4 delicious ways you can include makhana in your diet
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 in a variety of forms, ranging from parathas to a simple trail-mix-like snack.-
This humble seed has many benefits according to Ayurveda. It is beneficial to cardiovascular health, promotes postpartum healing, and is a good source of healthy carbohydrates. Makhana, which is high in proteins and minerals, is a filling and easy-to-digest snack.
Here are 4 delicious ways that you can incorporate Makhana in your everyday diet:
Overnight Porridge: Oats are the universal choice when it comes to breakfast cereal, but you can also make yourself a dry Makhana mix and keep ready for the week and soak small quantities like you would for an overnight oats' porridge.
. Dry roast some Makhana in an oven or in a kadhai. Crush roughly using a mortar and pestle (or simply 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 or 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
. In the morning, add fresh fruit or sweeteners as you like, and enjoy a truly great breakfast!
. Parathas: Ground Makhanas can serve as excellent gluten-free options for breads. It has an underrated taste and acts as a nutritious meal.
. Roast and grind the Makhana to a powder and store 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 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 you would, any other paratha.