It is been more than two months of time since I opened this blog. Personal things kept me occupied and pushed the blogging back to some extent. During this period, I spent some good time with family which rejuvenated myself and now I feel much better with some family favorite recipes. When I said family favorite,to its odd, I remember an unusual ingredient and its recipes from my draft which my family unaware until I prepared and showed them the recipe.
It is Phool Makhana. I just came across this pack during my monthly shopping to a Nearest shop and inquired the shop owner about it and the uses. Being exposed to a food field, I was familiar with its name but still wanted to get some idea from him. He freely suggested few recipes without measurements and the ways it would be used in North India.
I tried the roasted snack which is pretty easy, takes no time to prepare. It is also very easy to munch, gives nice crunchy feeling to the mouth. Owing to the health benefits of the lotus seeds, the less oil and spices it has, can be enjoyed without any guilt compared to any other munching snacks. Perfect snack while u read a book or watching your favorite channel on Television.
Preparation and Cooking Time: <10 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
Phool Makhana / Puffed Lotus seeds / Foxnuts - 2 heaped cups
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon or to taste
Salt - to taste
1) In a wide dry pan, heat oil.
2) Add puffed lotus seeds and roast it for 3-4 minutes or till it becomes crunchy. Just taste a piece, it gives nice crunchy feel and no trace of chewy feeling.
3) Towards the end of roasting, add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
4) Roast till the masala and salt coats the lotus seeds well. Make sure the masala is not burning while doing this step.
5) Once done, store it in an air tight container.
1) Adjust red chilli powder and salt as per personal liking.
2) Adding black pepper/white pepper powder instead of red chilli powder gives another variation of this snack.
3) Well roasted lotus seeds don't stick with teeth while eating and it would be very crunchy.