Roasted Lotus Seed or Makhana snack is just a healthy, nutritive alternative for the junk chips and other snacks available in the market. You must have heard of people having a sweet tooth but strangely unique specimen that I am, I have a salt tooth! I need my salt fix and can never think of a low salt diet. I am lucky that my BP is always on the low side, don’t know what would have happened if it was on the high.
I eat a balanced breakfast and light lunch and dinner. I avoid eating rice and roti, but I need to snack in the evening with my green tea and as I sleep very late, I tend to attack the kitchen for a midnight nibble. I just need munchies and what better way than to make your own, easy, wholesome and nourishing snacks.
I was not overly fond of Lotus Seeds or Makhanas until I read about its many nutritional qualities and I ventured to taste it and well it was quite good if I may say so myself. Makhana or lotus seed is an Asian water plant, mainly grown for its edible seeds. They are white and round in shape and look like popcorn. It is mostly grown in wetlands, ponds and lakes. It is considered to b easily digestible and having good nutritional content (good for my delicate tummy)
Makhana strengthens the heart and is very useful in anaemia. It is also an anti-oxidant and helps in regulating blood pressure Research says it is effective in treating insomnia and many other health benefits!
Recipe for Roasted Lotus Seed or Makhana
2 tsp ghee or oil
Salt to taste
1 tsp black Pepper or red chilli powder
½ tsp turmeric
Heat the ghee in a wok and add the Makhana. Roast the makhanas till they are crisp and crunchy and then add the salt chilli powder and turmeric. It takes around ten minutes to reach the crispy stage, so please keep stirring as they could get burnt. Cool and store in an air-tight container. They are addictive like popcorn so I don’t think you can store them. I kept popping in one after the other while roasting them.
Roasted Lotus Seed or Makhana Snack is a healthier alternative to popcorn and chips, so why not give it a try.