LOTUS SEED (Phool Makhana) GRAVY

Phool Makhana or Lotus seed Gravy is a very healthy recipe and can be used as a side dish for roti,chapathi,dosa, rice etc.

 

Ingredients

1. Heat a wide pan and roast the lotus seeds for 5 minutes on low flame till they become crispy. This can be eaten as such like a snack (like popcorn )

2.Heat oil in the pan. Add green chillies, onion, salt and fry till onion gets fried well

3. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and fry

4.Add Garlic Ginger paste and fry till raw flavour goes away

5. Add tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes till it forms a thick gravy

6. Add the fried lotus seeds and mix well with masala

 

7. Add little water and cook covered on low flame for 10 minutes till the masala is absorbed

8. Garnish with coriander leaves. Lotus seeds gravy is ready. Serve Hot with Roti or dosa

 

LOTUS SEED GRAVY

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • Lotus seed or Phool Makhana - 2 cups
  • Onion sliced- 2 medium
  • Tomato sliced- 2 medium
  • Green chillies - 3 medium
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder-1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder- 1 tsp
  • Garlic Ginger paste- 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Heat a wide pan and roast the lotus seeds for 5 minutes on low flame till they become crispy
  2. Remove them into a bowl
  3. Heat oil in the pan. Add green chillies, onion, salt and fry till onion gets fried well
  4. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and fry
  5. Add tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes till it forms a thick gravy
  6. Add the fried lotus seeds and mix well with masala
  7. Add little water and cook covered on low flame for 10 minutes till the masala is absorbed
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves

HEALTH BENEFITS

Lotus seeds are very easy to cook and very healthy too. You can just fry the seeds for 5 minutes and eat them like a snack like popcorn. They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs.They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content. Makhanas are recommended for diabetics too due to their low glycemic index.An anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds is said to help repair damaged proteins.In addition, the presence of a natural flavonoid called kaempferol (also present in coffee), helps prevent inflammation and ageing.Ayurvedic beliefs suggest that fox nuts astringent properties that benefit the kidneys. Makhanas are gluten-free, protein rich and high in carbohydrates. They are low in calories, making them an ideal snack for weight loss.Ayurvedic and Unani medicine believe them to have aphrodisiac properties.

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