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Wholesome Makhana Bhel | A Smart Snacking Choice For People With Diabetes

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diabetes-friendly makhana bhel recipe

Choosing the right munching option for a person with diabetes can seem like a difficult task. You want to satiate your cravings and do not want to overindulge at the same time. You want to indulge in something delectable and mouthwatering. But you also need to keep your sugar levels in check!

We have the perfect snacking option for you – Diabetes-friendly Makhana Bhel! With a subtle hint of tamarind chutney and lemon juice, it has the perfect tangy taste that will tantalise your taste buds. Along with being delicious, this is also a healthy recipe for people with diabetes, owing to the health benefits offered by Makhana.

Satisfy Your Cravings With Diabetes-friendly Makhana Bhel Recipe

Bhel remains a favourite among everyone alike. When your favourite bhel is also healthy, it can be consumed without worrying about your sugar levels. Check out this healthy recipe below to have a memorable snacking time-


  • 1 Bowl Roasted Makhana
  • 1 Small Onion (finely chopped – about ½ cup)
  • 1 Large Tomato ( deseeded and chopped – about ½ cup)
  • ½ Cup Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 Green Chilli (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsp Coriander Leaves (finely chopped)
  • ⅓ tsp Chaat Masala
  • ½ Lemon Juice
  • 2-3 tbsp Green Chutney
  • 2-3 tbsp Tamarind Chutney


  • Begin by taking one bowl of makhana and adding some roasted peanuts (preferably unsalted).
  • For the next step, add the chopped tomatoes and onions.
  • Add the green chutney and some tangy tamarind chutney to enhance the flavour.
  • Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice and a dash of pink salt.
  • Garnish with some fresh coriander leaves to make your snack more appetising and aromatic.

Makhana is a good source of magnesium which can significantly improve the oxygen and blood flow in your body. Consuming the right quantity of makhana can reduce your risk of having coronary diseases. Makhana has a low sodium content which can help in managing both diabetes and obesity.

You should keep in mind that excessive consumption of makhana can lead to gastrointestinal issues, bloating and constipation. Moderation is the key to managing diabetes and other chronic conditions. You should always speak to your doctor or health coach before including any food item in your diabetes diet.

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Sakshi Poptani

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