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Spicy Puffed Lotus Seeds

17 Sep

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Phool Makhana.

Phool makhana are roasted or fried lotus seeds that cause them to puff up. Here is a quick snack with phool makhana. Phool makhana are fried in ghee till crisp. Garlic and red chilli powder are ground together and phool makhana are tossed in this spice powder and served as a snack.
Makes: 2 Cups of Spicy Puffed Lotus Seeds.

Ingredients:

Phool Makhana 2 Cups
Garlic 3 Cloves
Red Chile Powder 1 tsp
Roasted Peanuts 1 tbsp (optional)
Curry Leaves a few
Salt to taste
Ghee 1 – 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel and roughly chop garlic cloves.
Grind garlic cloves, red chile powder and salt into fine powder using a spice blender.

Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan on medium heat, add curry leaves, phool makhana and fry for around 3 minutes or until the puffed lotus seeds turn crisp without changing its color.
Remove from heat, add ground garlic red chile powder, remaining ghee to the fried phool makhana and toss well.
Also, combine roasted peanuts (if using) to the phool makhana.
Serve spicy puffed lotus seeds as a snack.
Notes:Make sure not to over fry makhana.

Suggestions: If makhana are not crisp, put them back on heat and fry them again till crisp.
Variations: Puffed lotus seeds are fried in ghee till crisp and seasoned with ground black pepper and salt.  Kalonji, Ajwain can also be used instead of garlic to flavor the phool makhana. Peanuts can be replaced with any dried nuts like cashews, almonds etc… Lotus Seeds look like this.
Other Names: Popped lotus seeds with Garlic, Spicy Makhana.