No Onion No Garlic/ Snacks & Starters


Looking for some low cal snacks to munch between your meals ,to mute those hunger pangs ? Today i have for you all a healthy, guilt free and easy snack made from puffed lotus seeds.Spicy , crunchy and super addictive – that’s ” Roasted Phool Makhana /Spicy Roasted Puffed lotus seeds ( foxnuts)“. Made from just a teaspoon of oil within 10 mins , they are way way better than popcorn  – both taste wise as well nutrient wise.


Few years back my dad was posted to Gwalior.During our regular grocery shopping we spotted something similar to popcorn that was white and round with some dark spots. On enquiring, the shopkeeper told that its called as Phool makhana or foxnuts.Now that was very new ingredient to us .Out of curiosity my mom picked a bag of it.Not knowing what to do  the bag lied unused for next few months.Then came Navaratri and we were invited for a pooja in a neighborhood home. There it was the first time we tasted phool makhana kheer. They tasted awesome.We learnt that phool makhana was made commonly during fasting days in North India and many recipes can be made with it. They are also rich in minerals ,calcim and anti oxidants.Since then foxnuts make frequent visit in my pantry and i make quiet a few dishes from it.Today i’ll share my family favorite recipe from puffed lotus seeds. Here we go…


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 2 Cup phool mahkana / lotus seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder, ( as required )
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat masala
  • a Pinch Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


  • Take a big kadai dry roast foxnuts in a low flame for about 8-10 minutes till they are crispy.Keep aside.
  • In the same kadai/ pan , heat oil. Add chilli powder,chat masala, salt and turmeric.
  • Stir in the foxnuts and toss to combine evenly. Mix in between for 1-2 mins.Switch off.
  • Once cooled , store roasted foxnuts in a air tight container. Serve with hot tea or at any time.


  1. You can replace chaat masala with garam masala / amchur powder / spices you prefer.
  2. you can also do this in oven.

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  • Reply
    January 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Wow! Easy n nice recipe!

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    January 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Love to munch on this.. Looks yummy dear

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    January 7, 2015 at 1:00 am

    where can we find faxnuts?

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    January 7, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Thats nice.New recipe to me . Where to get in blore ? How to ask in shops ?

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    Ree Kasirajh
    January 7, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Perfect snack!!! Never knew the healthy side of it!! Will try this soon!

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    Rafeeda AR
    January 7, 2015 at 6:12 am

    feels like having chips… yum…

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    MonuTeena RecipesPassion
    January 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

    lovely snack dear

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    Vibha Sp
    January 7, 2015 at 8:55 am

    wow luks so cute , very very easy recipe must try , they r directly comng to mouth such a good pic 🙂

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    January 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Hi Chitra ,In bangalore you get it in MK ahmad, Big bazar,total etc ? You can ask as makhana .. they will give.

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    nandoos Kitchen
    January 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    lovely snack..

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    Sathya Priya
    January 7, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    i saw this shop, was not interested in picking it ..but sure have to give it a try after seeing this.simply healthy snack..

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    Meena Kumar
    January 8, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Love those puffs. Until I started blogging I was under the impression only roots are edible.

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    January 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I have never tasted before. Would love to try

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    February 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Always used to wonder what this is..thanks Smitha for introducing to a lovely snack…Medhu n tachu are munching that now..

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    Monica Rajan
    October 12, 2015 at 6:29 am

    What is this called in kannada??

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    Sheela Kurian
    April 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Nice..Although I have seen it so many times on the shopping aisles, i never knew it could be eaten this way. Will try it!

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    October 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing!!! Need more recipes like this…

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