FoxNut Munchies ( Salt and pepper spiced Makhana)

Lotus Nuts, Fox nuts.. What’s in a name?  Except this provides more nutrition than your average munchies and huge plus, this is not deep fried. I faintly remember this being brought into the menu by my maternal grand mom. But in Chennai where I grew up , this was not a common occurrence. I had been eyeing this in the stores and went on to read about it a bit. On a catch up session with my mom, she remembered how it was catered to in our household . So there you folks, a simple and quick recipe,that is made in a Jiffy and the next time you feel like reaching for the bag of chips, or butter smothered popcorn , or just like that during the in between times, this is what you would be reaching for ..again and  again , I promise !

Foxnut Munchies
Serves 6
Crunchy, Munchy spiced Foxnuts.. Perfect to keep munching on!
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. • 2-3 cups of dry foxnuts
  2. • 1 tsp of oil ( olive or any non flavored oil)
  3. • 1/2 tsp of dry paprika powder
  4. • 1/2 tsp of dry pepper powder
  5. • 1/2 tsp of salt
  6. • 1/2 tsp Amchur or Dry Mango powder
  1. Heat a tsp of oil in a large wok.
  2. Add in the flavors / spices that are listed above or of your choice.
  3. Add in the Fox nuts/ Lotus nuts/ Makhana
  4. Roast on medium heat until they become nice and crunchy. Usually in about 10 min or so.
  5. Take it out in a large container,add the salt and shake it about to distribute it.
  6. Serve it up and start munching!
  1. Store in an airtight container. Stays fresh for a week or so.


  1. These look like a great snack. I have to go get them right away..Are they guilt free? a suggestion would be…Along with your excellent recipes, a small note on the health benefits or cautions will make a follower like me a disciple

    1. That’s an awesome thought ! yes , will also make it easier for on the fence guys ! will do so. Thanks!

  2. Here are some quick fact about the Fox Nut :

    I found that they are Popular in chinese medicine..


    Neutral; sweet and sour; attributive to kidneys and spleen.


    The seeds of a small deciduous shrub, cultivated like lotus with large floating leaves and a large violet flower. The seeds are oval with a whitish color and contain about 10% protein and lots of starch. It is a superior herb highly regarded for restoring sexual vigor and youthful energy in older men, and for retarding aging. It is commonly used as food.


    Strengthen kidney to preserve essence, deprive dampness to relieve leucorrhea, emission, frequent urination; strengthen the spleen to relieve diarrhea; regulated blood pressure; relieve numbness and aching near waist and knees. It is suitable for arthritis; impotence; and premature aging.

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