Makhana Magic

Makhana Magic

Makhana (foxnut) is the new popular champion of healthy snacking. It is high in fiber, low in calories and a great source of protein, iron and other trace elements. By themselves, a makhana is almost devoid of flavour. It must be be pepped up with spices to be turned into a delicious snack which will please one and all ! Don’t forget to stir in a little bit of Verka Ghee for that wholesome, magical touch !


  • 1½ makhana
  • 1¼ tbsp Verka Ghee
  • ½ – ¾ tsp chaat masala
  • ¼ tsp haldi powder
  • ¼ tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 sprig curry patta
  • Salt to taste



  • Heat Verka Ghee in a deep pan or in a ‘kadhaai’.
  • Add curry leaves, allow them to splutter, then remove at once to a plate.
  • Now toss the makhanas into the same ghee and roast on medium heat till crisp.
  • Sprinkle with salt, haldi, chili powder and chaat masala.
  • Switch off the heat. (the masalas must not get burnt). Now crumble the curry leaves and scatter over the makhanas.
  • Mix well to coat evenly. Serve warm or cool and store in an air tight jar.


Note : Check the makhanas before roasting. Patches of blackish skin on the surface should be peeled off, or it will taste gritty. A pinch of ‘heeng’ can be added into the ghee before roasting the makhanas. It imparts a lovely flavour. For a continental twist, skip the haldi and chaat masala. Instead, add mixed herbs to the pan while the makhanas are still warm.