Gingerbread Makhana

Makhana or fox nuts or lotus seeds comes from a plant that is grown in the wetlands is a healthy seed which is rich in minerals and vitamins. It is low in sodium, cholesterol and fat, making it a perfect snack for all ages. It is low in glycemic index making it ideal for people with diabetes.

This dish is a sweetened popcorn of sorts which is made with jaggery. The inspiration for this recipe was from the caramelized popcorn which is widely available here during the Holidays. Jaggery makes this healthy as there is no refined sugar plus the benefits of the various spices used to flavor the makhana. 

Makhana is used to make a lot of varieties of dishes. It is used with peas to make matar makhana, or savory snacking seeds seasoned with all kinds of dried herbs and spices. Makhana kheer is another dish that can be made with fox nuts. It is also widely used during Navratri or for fasting too. Let’s now make the fusion version of makhana.


2 cups

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Total Time

20 minutes

  • 2 cups makhana or fox nuts
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • ½ cup jaggery
  • 2 tsp water
  • For gingerbread flavor:
  • ⅛ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 3 cloves
  • ¼-½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1-2 pinches cardamom powder

Step 1
Add the spices powders and cloves in a mortar and make a fine powder. You can double or triple the quantity and grind in a coffee grinder alternatively. 

Step 2
In a pan add makhana and roast for 5-8 minutes until crisp. Keep aside.

Step 3
In the same pan add ghee. Add jaggery and water. After the jaggery melts let it cook for another 3-5 minutes. Stir well in between. 

Step 4
Now add roasted makhana and toss well so that the mixture is completely coated. Let it cool completely and store in an airtight container. Serve with butterscotch rabdi or can be had as a snack on its own.


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The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.

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