Sunday, 15 December 2013

Flax seeds powder

    One evening, I was watching JAYA TV programme, termed suvaiyo suvai.  The host was cooking 'Aazhi vethai podi' otherwise called Flax seeds powder.  I was completely delighted to find this, since I had bought flax seeds few weeks before :)   Flax seeds, derived from fibre crop is well known for its healthy benefits.  Not only is it source of fibre, vitamins, omega 3-fatty acids and micronutrients, they have also been proved scientifically to lower risk of heart attack, diabetes and cancer.


You can also view this wiki link which explains its consuming tricks.  Flax seeds powder made here, is an delecious fusion, I must say :D,  dry roasting  our desi ingredients and flax seeds separately, they were made to cool and thoroughly powdered.  This can be substituted with our regular idly/dosa podi.  The cook host has also requested not to mix them with oil and consume them as it is with dosa/idly.  The reason she explains is that though one mouth would feel the 'dryness', saliva will be secreated and balance the rest of the meal.  


Total time: 30 minutes (Excluding an hour for cooling)

Ingredients required

  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup whole urad dal
  • 8, whole dry red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp of hing/perungayam
  • 1 tsp of salt

Method

Dry roast urad dal till brown, keep aside.  





In the very same pan, dry roast flax seeds too.  When you add flax seeds, they tend to splutter (Just like rai/mustard seeds, so be careful that you keep your face away from the utensil),  continue to dry roast them till that splutter effect stops completely. 



The below pic is how they look after stopping to splutter, keep them aside.  


Dry roast red chillies too, after a minute or an two stir in salt and roast again.  



Keep all ingredients in a clean, dry plate.  Cool completely.  Blend them till they form coarse powder.  



Enjoy this podi/powder with your idly/dosa or with plain ghee rice.


Happy cooking :)  :)  :)  




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