What is Phool Makhana or Fox Nuts?

Makhana are the puffed seeds of giant water lilies

Phool Makhanas also known as fox nuts, Euryale ferox, lotus seeds, gorgon nuts and phool makhana. The seeds are collected from the bottom of the Pond or River.

The collected seeds are cleaned thoroughly and dried. These seeds are often used in some Indian sweets and savouries; such as- kheer, raita or makhana curry, tasty pan Jiri to cure Cholesterol.

Instead of eating fry samosas and Pakoras, Cookies, Namkeen, butter to eat fry Phool Makhanas as an evening tea-time snack.

Phool Makhana is healthy and a superfood with many health benefits.

Rani Phool Makhana: is fox nut and it is also known as Makhana, Phool Makhana, lotus seeds, Gorgon nut, Euryale Ferox . The plant fox nut belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae. It grows in water and is found in India, Korea, China, Japan and Russia.

In India, it is popularly known as makhana. This is a native Asian water plant and is mainly cultivated for its edible seeds. They look like popcorn.

They are the edible seeds of lotus flower, which can be roasted or fried. These are used in many dishes of India. They are also considered as very pious food and used in many rituals. Along with this, they are also highly beneficial in terms of nutritional values. For geographical and climatic reason Bihar in India is the heaven for Makhana Production. Around 63% of the total Makhana production comes from Bihar.

Names of Phool Makhana in different Languages

  1. Hindi Name: Phool Makhana
  2. English Name: Euryale Fox, Foxnuts, Gorgon Nuts, Lotus Seeds.
  3. Marathi Name: Kamalache Beej.
  4. Tamil Name: Tamara Vitaikal.
  5. Kannada Name : Kamalada Bijigalu.
  6. Telugu Name : Taamara Vittanalu.
  7. Bengali Name : Padmera Beej.
  8. Malyalam Name : Taamara Vittukal
  9. Sanskrit Name: Padma Beej.

Nutritional value of Makhana

Superfood makhana is rich in proteins and fibre and low in fat. 100 grams of makhana gives around 347 calories of energy.

Health Benefits of Phool Makhana

  1. Good for Heart Health: Makhanas are low in Cholesterol and saturated fats, which makes them a perfect option for people, who are suffering from cardiovascular issues. My cholesterol was little high, so my ayurvedic doctor recommend me to add makhanas in my daily diet
  2. Helps to Improve Digestion: Phool Makhanas can help to improve the symptoms associated with an Upset stomach like Indigestion and Constipation. People that are suffering from constipation can include them in moderation to improve their health.
  3. Strengthen Kidneys: Fox nuts help to strengthen the spleen and kidneys
  4. Lot of Protein: Fox nuts have really high protein content and that’s why you can eat Phool Makhanas for fasting food. Half bowl of Roasted Phool Makhanas can provide you with energy to last the entire day. Fox nuts will fill you up and also keep the calories in check.
  5. Makes your Skin Glow & Younger: Fox nuts have an abundance of anti-oxidants. That’s why making them a part of daily diet can keep you looking younger and making your skin glow. But don’t fry them to get their real benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, which could protect against inflammation and chronic disease.
  6.  Helps in Obesity, Blood Pressure & Heart Disease: They are beneficial to those, who are suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content.
  7. Gluten Free: Phool Makhanas are gluten free, protein rich and high in carbohydrates.
  8. Eat as a Snack: Instead of eating fried Samosas, Pakoras or any other salty snack; such as Namkeen, better to eat healthy snacks. Such as Roasted Phool Makhana. How to Prepare? You can roast the Makhanas in very little ghee or Olive Oil, when they pop and resemble popcorn. These puffed Makhanas can be tossed with some Pink salt and Black Pepper and eat them as a snack. Your Kids will really love them and after all they are so healthy.
  9. Helps to Lose Weight: Phool Makhana have zero calories, so it helps to lose weight
  10. Helps in Sound Sleep: Some people have difficulty to sleep. Then eat roasted phool makhana with Milk or put in the milk and eat. It will help in sound sleep.

1. Tonic Phool Makhana(Fox Seeds) Recipe

Tonic Phool Makhana(Fox Seeds) Recipe
  • Roast Phool Makhana in little Desi Ghee, and set aside to cool down
  • Roast Poppy seeds in just little bit Ghee and let it cool
  • Roast Sesame seeds in little bit Ghee and let it cool
  • Roast Almonds in little Ghee and put them aside to let it cool


  • Grind all above four ingredients in the fine powder
  • Mix them together and put in the airtight jar
  • Eat one spoon of this mixture each day with haldi wala doodh

2. Roasted Phool Makhana Recipe

Roasted Phool Makhana Recipe

Roasted Makhana is an instant snack, which you can make anytime for your family and even for your guests.

Not only Kids, but we elders also feel hungry and eat processed food, which is very harmful for our health.

So we can make something healthy, which is also easy to make and at the same time can give us some health benefits. Below you will learn to make roasted Makhanas at home in only in 7 minutes.

These snacks are not only healthy, but also they can satisfy your hunger pangs and that is Roasted Makhana, or as it is called Phool Makahana, Fox Nuts, or even Lotus Seeds.

Makhanas are a great snack to munch on between your meals or to enjoy with your herbal tea. So this recipe is simple, but very tasty and yummy!😋😋😋😋

3. Phool Makhana Ladu

Phool Makhana ladus(Pennies) are not like normal pennies we make and eat. These phool Makhana Ladus are so special and that’s why they give us health benefits. My Ayurvedic doctor recommend me to eat them with turmeric Spice milk. The all ingredients used in these ladus are-Sesame Seeds, Poppy Seeds and Phool Makhanas. Reset I used Green Raisins, Jaggery and little bit Desi Ghee.

Process to make Phool Makhana Ladus:-

  • In any fry pan roast Phool Makhanas in very little desi gee and it took around 10 to 15 minutes
  • Then roast poppy seeds without any ghee
  • Now roast Sesame seeds without desi ghee, because phool makhanas eat more desi ghee. So to make these Pennies more healthy and good for those, who have cholesterol high, so I tried to roast poppy seeds and sesame seeds without desi ghee
  • After roasting all three, now grind them when they are little cool in the spice grinder into fine powder
  • Then in the same fry pan, in which you roasted, put some water according the mixture and then add very little Jaggery. When Jaggery is melted, then wash and add some green raisins and give two minutes to boil this jaggery syrup and then add to the mixture
  • Mix nicely with spoon and when you can touch, make very small ladus or pennies of it
  • Enjoy one penni with the milk or turmeric milk. Don’t eat with chai tea

Recipe to Make Roasted Makhana

Roasted Makhana is an instant snack that you may eat whenever you like. Phool Makhana, Fox Nuts, or Lotus Seeds are loaded with nutrients and are a good source of protein, calcium, and iron. Here is how to make these at home in minutes.

Most of us end up feeling hungry in between the meals and tend to eat junk, which we should avoid maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Makhana is known by many names like Lotus Seeds, Fox nuts, Euryale Ferox, Gorgon nut, etc.

These seeds are an important part of Asian medicine and cuisine as well.

Ingredients used for Roasted Makhana

roasted phool makhana with chamomile tea

Makhana – Makhana or Lotus Seeds or Fox Nuts, are a healthy snack that can be munched on whenever the hunger strikes. You just have to roast them to make it crispy and crunchy.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Preference is your own, because some people are not allowed to eat Ghee due to high cholesterol, so they should avoid to use Ghee or even butter. But they can use best quality cooking oil; such as-extra virgin olive oil to roast the Makhana, as it adds a nice flavour and also gives it a nice aroma. I love Olive oil to use for all my cooking dishes.

Pink Salt & Pepper – Add a little pink salt and home grounded black pepper to add a little flavor to the roasted Makhanas.

Oregano Leaves & Jeera Powder: You can also add a little jeera powder a spoon of Oregano leaves to make Makhanas more tasty.

Process to make Roasted Phool Makhanas

  • Hot your frypan and put some clarified butter, desi ghee or Extra virgin Olive oil. I used extra virgin olive oil in this recipe
  • Then add Makhanas and start roasting them on very low flame
  • When the Makhanas are crunchy in bite and doesn’t stick to your teeth or you can check by pressing with your finger(if they break quickly), that means they are roasted well. If it sticks or don’t break, then roast it for some more time. Always roast on the low heat, because they will get brown faster on high heat without getting roasted properly.

Health Benefits Of Phool Makhanas or Fox Nuts
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