Salt and Pepper Makhana | Salt and Pepper Lotus Seeds

A wonderful snack made from Lotus Seeds

Salt and Pepper Buttery Makhana Recipe

Puffed Lotus seeds, or Makhana, are an unusual ingredient that is used in India and SE Asia. Makhana Palak is a wonderful dish of lotus seeds in a spinach gravy. But it is also beautiful to simply saute the puffed seeds in butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Are you looking for recipes for snacks? Have a look here and here. Our favourite snack is Bhajji. See our lotus seed recipes. Other Indian recipes are here and here, or find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

Salt and Pepper Buttery Makhana

Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 0 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
Serves:as many as you like

Simply heat some ghee in the wok, stir fry the makhana for a few minutes, and then sprinkle liberally with sea salt (celtic sea salt if you can find it) and with freshly ground black pepper. Turn on the TV, relax and enjoy the buttery, salty, peppery makhana.

You can also stir fry them in this way it with salt, a pinch of sugar, red chili powder, chaat masala and some lemon zest.


Author: Ganga108

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19 thoughts on “Salt and Pepper Makhana | Salt and Pepper Lotus Seeds”

  1. I always wondered what they were used for when I saw them in the grocery store. Will pick them up this time around, they seem to be a yummy snack πŸ™‚

    There are quite a few great recipes around for them, Priya. They are worth trying – I love the salt and pepper version.


  2. I tried making some curry withe these but no one really liked them.:(
    Now stir fried might just be popular. Let me see.

    I do hope that you like them salt and pepper style. I would love it if you report back and see whether you have some converts to makhana.


  3. Quick and yummy snack for a cold winter weekday every:).

    I had it at my friends place long back ( yrs) I never made as i’m not really sure whether my family will like or not. Should give it a try sometime.

    …. just delicious for yourself I reckon…… A midnight snack when all the house is quiet….


  4. A high iron containing breakfast can be prepared with makhana and milk.It is more tasty and nutritious than corn flakes.


  5. hello

    I’m so glad to find someone posted this! I love salt and pepper makhana, my granny used to make it all the time and its a wonderful snack!

    You can also roast it with salt, sugar, red chili powder and some lemon zest, its yum!


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