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The BEST Airfryer Makhana Chivda | Easy Diwali Snacks

Airfryer Makhana Chivda

Makhana or Popped Fox nuts is a versatile low cal, high protein, high fibre ingredient and used extensively during fasting in India – both in Savoury and sweet preparations. Fox nuts also have negligible fat, and the protein in them makes you feel fuller for a longer time, making it a perfect snack. 

Makhana or fox nuts are roasted in the airfryer with minimal spices and almost no oil to make a crunchy, addictive AND healthy snack. Fox nuts are high in protein and fibre and makes for a delectable treatPin

Why is this the BEST Makhana Chivda?

This Makhana Chivda is made with just 1.5 tsp of oil, in an  air fryer with a few add-ons making it crunchy, irresistibly tasty and makes for a perfect snack.

Can it be made without an airfryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can use a thick bottomed kadai (pan) to make this.

Do you need to use oil ?. Can we make it with ghee too ?

Some use ghee to toast the makhana while I have used vegetable oil ,making it a perfect Gluten Free, Vegan snack. You can totally skip the ghee OR oil and make it 100% oil free too.

One may avoid nuts if you have an allergy. Else, the nuts and add-ons make it super tasty, so don’t skip them.

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Makhana or fox nuts are roasted in the airfryer with minimal spices and almost no oil to make a crunchy, addictive AND healthy snack. Fox nuts are high in protein and fibre and makes for a delectable treatPin

Other Baked Snacks you can try for Diwali or even as a healthy Jar Snack for kids and adults at home

Baked Omapudi (Baked sev)

Baked Cornflakes Chivda

Baked Papdi

Baked Tandoori Gobhi

Baked Pepper Sev

Arifryer Banana Chips

Let’s get to making this Airfryer Makhana Chivda

Prep time – 5 mins ; Airfryer / Roasting time – 15 mins, Makes: approx 150 grams

Makhana or fox nuts are roasted in the airfryer with minimal spices and almost no oil to make a crunchy, addictive AND healthy snack. Fox nuts are high in protein and fibre and makes for a delectable treatPin

This dish goes to Diwali Dhamaka at Shh Cooking Secretly challenge. Aruna my partner for this monthly event this theme gave me saunf and powdered sugar while I gave her Chiroti rava and toor dal with which made this amazing Bobbbatlu while I made this Airfryer makhana Chivda for the theme. The theme Diwali Dhamaka was suggested by the admins Mayuri and Renu, whose Gunpowder Aloo Chaat and Horsegram Sweet Potato Patties I have bookmarked to try soon

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What you need to make Airfryer Makhana Chivda

  • 100 grams Foxnuts (Phool Makhana)
  • 2 TBSP Cashenuts
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1.5 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 TBSP Fennel Seeds (Saunf)
  • Dry powder Spice Mix:
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder 
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder (Bhuna Jeera Powder)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric 

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How to make Airfryer Makhana Chivda:

  1. Preheat Airfryer to 200 C 
  2. In the airfryer, add the Phool Makhana (fox nuts) without overcrowding it too much
  3. Roast it for 5 mins at 170 C, shaking them once midway.
  4. Makhana turns crunchy. 
  5. Trander to a plate.
  6. Repeat with the other batch.
  7. Transfer all roasted makhana to a bowl.
  8. Mix all the spice powders and add half to the roasted makhana
  9. Meanwhile toast cashew nuts, curry leaves and saunf (fennel seeds) in lined airfryer basket 
  10. Roast till cashew is slightly brown and fennel seeds turn aromatic (about 3 mins)
  11. The curry leaves will turn powdery. 
  12. Add the cashew-curry leaf-fennel seeds mixture to the roasted Makhana
  13. Add the rest of the spice powder mix, 1.5 tsp of oil 
  14. Mix well 
  15. Airfryer Makhana chive is ready
  16. Store in an airtight container and use within a week
Makhana or fox nuts are roasted in the airfryer with minimal spices and almost no oil to make a crunchy, addictive AND healthy snack. Fox nuts are high in protein and fibre and makes for a delectable treatPin
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The BEST Airfryer Makhana Chivda

Makhana or fox nuts are roasted in the airfryer with minimal spices and almost no oil to make a crunchy, addictive AND healthy snack. Fox nuts are high in protein and fibre and makes for a delectable treat
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Keyword Foxnuts, Gluten Free, Phool Makhana, Quick Snack, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 150 grams
Author Kalyani

Equipment

  • Airfryer

Ingredients

  • 100 grams Foxnuts Phool Makhana
  • 2 TBSP Cashenuts
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1.5 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 TBSP Fennel Seeds Saunf
  • Dry powder Spice Mix:
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder Bhuna Jeera Powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Instructions

  • Preheat Airfryer to 200 C
  • In the airfryer, add the Phool Makhana (fox nuts) without overcrowding it too much
  • Roast it for 5 mins at 170 C, shaking them once midway.
  • Makhana turns crunchy.
  • Trander to a plate.
  • Repeat with the other batch.
  • Transfer all roasted makhana to a bowl.
  • Mix all the spice powders and add half to the roasted makhana
  • Meanwhile toast cashew nuts, curry leaves and saunf (fennel seeds) in lined airfryer basket
  • Roast till cashew is slightly brown and fennel seeds turn aromatic (about 3 mins)
  • The curry leaves will turn powdery.
  • Add the cashew-curry leaf-fennel seeds mixture to the roasted Makhana
  • Add the rest of the spice powder mix, 1.5 tsp of oil
  • Mix well
  • Airfryer Makhana chive is ready
  • Store in an airtight container and use within a week

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23 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Makhana chivda looks really irresistible. I would love to have this crunchy delicious snack anytime. Perfect guilt free snack for munching time.

  2. Preeti Shridhar

    5 stars
    Makhana chivda not only looks scrumptious, it’s a power packed healthy treat . I recently bought an air fryer, so am on the look out for new and innovative recipes for the same. Now can’t wait to try this recipe.

  3. Shobha Keshwani

    5 stars
    Delicious and guilt free snack. It is very healthy and I like the air fried version.

  4. Preethicuisine

    5 stars
    Air fried Makhana chivda looks super tempting. A guilt free snack to enjoy anytime of the year and not only during festivities. Power packed Snack Kalyani .

  5. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Roasted makhana is my all time favourite snack. Love how you’ve made a chivda mixture with air fried makhana. Adding saunf adds so much flavour to your preparation of makhana chivda. Healthy and guilt free snack.

  6. Vasusvegkitchen

    5 stars
    Makhana chivda looks very tasty and inviting, love to gift it friends and family on special occasions.

  7. Sasmita Sahoo

    5 stars
    Air fried Makhana Chivda looks so crunchy n yum !! such a perfect festive treat to munch

  8. 5 stars
    I always make this in stovetop. But this recipe in air fryer seems much more easier. I am going to try it next time.

  9. 5 stars
    Makhana chivda looks very tempting and irrrestible. I like the addition of saunf powder here something different.

  10. Poonam Bachhav

    5 stars
    Roasted Makhana as such is such a power-packed snack..making a lip smacking chiwda with it in Air fryer makes it all the more guilt free. Brilliant share !

  11. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Lovely, tasty, guilt free snack to enjoy anytime. It is good that you have used the air fryer to make this one.

  12. Seema Sriram

    5 stars
    I cannot think of a crispier and healthier snack to much at evening. I like to keep some dry snacks I can much at work and it looks perfect.

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