I confess I find makhana very bland. Also since most of the time it traditionally comes in packets that are unable to retain its crunchiness, it becomes all the more unpalatable for me. At a food exhibition, I came across Pop Mak, a brand that offers roasted makhana in 6 interesting flavours of Italian Tomato, Sour Cream n Onion, Black Pepper, India Spices, Black Salt and Chaat Masala. The next flavor to look out for is cheese. My first choice was Sour Cream n Onion and with the first bite, the crunchy makhana had me eating more.
For those who don’t know what makhana is, well it is lotus seeds. Also called fox nuts and gorgun nuts, it is an aquatic crop grown in sweet water lakes. Its cultivation is completely free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. It has also been termed as God’s food and is used in Ayurveda. Makhana is considered superior to dry fruits such as almonds, walnuts and cashewnuts as well as coconut in terms of sugar, protein, ascorbic acid and phenol content.
Pop Mak is a natural snack that has no cholesterol and trans fat. It has a very high complete food score as it provides required fiber, protein, iron, carbohydrate, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous and yes it tastes great. All Pop Mak flavours come in a convenient zip lock pack so the crunchiness of makhana remains intact. And if you want to store it otherwise ensure you keep in an air tight container. My complaints of makhana being bland and not crispy went out of the window once I ate Pop Mak. Apart from a healthy and tasty snack for adults, it makes for a good tiffin option for kids who are 3 years and above.
Pop Mak is manufactured by STK Food Processing Pvt. Ltd. which is a pioneer in the makhana snacking sector. Shortly they will also offer two other tasty products- makhana kheer mix and makhana atta. The kheer is a healthy dessert which is made from a combination of whole seeds, crushed makhana and finely powdered makhana. The pack will contain sugar packed separately so one can choose how sweet they would like their kheer to be. This option is also good for diabetics who can satisfy their taste buds using sugar free.
Makhana atta is handy as a fibrous and protein rich curry thickener instead of cashews or any other dry fruit. The atta can also be added to regular wheat flour to make soft rotis. This atta added to other attas’ and mixed with coriander, onion, garlic and salt can make lip smacking parathas which can be had for breakfast or given in the tiffin.
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