Makhana Namkeen(Fox Nut Trail Mix)

Makhana Namkeen, a healthy mix of roasted makhana(fox nut/lotus seeds) with nuts like cashew nuts, raisins.

It is commonly made as a snack item for evening tea and also during the fasting festivals like Navratri and Shivaratri. this healthy and tasty snack can also be served to your guests, given to kids to satisfy their hunger pangs or packed while travelling.

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What is Namkeen

Namkeen, meaning in Hindi language is something savoury. In India is referred the savoury snacks (fried or roasted) that are served with tea and also eaten to satisfy the salty cravings. Namkeen are mostly dry snacks that fried and can be stored for over a month’s period depending on the ingredient used. Some common and popular namkeens are various forms of bhujia(chickpeas noodles), dry fruit mixtures, Poha Chivda(roasted flattened rice mixture with dry fruits), Chana Murmura and many more.

A gluten-free healthy snack for everyday and everyone.

img_3206_ezy watermark_10-03-2019_02-06-36pmToday I am here with recipe of a very easy namkeen/snack made with mix of Makhana(fox nuts), dry fruits(like raisins,cranberries) and nuts and seeds(like cashew nuts, sunflower seeds). This is a no fuss recipe is ready within minutes. Add the ingredients as per your choice and availability. I have used Fox nuts(Makhana), Cashew nuts, Cranberries, Raisins with some sunflower seeds. This is one the dry snacks that I make in rotation to Poha Chivda and Chana Murmura. These come in handy during their exam time when they need something filling and nutritious to munch on while studying, during their vacations or while travelling when they need have the cravings to just munch on something. Grown ups can pack for their snack time and munch while on work.

How nutritious is this trail mix..

The nuts and seeds and the seeds used in this trail mix are healthy, gluten-free and suitable for vegans. These are rich in antioxidants, minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium and selenium. Makhana or fox nuts are rich in fibres and proteins and have anti-ageing properties and helps in balancing the sugar levels.

Let’s see how I make this no fuss, healthy and easy namkeen..Makhana Namkeen(Fox nut Trail Mix) 

Makhana Namkeen(Fox Nut Trail Mix)

Makhana Namkeen, a healthy mix of roasted makhana(fox nut/lotus seeds ) with nuts like cashew nuts. raisins. Makhana Namkeen for fasting. Gluten-free and vegan Makhana snack recipe. Lotus Seeds/Fox Nuts recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Elevenses, snacks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 Cups


  • 1.5 Cup Makhana/Fox Nuts/Lotus Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Cashew Nuts
  • 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds/Melon Seeds/Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins and Cranberries
  • 1 tsp Chaat Masala or Amchur Powder(Dry Mango Powder)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder optional
  • 1 tbsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ghee/Oil
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 3-4 Curry Leaves


  • In a kadhai or heavy bottomed pan dry roast makhanas. Check by crushing Makhana between index finger and thumb. It should be crisp. Once done take out in a dry bowl and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add ghee, add curry leaves, cashews, seeds with red chilli powder and roast till they give aroma.
  • Add makhana, raisins and cranberries and mix in the dry spices(chaat masala, salt and sugar).
  • Mix well till the spices coat the nuts and seeds. Keep the flame to medium and take care not to burn the nuts and seeds.
  • Take out in a bowl or plate and store in an airtight container once completely cool down.


  • For fasting days add Sendha Namak. You can also avoid the dry masalas as per your dietary preferences.
  • Add any nuts/seeds of your choice. You can Almonds and pistachios and peanuts also.
  • If having nut allergies, add only seeds.
  • If Chaat Masala is not available to you, mix 1 tsp of cumin powder and 1 tsp of amchur(dry mango) powder. 
  • Avoid Red chilli powder or add as required when making for kids.
Keyword Fasting Food, Gluten-free,Vegan, Fried Food, Fasting Recipe, Fox Nuts, Gluten-free, Snacks, Travel Food

Makhana Namkeen/Fox Nut Trail Mix

So make this healthy trail mix for any time munching, pack it while travelling or during fasting. Store it in an airtight container, it stays good for over a month, but trust me, it finishes off well before time.

When fasting you can add Sendha Namak, omit chaat masala(as per your dietary preferences) .

Linking this easy and no fuss Makhana Namkeen to Srivalli’s Kid’s Delight event, guest hosted by Renu themed on Travel food.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#98

Also, linking the post to A-Z recipe Challenge group, where the letter this month is ‘F’. Here all the fellow bloggers will be sharing dishes that have the main ingredient that starts with letter F and my ingredient is FoxNut (Makhana).

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Hope you will like my way of making this Makhana Namkeen(Fox nut Trail Mix). Check out my other recipes with Makhana.. Makhane Matar aur Kaju Ki subzi(Uttar Pradesh Special), Dry Fruits aur Makhane Ki Kheer and Makhane ki Panjiri.

Also linking this to Angie’s Fiesta Friday#266 where co-hosts this week areLaurena @ Life Diet Health and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

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Author: Swati

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37 thoughts

  1. I totally want this. I so adore this combo of nuts, cranberries pumpkin seeds and will add makhaa from now on.

  2. Wow!! Another interesting, innovative and yummy makhana recipe. I love dry fruits in namkeen.I am dying to try it and have this deeelicious makhana namkeen. Can we replace cashews with almonds, I am not a big fan of it. Super YUM!

    1. Thanks Jolly!! Yes you can add or omit whatever ingredients as per your liking and dietary requirements..

  3. The healthy snack to munch on and the addition of seeds make this trail mix more healthy one! Great for busy days or travel.Awesome share.

  4. This colourful trial mix sounds healthy with all the goodness of dryfruits, seeds and nuts. Who want a store bought namkeen when we can make such a healthy and tasty snack at home. Surely a double treat for kids.

  5. Healthy munching especially on fast days. I fast once a week and have this stored in the pantry so that my day is sorted and I am not low on energy levels. I particularly loved the addition of the seeds variety, brings out the health element even more!

  6. This trail mix is so much healthier than shop bought ones. Like Renu said, I also usually make simple roasted makhanas but this trail mix is great for taking on travels and also to pack in lunch boxes.

  7. wow love the different ingredients you have used in this roasted makhana making the whole dish more healthier. I just roast it with plain ghee and a bit of salt. Would love to try your verison.

  8. Love how colorful the makhana Namkeen looks Swaty with all the nuts, dry fruits and seeds going in with makhana ! A guilt free treat for all ages !

  9. Swati love how you’ve mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruits to the makhana. makes it more interesting and healthy. I just bought some makhana, will add other ingredients too this time.

  10. This is definitely a good alternative to store bought trail mixes. Love the sweetness coming from the dried fruit bits too.

  11. At home, all of us are big fans of simple roasted makhana with salt and turmeric. This trail mix is something else altogether – with cranberries, raisins, cashewnuts, fennel and sunflower seeds going in, I can imagine just how flavourful it would be! I’d love to try this out sometime soon. 🙂

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