Makhana Namkeen Snack Recipe also known as fox nuts and lotus seeds is a healthy snack recipe that can be consumed on fasting during Navratri.
I really like this time of the year. It starts and then keeps going on.
And then there is that unique fragrance in the air. Fragrance of well-being, prosperity, and positivity.
In fact, most festivals celebrated around this time of the year is around the victory of good over evil. And I feel that it shows in the air as well.
Ganesh Chathurthi is over and now it is time for the Navratras culminating into Durga Puja and then Dussehra.
In fact, the Navratras are also considered as the period of cleansing by a lot of people and they fast during this time of the year.
But the other story to it is related to Goddess Durga and her nine avatars, each of which is worshipped on one specific day in these nine days.
This is how these 9 days signifies each of these incarnations –
Day 1 – Shailaputri: Shailaputri means “Daughter of the Mountain”. In fact, this is an incarnation of “Parvati”. She is also considered as the direct incarnation of “Mahakali” and it is in this form that she is worshipped as the consort of Shiva.
Day 2 – Brahmacharini: Goddess Bramhacharini is another incarnation of “Parvati”. She is so-called because this is the unmarried self of Parvati, the “Sati”. Brahmacharini is worshiped for emancipation or moksha and endowment of peace and prosperity.
Day 3 – Chandraghanta: Chandraghanta is so-called because after marrying Shiva, Parvati adorned her forehead with the half-Chandra. She is considered as the embodiment of beauty and a symbol of bravery.
Day 4 – Kushmanda: This incarnation of the goddess is considered to be the creative power of the universe and she is associated with the vegetation on the earth. She is always shown as having eight arms and sitting on a tiger.
Day 5 – Skandmata: Skandmata is the mother of “Skanda”, also called “Karthikeya”. She is always depicted as holding a baby which is symbolic of the transforming strength of a mother when her child is confronted with danger.
Day 6 – Katyayani: This avatar of the goddess is born to the sage Katyayana and is also known as the warrior goddess. This incarnation is considered as one of the violent forms of Goddess Parvati.
Day 7 – Kalaratri: This form is considered as the most ferocious forms of Goddess Durga. It is believed that Parvati removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. She is always depicted as wearing a white color attire though the color of her skin is dark with fury and rage. This white color depicts prayer and peace and assures her devotees that she is their protector.
Day 8 – Mahagauri: This avatar of the goddess stands for optimism, intelligence, and peace.
Day 9 – Sidhidhatri: This avatar is also known as “Saraswati Devi” and is considered as the source of Knowledge and education. She is called “Siddhidatri” because she is considered to be the one who possesses and bestows all types of Siddhis.
Fasting during the Navaratri is considered good for both mind and health. A lot of people hence fast during these days.
Whatever is the significance with these days and these festivals, I enjoy the sheer positivity that they bring in. I wish the same positivity and prosperity to each one of you as well.
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Onto this week’s recipe now.
Makhana Namkeen Snack Recipe – Healthy Makhana Recipe for Navratri
Makhana Dry Fruit Namkeen Snack Recipe is a combination of Phool Makhana and Dry fruits.
Makhana also known as Phool makhana, lotus seeds or fox seeds has lots of health benefits too. In India Makhana is considered auspicious and is often offered to gods on festivals. You can make a variety of snacks and many other dishes using Makhana and consume during fasting.
This kind of recipe made with Makhana is a healthy snack option for kids. So just make a good amount of this recipe, store it in an airtight container and eat it whenever you feel like snacking or pack it for your kid’s snacks box.
Makhana Dry Fruits Namkeen Snack Recipe
- 2 Cup Lotus Seeds makhana, fox nuts
- 1/4 cup Peanuts
- 1/4 cup Cashew Nuts
- 1/4 cup Almonds
- 1/4 cup Raisins
- 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Dry Mango Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Rock Salt
- 1 Green Chilli Chopped
- a few Curry Leaves
- 2 Tbsp Ghee
Heat a pan, add ghee to it.
Now add peanut, cashew nuts, almond, curry leaves, and green chili.
Fry all of these for 2-3 minutes or until you see the curry leaves have become crispy and the cashew nuts are slightly brown and toasted. (Keep stirring while roasting
Now take it out in a plate and set aside.
Now in the same pan add raisins to it and fry for few seconds and take it out in a plate and set aside.
Again in the same pan add makhana to it and fry stirring continuously, until it gets roasted and become crispy.
Keep the flame low and add the dry fruits mixture and fried raisins to it.
Add black pepper, rock salt, and amchur powder and give everything a nice mix. So that everything is coated well to the makhana and nuts.
So the instant Dry Fruit Makhana Namkeen is ready to be served now. You can store it in an airtight container, It stays good for a week or so.
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