There was a time when my 4 year old got kind of addicted to chips. Since she started solids at 6 months, I had always made sure to offer her healthy options. No processed junk like biscuits or chips. But as we moved along, somewhere along the line, I lost my determination and she fell in love with chips.
Now what do I do? How do I bring her out of this unhealthy love? As I read about various healthy options, Makhanas or lotus seeds came into my eyes.
Makhanas also called as Fox nuts (yes, fancy name too!) are super healthy and as crunchy as chips. I am lucky that it’s easily available in our local supermarket and hence it was easy to make the switch. It tastes bland in its original form but when fried in ghee, it turns out oh so yummy!
My little girl now crunches and munches on Makhanas and they have become her favourite snacks. Be it after school hunger pangs or post dinner snack, Makhanas are her best friend now. I also take them along during flight journeys so that she can munch on to curb boredom.
My one year old also loves Makhanas and they serve as excellent finger food too. Just fry and quarter them to offer to babies.
Health benefits of Makhanas/ Fox nuts: Low in cholesterol and fat, low glycemic index, high in magnesium, gluten free, rich in protein, beneficial to kidneys.
How to prepare fried Makhanas?
You will need:
* 1 Cup Makhanas/ Fox nuts
* 1 Tbsp Ghee/ Butter/ Oil
* A pinch of salt (optional)
How to prepare:
1. Heat a frying pan and add ghee to it.
2. Add Makhanas and fry them till the colour changes to slight brown. It will take 3 to 5 mins. Don’t keep on high flame as the Makhanas may burn.
3. Remove from flame and sprinkle little salt if needed.
* You can also add chat masala or cheese powder or red chilli powder for more flavors.
* For younger kids, quarter the Makhanas after frying and offer. Skip salt if the baby is less than an year old.