Healthy habits should be cultivated from the childhood. Nowadays trend is like kids are hungry want something to munch on, grab some packaged food and voila problem solved. No not at all, you are creating more problems for them, unhealthy lifestyle you are passing on. There are easy options available which are healthy too, why not try them. Get some peanuts, dry fruits or some snacks cooked at home. Easy snack recipes are there which requires minimal cooking and cooking time is also very less. Just make them and store them in airtight jars. I will share few recipes which are really quick and easy to make. One of them is Masala Makhana or you call it foxnuts.
Makhanas are lotus seeds and have so many health benefits. In Indian people make various makhana recipes like kheer, curry or raita. They are good for weight loss as they are low on calories and protein rich so makes stay full for longer durations. They help manage your blood pressure level as they are low on sodium and high on potassium. It is a good source of important mineral calcium which is helpful for your bones. Regular consumption of it will help fight free radicals and acts as an anti-aging agent. The astringent properties of it help reduce kidney problems. It is also good snack option for diabetic patients. In short loaded with all the goodness.
*You know what, Getting fox nuts from lotus plants is really skilled job and requires lots of hard work. I am definitely going to write blog on it.
let’s start our Masala Makhana recipe,
- Fox nuts / Makhana (50 gms)
- Ghee (2/3 tbsp)
- Red chili powder (1/4 tsp)
- Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
- Salt (as per taste)
Actually it is very easy and quick recipe.
Take a pan and add ghee to it. Switch on the gas and let get little hot. Once hot add Turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt to it. Just mix it and add your fox nuts to it. Roast them nicely to get crunchy texture.
*I use lots of ghee to make them crunchier and get that awesome ghee flavor.
So this recipe can have lots of variations, when I want them plain I just add Ghee and salt which make them kids friendly and yes add sendha namak to make it fasting friendly. Even for health benefits I generally use sendha namak or black salt in it. If you want to get some chatpata flavor, just roast them in ghee and at the end add some chat masala and toss them nicely and your chatpata flavor is ready. You can add dry mint powder to give mint flavor so it is up to you to add your favorite flavors but they are surely healthy snack options. Yes, you can give them cheesy flavor too, you need to get some cheese powder and add it after roasting you makhana well and your kids are going to love it.
You can also make Makhana chat. Roast your makhanas in ghee. Add sweet tamarind & dates chutney and green mint & coriander chutney. Chop some onions & tomatoes, some roasted peanuts, some chat masala, sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and your chat is ready to serve with hot tea or coffee as evening snacks.
Do try this recipe and let me know how was your experience with this healthy snacks option. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.
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