You can never have enough of these crunchy,tasty & tangy roasted makhanas(lotus seeds)! It is a perfect easy to prepare, healthy, evening snack. You can munch on these to fight food cravings or hunger pangs that often strike in between your breakfast and lunch!
Good to know
Makhana/Fox nuts/lotus seeds are low in sodium. Their high calcium content is good for bone health.
Makes 1 medium snack bowl
Cuisine : Indian
Course : Snack
Difficulty Level : Very Easy
30 gm Phool Makhana (Fox Nuts)
3 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp *Chat masala
1/4th tsp Chilli Flakes
1/4th tsp Kashmiri Red chilli powder
1/4th tsp Turmeric powder
1/4th tsp Black salt (Kala namak)
Juice of half lemon
1. Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a heavy bottom pan, add Makhana/Fox nuts and roast on low flame for 3-4 minutes.
2. Add 1 more tsp olive oil, red chilli powder, chilli flakes, black salt, chat masala, mix well and roast for another 1-2 minutes on low flame. (I could have added all the oil at once in the beginning only but makhanas are so good and quick at soaking up the oil that i prefer to add some in between as it allows the entire batch to be uniformly crispy!)
3. Add lemon juice, mix well
4. Remove from flame, your tangy, roasted makhana /fox nuts are now ready! Enjoy!
*Chat Masala is a spice mix from the Indian cuisine and is a mix of tangy and spicy flavours. It has cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, asafoetida (hing), dry mango powder and black salt.
This healthy chicken quinoa bowl recipe can be easily customized/quantified as per individual requirement by adding more or less chicken or quinoa to the bowl!
You can marinate the chicken, a day prior to cooking and refrigerate, thaw when required and cook. Again you can prepare quinoa a day in advance and use it the next day so following a quantified diet becomes easy with little planning and preparation. It’s takes less than 15 minutes to make this bowl, if you have pre-marinated chicken and cooked quinoa ready.
Makes 2 bowls of chicken quinoa
Course : Lunch/Dinner
Difficulty level : Medium
Good to Know
Quinoa is a tiny edible seed and has a dense nutrient profile. It is said to be one of the few plants that contain all nine essential amino acids.
300 gm Boneless chicken pieces
2 cup cooked Quinoa
3 tsp curd
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp cooking oil
A bunch of fresh Cilantro/Coriander leaves
1 tsp salt or to taste
For the marinade
Wash the chicken pieces and place them in a big bowl.
Add curd, garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ground cumin powder, coriander powder, salt, lemon juice and chopped cilantro/coriander leaves.
Mix well and marinate for minimum 30 minutes or keep the marinade in the refrigerator to be used next day.
Cook Quinoa : Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a pan. Bring it to boil and reduce the flame. Let it simmer and cook on low or medium flame until the quinoa absorbs the water. cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. It will allow the quinoa to fluff up. Once cooked, keep aside.
1.Heat a pan/kadhai and add 2 tsp cooking oil, add marinated chicken pieces.
2. Stir and cover the pan, cook for 3-4 minutes.
3. After 3-4 minutes, you will notice that it is partially cooked and has a gravy now! Mix well and cook covered for another 4-5 minutes. Check whether the chicken is nicely cooked, if required cook it for few more minutes. (Don’t overcook or it will become chewy and dry)
4. Remove the lid, and cook on high flame to quickly reduce the gravy. We do not want our chicken to be completely dry, remove from flame when little moist and has very little gravy left, just good enough to coat it well.
5. Serve hot along with quinoa and raw onion rings.