BM #104 Day 8 - 

Makhana Vada, natively called Padma Manjee Bora are super delicious and a great way to enjoy the goodness of Fox nuts / Makhana. 

Special thanks to Aunty for sharing such a wonderful and unique snack. Read on for the recipe of this traditional snack from Odisha.

Recipe Source Padma's mom
Ingredients - 

Phool Makhana 2 cups
Ghee 1 tsp
Besan / Gram Flour 1/2 cup
Onion chopped 1/2 cup
Green Chili, finely chopped 1-2 (as preferred)
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Salt, Turmeric and Red Chili Powder as needed
Coriander Leaves, finely chopped 3 Tbsp
Curry Leaves finely chopped 2 tsp
Oil to deep fry

Pickled Onions - Sliced onions, salt, red chili powder and lime juice mixed well and set aside for a few minutes.

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add ghee and roast the makhana until they are crisp. Remove from heat and allow them to cool.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients - besan, onion, green chili, cumin seeds, salt, turmeric, red chili powder, coriander leaves, curry leaves and roasted makhana.

Mix well and gradually add water to form a thick batter. Adjust the salt and spices to taste.

Heat a wok/frying pan with the required oil. After the oil reaches the ideal temperature [when a sample dough rises to the top as soon as it is dropped in the oil], pinch bite sized portions of the dough and gently drop into the hot oil.

Let those pakoras cook uniformly and get a golden brown color. Remove them onto paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Serve them hot sprinkling some chaat masala and a side of pickled onions and Tea. 

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Preparation Time  45 minutes
Serves 4-5


  1. Wow!! didn't know that Vadas are made out of pool makhana. Looks interesting, I have some at home will give it a try. Nice share Harini.

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. This is an excellent one Harini, thanks to your aunt for sharing such gems! I can start with this one to taste the pool makhana..:)

  4. Awesome ! Totally sold out on these vadas . Didn’t inow phool Makhanas were popular in other states as well . Will definitely try these asap !

  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. I did go through the post other day and thought I had left a comment. First of all the name of this dish itself is beautiful. I had no idea that phool makhana could be used to make vadas. They sound like a great tea time snack.

  7. sushma Says:
  8. Wow I love vadas, excellent dish with makhanas.

  9. Narmadha Says:
  10. Wow.. vada or pakoda is always delicious and using makhana is interesting

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