4PM. Im hungry. It’s too late in the day to binge on something sweet (not like that really ever stops me), but my hunt for a healthy snack ended when I heard about makhana or Fox nuts. The name might sound a little like butter and animal body parts but it’s vegetarian and reminds me of popcorn. Apparently, its a seed of Euryale Ferox (some sort of water growing plant that resembles a lotus). To make it further exotic, it’s named after a Greek mythology creature. Fox nuts are touted to have medicinal properties besides of course being low on calories.
1 small bowl of fox nuts or makhana
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp chat masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
- On a hot non stick pan, melt ghee and top over the fox nuts
- On low to medium flame, begin to roast them. After a while, it might get a little smoky but don’t worry.
- Continue to roast for 10 odd minutes till they are crisp. Keep stirring. You don’t want it burning.
- Taste one to check its crunchiness. It ought to be crunchy enough for you to like it. Continue till the crispiness is just right (for you).
- Mix all the masalas in a small bowl and sprinkle the powder over the roasting fox nuts. Stir for 30-45 secs. You don’t want the dry powder to burn.
- Take it off the heat.
- Let it cool and store in an air tight container.
- Booyah… healthy 4pm snack ready!