Roasted Makhana (Savory Roasted Fox nuts)

Savory Roasted Makhana (Fox Nuts)

Roasted "Makhana" (fox nut) is a savory, exotic, crunchy, zestful snack comprising of lightly roasted and seasoned Makhana that is irresistibly delicious and addictive - once you begin popping one of these light, puffed marble-sized balls into your mouth, it is hard to stop till your hand is scraping the bottom of the snack jar. Roasted Makhana is similar in shape, texture and crunchiness to popcorn, but the similarity ends there - these little airy gems are more crunchy, more perky and much more healthier than the calorie-rich popcorn. In fact, Makhana is rich in nutrition and loaded with proteins, vitamin B, and many minerals including calcium, iron & phosphorous. You can enjoy this crunchy snack it with a cuppa or pop a couple in your mouth to fill those hunger pangs in-between meals.

The roasted Makhana can be rustled up in a jiffy - its preparation is super-easy with the most basic of ingredients. And the tasty output of your minimal efforts will last for as long as 2-3 weeks (if you have the will to resist their temptation), just make sure to keep it in an airtight jar to retain its crunchiness. For those who have never heard of it before, the Makhana (fox nut) is quite popular in large regions of Asia and has a history that dates back centuries - it is used as a food offering for the Gods during religious ceremonies in India, and is used in medicines in China. So next time you want to curl up on the couch to watch your favorite TV show, snack on these little healthy tit-bits knowing that you can enjoy them without any calorie-related feeling of guilt :)



100 g (3.5 oz) Foxnuts (Phool Makhana); easily available in Indian Grocery Stores
1 tsp Black Salt or to taste
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper ( Red Chilli Powder), optional
Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
1 tbsp Oil

How to make Savory Roasted Makhana

  1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat.
  2. Lower the heat & add salt, cayenne pepper & black pepper. Mix & quickly add the foxnuts & roast for 8-10 minutes or till crispy & crunchy. Remove from the heat.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature and then store in an air tight container. 


  1. What is it? Is it a nut or some kind of prepared food? I am often on safaris in Indian grocery stores but have never seen this. I live in Sweden where Indians are not great in number.


    1. Maria, sorry for the late reply! This is a nut, specifically, it is called Fox Nut. It is a commonly available item in Indian Grocery stores - ask for "Makhana" which is the Indian term for Fox Nut. Hope you find them & get to try out my recipe, it is a really healthy & tasty snack :) Happy Cooking ~ Nids