This is a healthy and delicious snack called caramel foxnut or gur makhana. These are very tasty and healthy as foxnuts have a number of health benefits. Also these are refined sugar free. Try roasting foxnuts in Air fryer or pan.
Preheat Air fryer at 200 C or 390 F for 5 minutes. Lightly brush the Air fryer basket with a little ghee or coconut oil (for vegans). Add your foxnuts or lotus seeds taking care to only fill the basket to less than half the volume.
Air fry for 3-4 minutes at 390 F. Keep checking at 2 minutes. It is done very quickly and burn as quickly too. Once it is creamish or brownish, remove.
For pan frying foxnuts
Roast makhana in a pan in a little ghee. Use 1 tbsp. ghee for 1 cup. Don’t overcrowd and roast in batches till all the makhana becomes crispy. You can break one to check.
Keep the makhana aside.
Now to make jaggery or gur caramel:
Heat ½ cup jaggery with 2 tbsp. water.
Cook on low heat with constant stirring. Wait for it to start bubbling.
Now add sesame seeds to it and mix.
Add roasted makhana to the bubbling gur caramel after turning off the gas.
Mix well till each foxnut is coated. Keep aside to cool.
Your gur makhana or caramel makhana is ready to eat. Dive in. It is deliciously crispy and sweet.
You can store it in an airtight container though in my home it gets consumed immediately.
Enjoy it as a filling and healthy snack. Kids love it.
You can add 2 pinches of salt and ¼ tsp. pepper powder to make it slightly spicy. If adding, add to the jaggery water mix.
This recipe uses powdered jaggery. If using jaggery block, break into smaller pieces and then use. It may take longer for it to melt.
You could use sugar instead of jaggery for making the caramel.
The gur caramel made this way is not too hard like coffee but coats each foxnut beautifully helping it to retain its crispness. If you want a harder coating, cook the jaggery a minute longer but make sure it does not burn.
While air frying keep an eye on the foxnuts as they can quickly go from roasted to burnt.
The makhanas must be roasted on low flame till they are roasted on all sides. Do store in an airtight container and they will easily last a week or two. If you leave them exposed to air then they will lose their crispness.