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Lotus Seed (Makhana) Chiwda: A Tasty Indian Snack

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Lotus seed (makhana) chiwda

Lotus seed (makhana) chiwda

Tasty Snack Made With Lotus Seeds

Lotus seeds, also called makhana or fox nuts, are very healthy; they are a rich source of protein, vitamin B, minerals, antioxidants and micronutrients.

Many different dishes can be prepared with lotus seeds including raita, tikki, curry, snacks, and even desserts.

Lotus seed chiwda is an easy and tasty snack that can be made in a jiffy. It is spicy, crispy and healthy, too.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 min

7 min

8 min

1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lotus seeds (makhana)
  • 1/2 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee) or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chopped almonds
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cashews
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • salt, to taste
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Instructions

  1. In a pan, add lotus seeds (makhana) and fry over low flame till they are almost crisp (do not burn). Transfer to a plate.
  2. In the same pan, heat ghee or oil. Splutter mustard seeds.
  3. Add chopped almonds and cashews and fry till golden brown and crisp. Add curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  4. Add the lotus seeds back into the pan and fry till crispy. Switch off the flame.
  5. Add turmeric powder, pepper powder, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well to combine the lotus seeds with the spices (use hands or spatula to mix).
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Step-by-Step Photos

In a pan add 1 cup of lotus seeds (makhana) and fry over low flame till they are almost crisp (do not burn). Transfer to a plate.

In a pan add 1 cup of lotus seeds (makhana) and fry over low flame till they are almost crisp (do not burn). Transfer to a plate.

In the same pan, heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee or oil.

In the same pan, heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee or oil.

Splutter 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. Add 1 teaspoon chopped almonds and 1 teaspoon chopped cashews. Fry till golden brown and crisp. Add 1 sprig curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.

Splutter 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. Add 1 teaspoon chopped almonds and 1 teaspoon chopped cashews. Fry till golden brown and crisp. Add 1 sprig curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.

Add lotus seed and fry till crispy (for about 1-2 minutes). Switch off the flame.

Add lotus seed and fry till crispy (for about 1-2 minutes). Switch off the flame.

Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder and salt to taste.

Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder and salt to taste.

Mix well to combine lotus seeds with spices (use hands or spatula to mix).

Mix well to combine lotus seeds with spices (use hands or spatula to mix).

Spicy, crispy and tasty lotus seeds chiwda is ready to serve.

Spicy, crispy and tasty lotus seeds chiwda is ready to serve.

Cooking Notes

  • You can replace ghee with oil.
  • The amount of each spice powder you add can be altered as per your preference.
  • Peanuts can also be added.
  • I have used chopped cashews and almonds, but you could add whole nuts instead.

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