Gur makhana or jaggery foxnuts makes one of the easiest evening snacks. We have ghee roasted makhana often but my son who is 3 years old and has a sweet tooth loves this. I have somehow managed to keep him away from biscuits, chocolates, etc so I make gur makhana when I feel like giving him a treat. I sometimes sprinkle dry fruits powder to this, especially for my son. It’s extremely easy to make and tastes delicious. Not just kids, adults would love them equally.
The only thing you need to keep on mind while making these is the right consistency of jaggery. Cooking it more or less will spoil the texture and makhanas will become hard after cooling down or turn very soft. The best way to check the consistency of jaggery is to put one drop of it in room temperature water. If it spreads then it’s not ready, if the drop doesn’t spread in water means its ready (see stepwise picture below to get an idea). I also shared the full video of jaggery makhana a few days back on my Instagram page, you can find the post here.
2 cups makhana/fox nuts
1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
1/4 cup water
1 cardamom, powder it
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp ghee
Roast makhana till they are crisp using ghee. Once done, remove the makhana from the pan. Add sesame seeds to the same pan and roast for 30 seconds, remove from the pan. In the same pan, add water and jaggery. Mix, keep the flame low and let it come to a boil. Add salt and cardamom powder, mix and cook for another 2 minutes. Check the consistency of jaggery by putting a drop of it in water as explained above. When the jaggery has got the texture, add roasted makhana and sesame seeds to it, mix well so the makhanas are coated evenly, turn the flame off and serve.
*Keep all the ingredients handy before starting as the jaggery cooks really fast.
*A pinch of salt makes a lot of difference so don’t skip it.
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