Fox Nut Trail Mix (Phool Makhana Namkeen)

I can manage the lunch boxes and those lunches and dinners but it is those times in-between when she is a teeny bit hungry and dinner is still a few hours away. Snacks, that’s what I struggle with the most! What about you?

It’s maintaining that fine balance between giving her something nutritious and fun, filling but only so much that she can still have her dinner and quick to eat so she can finish her homework and go to the park in time…phew! Huge potential for another series, what do you think? Healthy snacks for kids?

This fox nut trail mix (phool makhana namkeen)  is one of her favourites. It is healthy, delicious and one that keeps her tummy full till dinner time but not so full that she will sleep without having it. Win! Win!  I usually make a huge batch every week for it can be stored easily. We carry it with us to her classes, long road trips, to the park, to the mall, etc. She likes it even in her lunch box.

Phool Makhana are popped lotus seeds and are extremely beneficial for one’s health. Here, I have roasted them along with some spices and salt. 

Combine it with some nuts that your kid likes and you have something healthy to munch on. I like to make different versions of this trail mix as the recipe is very forgiving. Just add, herbs and spices according to your palate; chaat masala, curry powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, turmeric all make for great flavours. There are no rules for this trail mix, combine what you like and you are good to go.

Here’s how you can make it!

Fox Nut Trail Mix (Phool Makhana Namkeen)


  • 3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 cups of fox nuts (phool makhana)
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ tsp dried mint
  • ½ tsp dry chilli powder or paprika
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a large pan. Allow it to melt completely.
  2. Add the fox nuts to the pan and roast on low flame till they are crunchy (They should not be chewy at all)
  3. Remove from the pan and keep aside.
  4. To the same pan, add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee. Once it melts add the almonds, cashews, peanuts, and raisins. Roast them lightly (till toasty).
  5. Add back the foxnuts and give it a good mix.
  6. Add the dried mint, paprika, and salt and make sure the everything is coated well.
  7. Allow the mix to cool and enjoy.

There is another trail mix on the blog that she loves as well. Do give that one a try a well and also let me know if you’d like me to share some more really simple and quick snack ideas from my kitchen, on the blog.

Happy snacking!

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