Fried Lotus Seeds/Phool Makhana/Fox nuts
Lotus seeds or lotus nuts are the seeds of plants in the genus Nelumbo, particularly the species Nelumbo nucifera. Wikipedia
Hi friends! Puffed seeds /makhana/Fox nuts are used in kheer, curries, puddings and as a dry-roasted snack. These could be one of the options as healthy all time snacks!
Preparation time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Recipe Category: Tea time healthy Snacks
Cuisine: North Indian
- Puffed Lotus seeds – 3 cups
- 3 tbsp Pure ghee/ Olive oil
- 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt / or as per taste
In a heavy bottom pan, put the ghee/ oil and when hot add the lotus seed stir fry until crisp over low flame. This takes 5-7minutes.
Sprinkle pepper powder, and salt on the hot fried lotus seeds/ Phool makhanas and mix well until the lotus seeds are well coated with salt and pepper. Remove them and keep them aside.
Serve them hot at tea time.
Cool before storing the fried lotus seeds in an air tight container. Can be stored for a week.
If the seeds loose crunchiness, just dry roast them for few minutes again and they will regain crispiness.
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses:
Lotus seeds are popular for their nutritional benefits and healing properties. They are commonly used in Chinese medications and also in various recipes.
- Lotus seeds contain L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase, an enzyme with anti-ageing properties. It is known to help in repairing damaged proteins.
- The seeds contain kaempferol, a flavonoid known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to help in repairing aging gum tissue.
- The astringent properties of lotus seeds make them beneficial for the kidneys. They help to regulate the energy levels of the body.
- Some studies indicate that lotus seeds may be used to treat various sexual conditions.
- Lotus seeds are used in Chinese medicine to relieve the problem of diarrhea. They are also used to improve the health of the spleen.
- Traditionally, lotus seeds were used to treat people with sleeping disorders such as insomnia. They are also known to be effective in alleviating restlessness. This is due to the natural sedative and calming effects of the seeds.
- The center of the lotus seed is known to be beneficial for the heart due to its cooling properties. The bitterness of the seeds comes from isoquinoline alkaloids which are believed to induce a calming effect and are also anti-spasmodic in nature. They cause dilation of the blood vessels and thus help in controlling blood pressure levels.
- Some medicinal researchers believe that lotus seeds help to strengthen the digestive process and relieve diarrhea.
- The seeds are sometimes combined with other herbs in order to treat urinary ailments such as prostatitis and reproductive diseases. However it is advisable to consult a doctor before using any natural remedies such as lotus seeds.
Lotus seeds also contain a powerful anti-aging enzyme which researchers are now trying to add to various anti-ageing products and cosmetics. The dried seed heads are sold for decorative purposes across the world. These seeds are commonly used in dried flower arranging.
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