fasting days. I would love to try it soon.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks you, Sujata.

  • February 19, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    my little one loves makhana in most forms, and coz of her craze we have started making this often. love the addition of peanuts and cashew nuts here

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 19, 2019 at 8:21 pm


  • February 19, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    The first time I tasted makhana was at the ISCKON temple when they made a makhana curry. Since then have always carried some back home. This time I noticed that all the grocery shops had ready made roasted makhanas and not expensive at all.So much healthier than snacking on chips or other namkeens. Adding nuts makes into a wholesome and nutritious snack.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 19, 2019 at 8:21 pm


  • February 19, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Roasted makhana is a favourite tea time snack at my place. Adding nuts to it makes the snack all the more fully good and nutritious. With amchur powder and red chili seasoning I must have been lip smacking !

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 19, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Poonam.

  • February 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I make fried makhana for my fasting and. But you made it totally guilt free. Honey or maple syrup definitely makes it more yummy. Perfect snack for weight watchers too.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 19, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Sujata.

  • Swati
    February 20, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I love to munch on roasted makahana even when I am not fasting. Just a pinch of salt is enough for the taste..I like the use of amchur in making the makahna mix with other nuts.. will surely add when I have some roasted makhanas next time.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 20, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      You are like me I just did not realise when I finish the container.

  • February 21, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Roasted Makhana is a hit favourite at home whether fasting or not! What I loved is the maple syrup addition so apt for those who like their chivda slightly sweet and salty.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 21, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Vidya.

  • February 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I love roasted makhana and this has added nuts in it. Looks too inviting

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 25, 2019 at 8:00 am

      Thanks, Veena.

  • February 24, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Loved the way you have explained about the goodness of Makhana.Roasted Makhana can be eaten absolutely guilt free.Addition of Maple syrup sounds interesting. I can wipe off the whole bowl of nuts.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 25, 2019 at 7:59 am

      Join the gang Preethi.

  • February 24, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Adorable bowl to snack on with tea. I like that there is a bit of tang from the amchoor. that will make a lot of flavour in it.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 25, 2019 at 7:59 am

      Thanks, Seema.

  • February 24, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Glad to know your Site is up and running again, and you are able to focus on blogging! My grandchildren (the ones in India) regularly have roasted makhana at snack time, of course without the chilli powder, as they are very young. I think I would enjoy this as a snack, specially with the amchur powder giving its own flavour to the makhana nuts mix.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 25, 2019 at 7:58 am

      Thanks, Sujata I in love with the makhana as it is a fast ‘making’snack.

  • February 24, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    This guiltfree option is such a nice idea … Love these crunchy munchy at any time of the day 🙂 amchur powder and chilli powder must be adding a lovely flavor to this snack 🙂

    • ArchanaPotdar
      February 25, 2019 at 7:55 am

      Thanks, Sasmita I liked the flavours in your place too.

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