Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Flax Seed Podi (Spicy Flax Seed Powder)

We usually take flax seeds, just by dry roasting it, or by making ground powder of it. Also I use flax seeds as an egg substitute. So thought of using in Indian cooking too. As podi is our favorite, thought of adding it in my idli podi. Tried my own version of flax seed podi and all of us loved the taste.

Flax seed also known as linseed, contains high level of dietary fiber and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds helps to control cholesterol level. Also these seeds help to reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.


Skinned urad dal/Urad dal - 1 cup
Flax seeds - 1/4 cup
Red chilli - 8 to 10
Garlic - 3 or 4 cloves
Curry leaves - 1 sprig (optional)
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tsp


1) Heat a wide fry pan and add oil. Add the red chillies and fry till it turns brown.

2) Remove the fried red chillies from the pan to a bowl. Add the black urad dal in the same pan and fry till it turns light brown color.

3) Add the flax seeds to the urad dal. Fry till the flax seeds start to splutter and by the time urad dal turns dark brown. Else you can also roast the urad dal first, till it turns brown and then roast the flax seeds.

4) Let the mixture cool. Put all the mixture in a blender. Add garlic and salt.

5) Make ground powder of it.

Healthy flax seed podi, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, is ready now. You can have this with idli or dosa, by justing adding some gingelly oil/sesame oil to this podi.


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