Makhanas, also called fox nuts, are known for their nutritional value. Although they often come across as Lent foods, it’s only recently that people have begun to realize that they can create the ideal snack that can be flavored in different ways for variety. One such way is roasting makhanas with ghee, a culinary tradition passed down from generation to generation. Ghee not only gives makhanas a delicious crunch and buttery essence, but also introduces the health benefits of ghee. It is a delicious way to enjoy both taste and well-being.
Health Shots spoke to Komal Malik, chief dietitian at Faridabad Asian Hospital, to know why we should all consume roasted makhanas in ghee. Malik says, “Eating ghee-roasted makhana is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to reap its benefits and satiate your taste buds at the same time.”
What makes Makhana a healthy snack?
Makhana is indeed a healthy snack option. These crunchy, popped seeds are low in calories and fat, making them a great choice for those looking for a guilt-free snack. In addition, they are gluten-free, making them suitable for people with gluten sensitivities. Malik says: “Makhana is rich in protein, fiber and essential nutrients including iron, calcium, carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Their high fiber content can promote feelings of fullness and aid digestion. Additionally, they are a good source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, which can help fight oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.”
This satisfying, guilt-free snack that is both delicious and nutritious can be even more nutritious when paired with ghee.
Why should you eat roasted makhana in ghee?
There is no doubt that ghee roasted makhana is a fantastic and healthy snack choice. Its low fat and high protein content make it an ideal option for people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lose some extra pounds at the same time. Here are 7 benefits of roasted makhana in ghee:
1. Improves the taste: Roasting makhana in ghee provides a rich, buttery flavor. You can also add a dash of salt and pepper to enhance the flavor.
2. Nutrient-rich snacks: Ghee is a source of healthy fats and contains essential nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K. When makhana is roasted in ghee, it increases the nutritional value of the seeds and makes for a balanced and nutritious snack.
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3. Improves digestion: Ghee contains butyric acid, which aids in digestion. When makhana is roasted in ghee, it becomes easier to digest. This is especially good for people with a sensitive digestive system.
4. Controls appetite: Makhana contains few calories and a lot of fiber. When roasted in ghee, it becomes a satiating and satisfying snack that can help control appetite, making it an excellent choice for people looking to manage their weight.
5. Increases energy: Ghee provides energy, and when makhana is roasted in it, the snack becomes an excellent choice for quick and lasting energy. And that is why it is often eaten as a snack during fasting periods.
6. Rich in antioxidants: Ghee is known for its antioxidant properties, and when combined with makhana, it can help protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress.
7. Detoxifies the Liver: Apart from these benefits, consuming roasted makhana in ghee also helps maintain cholesterol levels due to its low sodium content.
Malik says, “Apart from ghee, makhana can be roasted with aromatic spices such as cumin, black pepper and salt. This adds depth to the flavor and makes it a more attractive and tasty snack.”
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Now that you know that eating ghee-roasted makhana has a plethora of health benefits, it’s time to try a ghee-roasted makhana!\
How to roast Makhana?
Step 1: You will need makhana (fox nuts), ghee and spices such as salt, pepper or herbs.
Step 2: Take a pan or kadai, add a tablespoon or two of ghee to it and let it melt over low to medium heat.
Step 3: Once the ghee has melted, add the makhana to the pan. Stir them continuously to coat them evenly with ghee.
Step 4: Roast them until they start to puff up and become crispy. This process can take about 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 5: Once roasted, sprinkle some salt or chaat masala on it. You can also add pepper or herbs. Mix well to coat evenly.
Step 6: Remove the roasted makhana from the pan and let it cool before storing in an airtight container.
To fry makhana in microwave, take some makhanas, add ghee, mix them well and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Now put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm it up. After 30 seconds, stir them well again and let them work for another 30 seconds. Continue this until the makhanas become crispy, toasted and light brown.