I have grown up in a religious family where my grandparents use to do lot of fasting and Pooja. Almost every week there used to be one auspicious day where the elders in the family would be fasting. Those days used to be lucky for kids as we got to taste the fasting dishes along with the regular food. One main ingredient on fasting days would be makhana. It is used in pancha mrit, which is made from curd, milk and dry fruits or in some sweets. My favorite dish from makhana was roasted makhana. It’s a simple dish made in no time and goes well for snacking or for those times when you just feel like munching something which is guilt free. My kiddo also happily takes it for his snack time to school. Makhana is a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre and iron. It is low in fat so comes under the umbrella of guilt free snack. It’s also very useful for women during and post pregnancy. Here is how to make roasted makhana or lotus seeds.
- Makhana - 3 cups
- Ghee - 2 tbsp
- Salt- 2 tsp
- Pepper - 2 tsp
- Heat Ghee in a pan.
- Add salt, pepper and Makhana.
- Keep stirring the makhana and roast them on medium heat for 5 to 7 mins till they become crisp.
- Serve them as is or store in an airtight container to consume later.
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