Makhanas, also called fox nuts, or lotus seeds, come from a plant called Euryale Fox which grows in the stagnant water of wetlands or ponds in Eastern Asia. They have been used in Chinese medicine since 3000 years and find an important place in the science of Ayurveda too.
Benefits of Makhana
1. Ideal snacks –
They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs.
2. Helps in high blood pressure –
They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content.
3. Anti – ageing –
An anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds is said to help repair damaged proteins.
They are low in calories, making them an ideal snack for weight loss.
4. Help in Weight loss –
makhanas are naturally low in calories and sodium so you can munch on them guilty free!
5. Nutritional value –
Makhanas are rich in good carbohydrates and proteins. They are also gluten-free and contain a flavonoid called kaempferol, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. They are also high in magnesium, which is important for heart health and also the regulation of levels of calcium, potassium and sodium in the blood.
Best ways to eat makhana
Makhana aren’t just eaten as a snack but is added in many deserts and vegetables to give them a rich and healthy flavour.
Here are a few ways you can cook Makhana –
Khoya Matar Makhana Sabji
Dry Roasted Makhana
Phool Makhana Raita