ROASTED FOXNUTS/ PHOOLMAKHANA SNACK RECIPE
Foxnuts or Phoolmakhaana (thats what these are called in India) are a very popular fasting food, because these are not considered a grain, but a seed.It is highly highly nutritious.
Its health benefits are superior to those of dry fruits such as almonds, walnuts ,coconut and cashewnut in term of sugar, protein, ascorbic acid and phenol content. It is also a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. It is very high in fiber and low in calories.It is a great addition to regular diet, and also an inevitable option if you are on a low cal , sugar free , vegan diet.
Roasting fox nuts-
Oven method– Preheat oven @180C. Layer the founts in a single layer and put in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes, shuffle them and keep in the oven again for another3-5 minutes. When done these will be slightly golden and crispy.
Microwave method– In a microwave safe bowl, heat the fox nuts for about 30 seconds, take these out, mix and heat again for another 30-40 seconds.
Pan method– You can dry roast in a non stick pan for about 8-10 minutes. Keep stirring in between so that the fox nuts do not burn.
Adding ghee/ coconut oil enhances the taste of the fox nuts, and its seasoning, so in my recipe I have roasted these in a pan with some ghee.
I roasted these using ghee, but if you do not want to use ghee, another healthier alternative would be to use coconut oil. Using coconut oil will qualify this as vegan:).
The below snack recipe is really simple, and all you need to do is roast the foxnuts using any of the above methods and add the seasoning/ condiments.
The seasoning that I’ve prepared is a bit tangy and spicy, but you can make a number of seasonings as per your taste.
The simplest would be to roast foxnuts with a little turmeric in a little ghee or coconut oil as per the below method in the recipe section, and add salt and pepper as per your taste. You can even add chilli flakes, or chilli powder to make this spicy.
The detailed recipe of tangy roasted fox nuts, that I usually make is below.
You Will Need
Heat ghee / coconut oil in a pan.
Add foxnuts/makhanas, add turmeric powder and roast for 10-12 minutes,till these start getting a little golden and crispy
Take them off heat.
Make the seasoning- Mix all the dry ingredients together- salt/ pepper/chilli powder/ black salt powder/amchoor powder/roasted cumin powder and dried crushed mint leaves.
Add the seasoning to the foxnuts and mix /shake well.
Keep it in a glass airtight container, and it will be good to munch in ,for months.