Makhana Gorgon Nut Raita (Yoghurt)
Makhane ka Raita
Makhane are puffed Gorgon nuts and used quite frequently in Indian cooking, specially to make Desserts. In UK & USA, you can often buy them ready puffed from good India grocers. Serves 4
Makhanas or Gorgon Nut or Fox Nut(Euryale ferox) are the seeds of a plant from lotus family, which has purple flowers not dissimilar to lotus or water lilly flower. This is why they are sometimes confused with and described as puffed lotus seed, which they are not. The plants are cultivated in ponds all over northern India, especially in Bihar. The Makhanas that we use as food are the puffed kernels of the seed pod.
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