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Makhana Veggiekins Blog

Makhana 3 Ways – Fox Nuts/Lotus Seed Snack (vegan, gluten-free)

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3-5 servings 1x


A delicious Indian snack, Makhana, Fox Nuts or Popped Lotus Seeds are crunchy, flavourful and best of all, healthy. Here’s how to make them at home.



The Basics

  • 23 cups makhana
  • neutral oil
  • salt

Salted Caramel

Salt & Vinegar

  • salt, to taste
  • vinegar powder, to taste

Cheezy Garlic

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt, to taste


Salted Caramel

  1. For this recipe, we’re roasting the makhana prior to flavouring, to achieve a little crunch before coating. Cook in a pan with just a touch of neutral oil for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until crisp. You can test them by taking a bite–it should have a nice crunch throughout. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Next, in the same pan, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, water and melt down, gently stirring until completely smooth.
  3. Bring the mixture to a bubble, then add baking soda and stir quickly until colour slightly changes then immediately remove from heat and add makhana to the pan.
  4. Toss to coat and then spread as evenly as possible on a baking sheet to cool completely.

Salt & Vinegar

  1. In a pan over medium high heat, roast makhana with neutral oil for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and vinegar powder, to taste, and enjoy.

Cheezy Garlic

  1. Toss makhana in a mixing bowl with neutral oil, salt, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder and smoked paprika.
  2. Transter to a pan over medium high heat and roast makhana with neutral oil for 4-5 minutes. Season with salt, to taste.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins

Keywords: snacks, healthy, gluten free, oil free, paleo, vegan, plant based, oil free