Makhana is a high-value aquatic cash crop and a traditional Indian snack. It grows in stagnant perennial water bodies.
Makhana has been widely used in traditional oriental medicine to cure various diseases, including kidney problems, chronic diarrhoea, excessive leucorrhea, and hypofunction of the spleen. Moreover, it is fast emerging as a superfood globally owing to its rich medicinal values and mineral contents.
Makhanas are rich in nutrients and are a highly potent source of manganese, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, protein, and phosphorus. In addition, both raw and fried Makhana is rich in essential amino acids.
Slightly roasted makhanas are an excellent teatime snack and a perfect tiffin option for kids. In India, people make dishes such as kheer, curry, raita, and cutlets using makhanas.