Makhana Chivda (Fox Nuts or Lotus Seeds Snack Mixture)
Lotus Seeds or Fox Nuts which are also called as Makhana are cold (Sheeta) and heavy (Guru) according to Ayurvedic properties. They have the ability to reduce and calm both Pitta and Vata. Due to its Kapha qualities, the lotus seeds have an affinity for sleeplessness and calming the nervous system. Lotus seeds are also known to act as a Vajikaran (Aphrodisiac) and Anti-aging ingredient. The seeds are valued for their nutritional qualities of being high in both Calcium and Potassium. Additionally, Makhanas also possess a high thiamine content. Thus, their consumption helps in sustaining the cognitive function of the nerves. Consuming this low caloric herbal product helps in the generation of acetylcholine, therefore contributing to the process of neurotransmission. Makhana is often served as Prasadam and is commonly used as a food to break fasts during Vedic holidays. Overall, this ingredient helps promote Sattva guna in the body, mind, and spirit!
Some of the traditional recipes are Makhana Kheer or Porridge, Makhana Chivda, Makhana Vegetable, and Makhana Rolls, etc. The Makhana Chivda is a quick and easy snack for pregnant and postpartum moms and very favorite among the children. Its shelf life is longer and hence can be taken on long trips.