Masala Makhana or Spicy Foxnuts

January 10, 2019 Motions and Emotions 7 Comments

Spicy Foxnuts or as we call it masala makhana is a quick snacks which you can pair with your evening cup of tea or coffee. After indulging for a month of cakes, cookies and high calorie food now you may want to put a control on your indulgence. Does that mean you have to have blunt and tasteless food? Because if you want to have some chatpata snacks, most of them are deep fried stuffs which is completely 'no-no' at this stage. Here I am sharing a recipe of low calorie snack, masala makhana or spicy foxnuts which are yummy bites coated with spices.

What is fox nuts or makhana?

Foxnuts or makhana are louts flower seeds availed from the water plant named Euryale ferox. It is also known as phool makhana, gorgon nuts and lotus seeds.

Does fox nuts have health benefits?

Foxnuts contain high amount of magnesium and less amount of sodium. Therefore, it is good for heart diseases and obesity. Foxnuts are rich in fibre and helps in bowel movement and improves constipation and indigestion. It is good for weight loss as it is very low in calorie. Foxnuts re packed with antioxidants helps to manage early aging process and stress.

Are foxnuts gluten free?

Yes foxnuts or makhanas are gluten-free, vegan, cholesterol-free, protein rich and has high content carbohydrate.

How to use foxnuts?

In India, foxnuts or makhanas are used to make different types of food by Hindu community during Navaratri. Foxnuts are used for making different sweet and savoury recipes. These are very good option for snacks during your 4 pm hunger pangs.

Until few years back I had no clue about foxnuts or phool makhana. It was a thing about which I read in biology books but never thought I of cooking or eating. Actually, in Bengal we don't do fasting during Navaratri hence we were not aware about foxnuts. However, it is not the same case now due to the knowledge sharing in various media people know about foxnuts and included them in their diets.

I first had makhana as a prasadam given in a temple and I really liked the taste of it. Recently when I purchased a batch of makhana I thought of preparing some snack option and I created Masala Makhana or Spicy Foxnuts. After I tasted the first one I was totally hooked to it and even my family members also liked it very much. I have decided to experiment with various flavours in coming future.

Here I am sharing the easy and quick recipe of masala foxnuts which you can prepare anytime when you are craving for. This is a recipe which you can cook under 15 minutes or even lesser than that if you are making a small batch. You can carry them to your office in a small container and munch during your hunger pangs. Even you can pack them to your kiddos snack box to keep them away from the junk foods. Nowadays you get Readymade makhana snacks available in the market however I would suggest you to make your own as it is completely hassle free and you can make flavours of your own choice.

Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Servings: 6

Masala Makhana or Spicy Foxnuts

Makhana / Foxnuts - 3 cups
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Chaat Masala Powder - 1 teaspoon
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Refined Oil - 2 teaspoon


1. Heat a pan or wok and dry roast the phool makhanas or foxnuts for 5 to 8 minutes until they turn crunchy and makes crisp sound when you bite them. The process should be carried out under low flame. Keep them aside.
2. Now heat ghee and oil together and add all the spices and salt together and mix them quickly. Turn off the gas.
3. Immediately transfer the roasted makhanas into the pan and stir well to coat each makhana with spices. You have to do this process real quick otherwise the spices will be coating only the makhanas came in contact with it.
4. Serve them or cool them and store in a airtight container for a week or so.


  1. We call them lotus seeds at home...I love them dearly!

  2. Healthy and 'chatpata' snack option!! Looks so good!

  3. Masala makhana is my go to grab snack for busy weekdays. I keep a jar full of it ready always. Healthy and tasty.

  4. Spicy foxnuts looks so crisp and delicious. feel like grabbing some foxnuts. Perfect snack. Bookmarked it.

  5. I am yet to taste this makhana, need to check them in the stores when I go. Looks like a tasty snack.

  6. Masala makhana a healthy and delicious treat for anyone, far better than deep fried potato crisps.


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