4 Delicious Ways You Can Include Makhana in Your Diet.
4 Delicious Ways You Can Include Makhana in Your Diet.. Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, July 15 : Not everyone is aware that Phool Makhana, also known as Foxnut, is not a nut but the seed of a variety of water lilies that grows abundantly in the country's eastern regions. It is widely consumed in Bihar, ranging from parathas to a simple trail-mix-like snack.

This humble seed has many benefits, according to Ayurveda. It benefits cardiovascular health, promotes postpartum healing, and is a good source of healthy carbohydrates. Makhana, high in proteins and minerals, is a filling and easy-to-digest snack.

Here are four delicious ways that you can incorporate Makhana into your everyday diet:

Overnight Porridge:

Oats are the universal choice for breakfast cereal, but you can also make yourself a dry Makhana mix, keep ready for the week, and soak small quantities like you would for overnight oats porridge.


  • Dry roast some Makhana in an oven or a kadhai. Crush roughly using a mortar and pestle (or fill them in a cloth bag and mash them with a rolling pin).
  • Mix with your choice of nuts, dried fruit, or seeds, flavouring such as cinnamon/cardamom powder, vanilla powder, or even cocoa, and store in an airtight box.
  • Fill a jar halfway with the Makhana mix, add milk of choice, and store overnight in the refrigerator. Add fresh fruit or sweeteners as you like in the morning, and enjoy a truly great breakfast!


Ground Makhanas can serve as excellent gluten-free options for bread. It has an underrated taste and acts as a nutritious meal.


  • Roast and grind the Makhana to a powder and store it for a few weeks in a cool and dry place.
  • Add the dried powder to mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes (they help in binding the dough) and add the seasoning of choice. Roll out the mixture between sheets of cling film or on a heavily flour-dusted workspace into circles and cook on a Tava like any other paratha.
  • Serve hot with pickles or yoghurt for taste.


Phool Makhana lends itself very well to standard curry recipes. Its crunchy, airy texture absorbs the flavours of the curry and makes the seed itself soft and comfortingly delicious.


  • Make the base of the curry as you would for your preferred vegetable or meat curry, and add the Makhanas as it simmers.
  • Cook for barely three to four minutes and serve immediately.


Have you run out of Boondi and are not in the mood for vegetables? Makhana Raita is the unexpected dish that will have you change your raita preferences for life. Diet-friendly, tasty, and unique, this is sure to become a staple side dish to all your meals.


  • Add roasted Makhanas into whisked yoghurt.
  • Flavour the mix with roasted cumin seed powder and red chilli powder. Add minced onions, tomatoes and coriander for garnish and feast! Conscious Food has also introduced a brand-new line of makhanas to make them as tasty as they are healthy.

These ready-to-eat makhanas are available in three tantalising flavours: fiery "peri peri," savoury "mirch masala," and zesty "cheese and jalapeno." (In-House Nutritionist, Conscious Food)

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-- Syndicated from IANS

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