This post is in partnership with Eat Makhana.
This ancient Ayurvedic medicinal food has been prescribed for thousands of years to new mothers to assist them in their recovery post-birth because the seeds contain 17 essential amino acids and vitamins like B12 that help reduce inflammation and combat fatigue. Eat Makhana, a local company based on the Peninsula, knows everyone in the family can benefit from the superfood elements of Makhana, so it’s bringing popped water lily seeds stateside.
These supersnacks are a healthier alternative to popcorn or pretzels — they’re gluten- and grain-free, packed with plant-based protein and minerals, and are naturally free of all main allergens.
My kids and I couldn’t quite describe the taste of Makhana the first time we tried them. The flavors were familiar, a little like popcorn or the puffed barley that comes in some Kashi cereals, but because the seeds are roasted and seasoned after they’re popped, they also had a richer, heartier flavor. In texture, they’re light and airy with a satisfying crunch and absolutely no kernels, preservatives, or additives. Maybe it’s just me, but they also seemed neater to eat, creating fewer crumbs than popcorn or pretzels.
Water lily plants are native to the northern state of Bihar in India. Their seeds are harvested by hand and subsequently dried and popped by farmers. Once they arrive in California, the folks at Eat Makhana gently oven-roast them with organic seasonings and Himalayan pink salt to create the perfect snack-on-the-go.