Recipe Title : Spicy Masala Makhana

Nidhi Nahata


2 cups phool makhana

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon red chili powder

½ teaspoon chaat masala

a pinch of black salt


Heat a pan and dry roast the phool makhana on very low heat for 4-5 minutes until crisp. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.

To check doneness, crush one phool makhana; it should break with a crisp sound.

Transfer the roasted makhana to a plate and let them cool.

In the same pan, add ghee, red chili powder, turmeric, chaat masala, and black salt. Mix well.

Add the roasted makhana, tossing for about 2 minutes until well-coated with spices. Let it cool to room temperature.

Makhana Bhel:


Spiced roasted makhana:

1 large tomato, deseeded and chopped (about ½ cup)

¼ cup cucumber, finely chopped

¼ cup roasted peanuts

2-3 tablespoons green chutney

2-3 tablespoons sweet tamarind chutney

Coconut to garnish

½ teaspoon chaat masala

Black salt to taste

¼ cup sev or as needed

2-3 tablespoons coriander leaves

2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Lime juice


In a large bowl, combine spiced roasted makhana with tomato, cucumber, roasted peanuts, green chutney, sweet tamarind chutney, chaat masala, black salt, and lime juice.

Garnish with thin sev, coriander leaves, and pomegranate seeds. Mix well.

Finally, transfer to a serving plate, garnish with additional sev, coriander leaves, coconut and pomegranate. Serve phool makhana bhel immediately. Enjoy!

About Author

“Behind Every Healthy Body, there is a Story, and it begins with Mindful Choices.”
Nidhi Nahata is a trained Psychologist, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Sound Healer, and Certified Lifestyle Coach.
Her journey into Health and Wellness began with certifications as a Health Coach from Sharan India in 2016, followed by eCornell T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutritional Studies in NYC in 2020.
In 2017, she dared to redefine the Hospitality Industry by Founding India’s 1st Whole Food Plant-Based Restaurant, Justbe by Nidhi Nahata.
Her mission is to Break Myths surrounding Healthy Food and envision a world thriving on a Plant-Based Lifestyle!