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Tasty Navratri Fasting Recipe – Makhana Curry | Phool Makhana Sabzi

Tasty Navratri Fasting Recipe – Makhana Curry | Phool Makhana Sabzi

Makhana, also known as Fox Nuts or Lotus Seeds, is delicious and packed with essential nutrients. This Makhana Curry (Fox Nuts Curry) recipe is one of the tastiest ways to include Makhana in your Navratri fasting menu. It is luxurious in flavor, creamy in texture, and tastes best with soft Kuttu Ki Roti (Buckwheat Tortilla). You can’t have just a bowl. 🙂

It is made with nutritious Makhana (fox nuts or lotus seeds), tomato, almonds paste, and flavored with aromatic spices. This creamy curry (or Makhana Sabzi) is a delightful treat for the taste buds. Let’s dive into the recipe and make your festivities even more exciting.

What is Makhana?

Makhana, also known as fox nuts and lotus seeds, originates from the seeds of the Lotus flower. It has always been an integral part of Ayurvedic and traditional Indian medicine for its numerous health benefits. But recently, it has gained popularity as a versatile and nutritious snack option. It has become a pantry staple among health-conscious people and food enthusiasts alike.

Health Benefits of Makhana

Makhana is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Snacking on them contributes to the overall health and well-being. Let’s dive into the health benefits of Makhana.

  1. Rich in Protein – Despite their small size, Makhana seeds are rich in protein, making them an excellent snack choice for vegetarians and vegans looking to meet their protein needs.
  2. Low in Calories – Makhana is naturally low in calories and fat. It can make a guilt-free snack option for health-conscious people.
  3. High in Fiber – Makhana is a good source of dietary fiber. It helps in better digestion and bowel movements.
  4. Gluten-Free – It is naturally gluten-free. That is why, it is perfect for those sensitive to gluten.
  5. It supports Heart Health and is Rich in Antioxidants.

Roasted Makhana

What is the Navratri Festival?

Navratri (also known as Navaratri or Navrate), is a joyous Hindu festival. It is celebrated over 9 to 10 days. “Navratri” is a word from the Sanskrit language – Nav means nine and Ratri means night. This festival is celebrated two times a year, once in the spring (Chaitra Navratri) and once in the autumn (Sharad Navratri). Sharad Navratri falls during September or October and is widely celebrated all across India.

One of the main aspects of Navratri is fasting (known as Vrat or Upvas). During fasting, devotees avoid eating some foods, like grains, pulses, onions, garlic, alcohol, and non-vegetarian items. But they eat fasting food items like fruits, nuts, dairy products, etc.

Navratri fasting

What food items are allowed in Navratri?

Food items that are allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Vegetables like potato, tomato, arbi, cucumber, carrot, bottle gourd, eggplant, pumpkin, etc.
  2. Fruits
  3. Dairy Products
  4. Coconut
  5. Nuts and Seeds
  6. Quinoa, Buckwheat, Little Millet (Samai or Samak), Water Chestnut Flour (Singhade Ka Aata).
  7. Spices like cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cardamom, carom seeds (ajwain), cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, etc.
  8. Rock Salt

What food items are not allowed in Navratri?

Food items that are not allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Onion and Garlic: They are Tamsik in nature and hence not consumed.
  2. Lentils and Pulses like moong dal, chana dal, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.
  3. Grains and their flours like wheat flour, gram flour (besan), etc.
  4. Eggs, Non-Vegetarian Food Items like chicken.
  5. Alcohol (some people avoid smoking too).
  6. Salt
  7. Canned Food Items

Everybody has their own beliefs and follows their own rules during the fasting period. That is why, I suggest you adjust the recipes based on how you follow your fasting and celebrate Navratri.

Is this recipe vegan-friendly?

Yes. This Makhana Curry (Lotus Seeds Curry) recipe has cow milk and ghee. But you can substitute cow milk with coconut milk and ghee with cooking oil.

Ingredients List – for quick reference

Makhana Curry Ingredients

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

Makhana Curry Recipe

Makhana Curry Recipe

Makhana Curry Recipe

Makhana Curry Recipe

More Navratri Fasting Recipes

  1. Roasted Makhana
  2. Quinoa Pulao
  3. Makhana Kheer
  4. Quinoa Cutlets
  5. Sabudana Thalipeeth

Conclusion

Because of its health benefits and versatility, this superfood deserves a place in your kitchen and your regular diet. Whether enjoyed as a crunchy snack, a nutritious addition to meals, or a flavorful ingredient in sweet treats, Makhana offers endless possibilities for delicious and wholesome eating.

So, why not stock up on it and explore the delights of Makhana in your kitchen today? Your taste buds and your body will thank you for it!

If you try this recipe, please share your reviews in the comment section below. Do share a photo on Instagram and tag us @thefearlesscooking. We love seeing your recreation of our recipes.

Kuttu Ki Roti (Buckwheat Tortilla)

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Tasty Navratri Fasting Recipe – Makhana Curry | Phool Makhana Sabzi

Creamy. Nutritious. Delicious.

With its luscious texture and exciting flavors, this Makhana Curry is sure to elevate any festive occasion or celebration. Pair it with soft Kuttu Ki Roti and Makhana Kheer and make your Navratri even more exciting. Try it!

2

Servings

5 min

Prep Time

45 min

Cook Time

50 min

Total Time


Ingredients

Vegetables & Herbs

Spices

Nuts & Seeds

Dairy

Other

Steps

Roast Makhana
  1. Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a pan or kadhai over medium heat. Add the Makhana and roast them until they become crispy and golden brown. Keep stirring to ensure even roasting. Once roasted, remove them from the pan.
Curry
  1. *Prep Ahead - Blend tomatoes into a puree.  ** Soak Almonds and Poppy Seeds in water and blend into a smooth paste.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp ghee in a saucepan or kadhai. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds. 
  3. Add tomato puree, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, and rock salt to taste. Mix well and cook until all the moisture is evaporated and it starts to release oil, about 10 minutes on medium flame. Keep stirring frequently. 
  4. Add almond and poppy seeds paste. Mix well and cook until all the moisture is evaporated and it starts to release oil, about 10 minutes on medium flame. Keep stirring frequently. 
  5. Add water, milk, Kasoori methi, raisin, jaggery powder, and garam masala. Mix well and let it come to a boil. 
  6. Once it boils, lower the flame and add roasted makhana. Cook on low flame until you get the desired consistency, about 15-20 minutes. Keep stirring in between. 
  7. It thickens further on cooling. You can add Makhana in the end too. They soften quickly.
  8. Once the gravy thickens, switch off the flame. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green chili. 
  9. Indulge in this luscious curry with soft Kuttu Ki Roti (Buckwheat Tortilla) and Makhana Kheer. Your delicious Navratri Thali is ready. 

FAQs

What is Makhana?
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Makhana, also known as fox nuts and lotus seeds, originates from the seeds of the Lotus flower. It has always been an integral part of Ayurvedic and traditional Indian medicine for its numerous health benefits. But recently, it has gained popularity as a versatile and nutritious snack option. It has become a pantry staple among health-conscious people and food enthusiasts alike.


What are the health benefits of Makhana?
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Makhana is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Snacking on them contributes to the overall health and well-being. Let’s dive into the health benefits of Makhana.
    • Rich in Protein – Despite their small size, Makhana seeds are rich in protein, making them an excellent snack choice for vegetarians and vegans looking to meet their protein needs.
    • Low in Calories – Makhana is naturally low in calories and fat. It can make a guilt-free snack option for health-conscious people.
    • High in Fiber – Makhana is a good source of dietary fiber. It helps in better digestion and bowel movements.
    • Gluten-Free – It is naturally gluten-free. That is why, it is perfect for those sensitive to gluten.
    • Supports Heart Health and Rich in Antioxidants.

    What is the Navratri Festival?
    +
    Navratri (also known as Navaratri or Navrate), is a joyous Hindu festival. It is celebrated over 9 to 10 days. “Navratri” is a word from the Sanskrit language – Nav means nine and Ratri means night. This festival is celebrated two times a year, once in the spring (Chaitra Navratri) and once in the autumn (Sharad Navratri). Sharad Navratri falls during September or October and is widely celebrated all across India.

    What food items are not allowed in Navratri?
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    • Onion and Garlic: They are Tamsik in nature and hence not consumed.
    • Lentils and Pulses like moong dal, chana dal, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.
    • Grains and their flours like wheat flour, gram flour (besan), etc.
    • Eggs, Non-Vegetarian Food Items like chicken.
    • Alcohol (some people avoid smoking too).
    • Salt
    • Canned Food Item
    Food items that are not allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:
    • Onion and Garlic: They are Tamsik in nature and hence not consumed.
    • Lentils and Pulses like moong dal, chana dal, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.
    • Grains and their flours like wheat flour, gram flour (besan), etc.
    • Eggs, Non-Vegetarian Food Items like chicken.
    • Alcohol (some people avoid smoking too).
    • Salt
    • Canned Food Item

    What food items are allowed in Navratri?
    +
    Food items that are allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:
      • Vegetables like potato, tomato, arbi, cucumber, carrot, bottle gourd, eggplant, pumpkin, etc.
      • Fruits
      • Dairy Products
      • Coconut
      • Nuts and Seeds
      • Quinoa, Buckwheat, Little Millet (Samai or Samak), Water Chestnut Flour (Singhade Ka Aata).
      • Spices like cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cardamom, carom seeds (ajwain), cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, etc.
      • Rock Salt

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