Makhanas, also known as fox nuts, are known for their nutritional value. While they often come across as a fasting food, people have just lately begun to realize that they can make the ideal snack that can be flavoured in different ways for variety. One such way is roasting makhanas with ghee, a culinary tradition passed on from one generation to another. Ghee not only imparts a delightful crunch and a buttery essence to makhanas but also introduces the health benefits of ghee. It’s a delightful way to enjoy both taste and well-being.
Health Shots spoke to Komal Malik, Head Dietician, Asian Hospital Faridabad, to know why we should all consume roasted makhanas in ghee. Malik says, “Eating ghee-roasted makhana is one of the easiest and most delectable ways to get its benefits while satiating your taste buds at the same time.”
Makhana is indeed a wholesome snack option. These crunchy, puffed seeds are low in calories and fat, making them an excellent choice for those seeking a guilt-free snack. They are also gluten-free, which makes them suitable for individuals 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 a feeling of fullness and aid in digestion. Additionally, they are a good source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, which can help combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.”
This satisfying, guilt-free snack that’s both delicious and nutritious can be even more nutritious when it is combined with ghee.
It goes beyond 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 those looking to maintain a wholesome lifestyle while shedding some extra kilos. Here are 7 benefits of roasted makhana in ghee:
1. Enhances flavour: Roasting makhana in ghee imparts a rich, buttery flavor. You can also top it with a dash of salt and pepper to enhance its flavor.
2. Nutrient-rich snacks: Ghee is a source of healthy fats and contains essential nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K. When makhana is roasted in ghee, it enhances the nutritional value of the seeds and provides a balanced and nourishing snack.
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3. Improves digestion: Ghee contains butyric acid, which aids in digestion. When makhana is roasted in ghee, it becomes more easily digestible. This is especially good for people with sensitive digestive systems.
4. Controls appetite: Makhana is low in calories and high in fiber. When roasted in ghee, it becomes a satiating and satisfying snack that can help control appetite, making it an excellent choice for those looking to manage their weight.
5. Boosts energy: Ghee provides energy, and when makhana is roasted in it, the snack becomes an excellent choice for quick and sustainable energy. And that’s why it is often enjoyed 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 from free radicals and oxidative stress.
7. Detoxifies the liver: Apart from these benefits, consuming roasted makhana in ghee also helps maintain cholesterol levels because of its low sodium content.
Malik says, “Besides ghee, makhana can be roasted with aromatic spices like cumin, black pepper, and salt. This adds depth to the flavor and makes it a more enticing and flavorful snack option.”
Now that you know that there are a plethora of health benefits of eating ghee roasted makhana, it’s time to try your hand at having some ghee-roasted makhana!\
Step 1: You will need makhana (fox nuts), ghee, and seasonings like salt, pepper, or spices.
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 is 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 may take around 5–10 minutes.
Step 5: Once roasted, sprinkle some salt or chaat masala. You can also add pepper or spices. Mix well to coat evenly.
Step 6: Remove the roasted makhana from the pan and let them cool before storing them in an airtight container.
To roast makhana in the microwave, take some makhanas, add ghee, mix them well, and put them in a microwave-safe bowl. Now microwave it for 30 seconds to heat it up. Stir them thoroughly once more after 30 seconds and leave them in for an additional 30 seconds. Continue doing this until the makhanas get crispy, roasted, and light brown.