Makhana Chivda

Whether you are looking for a filling snack during vrat times, a guilt-free savory snack, healthy tea-time namkeen or a munchie for a long drive, this Makhana Chivda will surely fulfill your needs.

With Makhana being so versatile with its use and its ability to pick up a variety of flavors, it works as a great replacement for the traditional Murmura (Puffed Rice) that is in Chivdas. With nutritional benefits such as protein and iron, Makhanas are a great replacement for store bought snacks such as crisps. And with the added goodness of nuts, seeds and fruits, this snack is surely a powerhouse of nutrition with taste and crunch.

Prep time5 minutes
Cook time15 minutes



  • Makhana – 2 7oz (200 gram) packets (Click on Makhana for an Amazon link or is available at any Indian grocery store)


  • Pistachios – 1/4 cup, roughly chopped
  • Cashews – 1/4 cup, roughly chopped
  • Coconut – 1/4 cup, flakes of freshly dried coconut
  • Almonds – 1/4 cup slivered
  • Peanuts – 1/4 cup, roasted

Spices & Herbs

  • Hing – 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – A handful
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – As per taste
  • Amchur (Mango) Powder – 2 tsps
  • Green Chillies – 1-2 tbsp, crushed


  • Ghee – 1 tbsp for each round of roasting (See method for # of roasting steps)


  1. In a non-stick pan, add 2 tbsp of ghee. Add the plain makhana and roast them until they are lightly browned and crispy. Once roasted, place them in a mixing bowl
  2. In the same pan, toast the coconut until they are lightly browned. Place the toasted coconut in a separate bowl
  3. In the same pan, toast the slivered almonds, cashews and pistachios. Once lightly browned and toasted, add them to the bowl of coconut
  4. Make tadka. In the same pan, add 1 tbsp of ghee. To this, add mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves and green chillies. Add this tadka to the roasted makhanas and mix well
  5. Add the toasted nuts to the makhanas and mix well
  6. Sprinkle some salt and amchur powder and mix well
  7. Store in an air-tight container for approx. 1 week

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