Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Makhana Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Makhana, also known as fox nuts or lotus seeds, are the seeds of the lotus flower. They are commonly used in Indian cuisine and are often consumed as a snack.

Yes, Makhana are considered a healthy snack. They are low in calories, fat, and sodium while being a good source of protein, fiber, and several essential nutrients.

Makhana are typically roasted or fried in a little oil to make them crispy. They can be seasoned with various spices, salt, or sugar for added flavor.

Yes, Makhana is a popular choice for fasting in Indian culture, especially during festivals like Navratri. It is considered a permissible food during religious fasts.

Allergic reactions to Makhana are rare, but individuals can potentially be allergic to them as with any food. If you suspect an allergy, consult a healthcare professional.

Yes, Makhana can be consumed with milk or tea. They can be added to warm milk for a nutritious drink or enjoyed as a snack with tea.

Store Makhana in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to keep them fresh and crispy. Proper storage helps prevent them from becoming stale or losing their crunch.

Makhana are rich in protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. They are also low in cholesterol and saturated fats, making them a heart-healthy snack.

Yes, Makhana can be a good addition to weight loss diets due to their low-calorie content and high fiber, which can help you feel full and satisfied.

Remember that individual dietary preferences and health conditions may vary, so it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or nutritionist for personalized dietary advice.

Makhana can be used in various dishes, including curries, sweets, and snacks. They can be ground into a powder for thickening gravies or blended into a creamy sauce.

-Yes, since Makhana is high in calcium and proteins it helps in bones and muscle development of babies.

50 gm of Makhana has 180 calories.

Makhana seeds can be consumed raw. Makhana flakes are easily available in market for making
main course recipes like curries etc. They can also be used to make sweet dish. In Japan an China,
Makhana seeds are used to make pastries and cakes.

Yes, Makhana is very good for skin and hair as it is full of essential vitamins. Loaded with
antioxidants also helps in maintaining healthy skin and hair.

No, Makhana does not cause cough or cold. In fact, Makhana is used in preparation of Ayurvedic andChinese medicines.

Yes, Makhanas help in reducing fatigue as Makhanas are rich in antioxidants which helps in fighting
free radicals. Hence, providing energy.

Yellow textured Makhanas are the best quality Makhana. One should avoid Makhana with brown
patches as it means it is of poor quality.

Makhana is expensive like other dry fruits. It’s easily available in grocery stores, super markets. However, price may be a little higher if one buys branded Makhana from retail stores.

Yes, they can be consumed in raw form. In fact, many people in Asian countries prefer to eat them raw.

Yes, Makhanas have a long shelf life and can be stored in air tight containers or months to avoidmoisture exposure.

No, dark brown patches on Makhana show they are of poor quality as these patches are nothing but
the covering which should have been rubbed off while roasting. They are difficult to chew as well.

No, in fact yellow textured Makhanas are of good quality as it shows that its seeds are dried androasted well.

Yes, Makhana can be consumed as a snack anytime. However, it should be taken in moderate quantities.

When consumed in small quantities, Makhana is a very good option for patients with digestive
problems as it is high in fibre. However, excessive eating of Makhana can cause gas, bloating and

Ayurvedic medicines and Chinese medicines use Makhana as an ingredient due to its nutritional
value which helps in treating sexual problems especially in men.

Since Makhana is low in sugar, glycaemic level, it helps in controlling diabetes in patients. It also has
good proteins and carbohydrates that help in having a better health.

Makhana is high in fibre and low in fat which helps in keeping weight in check. Fibre helps in
increasing the metabolic rate and thereby, reduce weight.

Rich in Iron and calcium, Makhana helps in development of foetus. It also helps in high blood
pressure and high sugar in check. Greg Anthony women eat them as healthy snack option as well.

Makhana is very good for heart as it helps in improving the quality of blood and oxygen in the body.
Makhana is high in magnesium which ensures that patients have health heart functioning.

Yes, Makhana is a super food packed with vital minerals like calcium, potassium, iron etc. it is low in
sodium and is very good for overall health.

Makhana is grown in Mithilanchal region of Bihar

Other popular names include Fox Nut, Euryale Ferox, lotus seeds, Prickly water lily, Gorgon nuts,Phool Makhana, Kantpadma, Jeweir, Sivsat, Thanging, Mukhresh.

Madhubani, the center of Mithilanchal region in Bihar is the origin place of Makhana. Cultivation started under the kingship of King Darbhanga ariund 1800 centuries.

The Indian state of Bihar is the highest producer of Makhana.

South East Asian countries namely India, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, U.K., U.S.A. and European countries consume Makhana.

India contributes 90 percent of total Makhana production worldwide

Makhana’s or fox nut’s global market size is estimate to be around USD 30 million and is ever