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Roasted Lotus Seeds (Phool Makhana Namkeen)

 Published 2015-Apr-29   Updated 2018-Feb-14

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Roasted Lotus Seeds, Namkheen Phool Makhana)

Phool Makhana is also called Lotus seeds or Lotus nuts. It is the dried seed of the Lotus plant. It is commonly sued in North Indian cuisine to make 'Makhane ka Kheer', 'Makhane ki Sabzi' etc.

Today I am going to share a quick and light snack made by roasting the lotus seeds. This crispy and spicy Lotus Seeds is such a satisfying snack but so much healthier and low in calories than the fried snack. It can be made quickly for evening snack with a cup of masala tea.
This is one of the foods permitted to be taken during vrat days. If it is prepared for vart, make the snack with Rock salt.

Recipe For Roasted Lotus Seeds

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 5-10 mins
Serves : 2


  • Phool Makhana - 2 cups
  • Oil/ Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Salt (or Rock Salt) - to taste
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Amchoor Powder - 1/2 tsp


  1. Heat the oil/ghee in a pan on low heat.
  2. Add the lotus seeds and roast it on low heat for 10-15 minutes until it becomes crisp. (You have to do the whole process on low heat with continuous stirring for best results.)
  3. One done, switch off the flame and add the spices. Mix well to coat the seeds. The heat in the pan is enough to wake up the spices.
  4. Serve this roasted lotus seeds with a cup of coffee or tea as an evening snack or while watching a movie.


  • If you want to make chatpatta phool makhana (spicy lotus seeds), then add an additional 1/2 tsp of chili powder and 1/2 tsp of chaat masala.

Microwave Method

  1. Take the lotus seeds in a microwave safe bowl and mix the oil.
  2. Microwave on high power for 2-3 minutes till it becomes crispy.
  3. Wait for a minute an tale the bowl out of the microwave oven.
  4. Sprinkle the spices and toss.

Serving Suggestion

  • It is one of the easiest snacks to make. You can have the phool makhana namkeen as an evening snack with a cup of masala tea.

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Person   ()
So, being in the US... I( have a question... do you use the dried Lotus seeds... or fresh?

Person   ()
Dried. You can find them in any Indian grocery store.

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