Makhana Namkeen Snack Recipe – Healthy Makhana Recipe for Navratri

post modified on February 24

Written by Puja

Makhana Namkeen Snack Recipe is a healthy snack recipe that can be consumed on fasting during Navratri. Makhana also known as fox nuts and lotus seeds are a healthy ingredient and are a great option, for munching during the day.

Makhana namkeen snack

About Makhana Namkeen Snack Recipe:

Makhana Namkeen is one of the most healthy snack recipes. My Daughter and Dilip are fond of Makhana Namkeen and they never complain about eating them because they’re tasty and nutritious.

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. They are available in most Indian stores and are available in both the summer and winter seasons. 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 them during fasting.

Every year during the Navratri festival I make sure that I make this recipe, in batches so that I can consume it during the day as a snack. It gives me lots of energy and keeps me full.

By the way, would you like to know the significance of this Navratri festival, then just keep on reading, I am sure you would find this article really informative for yourself.

Significance of Navrati Festivals:

I really like this time of the year. It starts and then keeps going on.

Wondering what?


And then there is that unique fragrance in the air. The fragrance of well-being, prosperity, and positivity.

In fact, most festivals celebrated around this time of the year are 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.

Makhana namkeen snack recipe

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.

Makhana namkeen snack recipe

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.

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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 the most ferocious form 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.

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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 of 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.

Why you Should Make Makhan Namkeen Snack Recipe:

This kind of recipe made with makhana is a healthy 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. So if you see, there are many reasons for making this recipe for you and your family.

  • Simple and easy to make
  • An ideal snack for kids and adults.
  • Rich in fibre and protein and very low in fat content.
  • Great snack recipe, while travelling

Interesting right?

So if you like this recipe then you will also like Makhana Kheer Recipe and Sabudane ki khichdi.

Makhana namkeen recipe

Looking for some more Snacks Recipes:

It is easy to plan for lunch and dinner. But it is really difficult to plan for snacks recipe. Check out the below-mentioned 4 snacks recipes, you can make at home for your kids.

Makhana namkeen recipe

Basic Ingredients used to make this Recipe:

Makhana/ Foxnuts: Makhana is the key ingredient. Make sure you use good-quality makhana to make this recipe.

Nuts: I have used nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashew, and raisins also to make this recipe.

Green Chili: To bring the fresh spiciness to the recipe, I have added chopped green chili. If you want you can skip the same.

Curry Leaves: Curry leaves are another healthy ingredient in this recipe. So I make sure, I use them, whenever I make Makhana Namkeen Recipe.

Ghee: Don’t compromise on ghee ingredients, as ghee brings a great flavor to the recipe. Moreover, if you are making this recipe for fasting then ghee is a must.

Rock Salt: If you are making this recipe for fasting then use rock salt, else use normal salt.

Others: To make this recipe a little chatpata I have also used black pepper powder and mango powder.

makhana namkeen recipe

Makhana Dry Fruits Namkeen Snack Recipe

Makhana Dry Fruits Namkeen Snack Recipe also known as fox nuts and lotus seeds is a healthy snack recipe that can be consumed on fasting during Navratri.
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Puja


  • 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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Frequently Asked Question about Makhana Namkeen Recipe:

Is salted makhana healthy?

Makhana is a great supplement to a healthy, well-balanced diet because it is high in various vital elements. It’s high in carbs and micronutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus, and comes in a variety of flavors.

How is makhana made?

In a pond, or ideally in stagnant water, the seeds grow on the leaf. After collecting the seeds, they are washed and sun-dried for a few hours. After they have dried, they are roasted in a skillet at high temperature and then smashed, causing the black shells to break and a white puff to appear.

Is makhana hot or cold?

After digestion, Phool Makhana is believed to have a ‘madhura’ (sweet) rasa and is described as having ‘sheeta veerya’ (cold potency). It is also known as ‘guru’ (meaning “heavy in nature”) and “snigdha” (oily or unctuous).

Can we eat makhana daily?

Every day, a handful of makhanas can help you look younger and make your skin glow. Makhanas are even better for gut health because they contain antioxidants.

Does makhana cause weight gain?

Fox nuts, commonly known as makhana, are delicious snacks to eat. They’re low in cholesterol, fat, and sodium, making them a great snack for when hunger strikes suddenly. They’re also gluten-free, high in protein, and carbohydrate-dense. Furthermore, makhanas are known to aid with weight loss.

How does makhana taste?

Makhana has no flavor or taste on its own, but it may quickly absorb any flavor that is cooked with it.

How do you make makhana with milk?

Makhana tastes really awesome when it is made with milk. You can check out my recipe for Makhana kheer here.

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This post was originally published on 25th Sept 2019 and has been updated for additional information.

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