PHOOL MAKHANAS (POPPED LOTUS SEEDS)
Phool makhanas or lotus seeds are loaded with minerals and provide a delicious and healthier substitute to commercially manufactured namkeen snacks, readily available in the grocery stores. Make a batch of these and consume immediately or box them up to be used when you crave something salty.
3 cups phool makhana ¼ tsp turmeric powder ½ tsp red chili powder or as per taste 1 tsp chaat masala or as per taste Rock salt as required 2 to 3 tsp oil or ghee
Heat oil in a pan. Add makhanas and roast for a good 10 to 12 minutes on a low flame till they become crisp and crunchy. Keep on stirring in between. Lastly, add all the spice powders and salt, except chaat masala. Switch off the fire as you don’t want spice powders to get burnt. Stir the whole mixture well. Sprinkle the chaat masala powder and again mix well. Serve roasted makhanas straightaway. Else once they cool down, store them in an airtight container to be consumed later on.