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


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 :)  :)  :)  


  1. Wow this is really an interesting one..first time hearing flax seeds..thanks for sharing such a nice recipe and information

  2. Very healthy podi. Really useful post.

  3. Very healthy powder with flax seed.

  4. So healthy and spicy powder goes well with all indian cuisine

  5. love to have such healthy and yummy podi ...

  6. This is interesting i learnt the tamil name for flax seeds from there too.I make normal idli podi with flax seeds thats good too.

  7. Really healthy powder..instant chutney can be made with it.

  8. very healthy n new preparation here,love this

  9. That's a healthy one..flax seeds is supposed to be very good for so many factors!

  10. Healthy alternative to our regular podi. I too make idly podi with flax seeds. Though I add some chana and peanuts too, this looks bit different with flax ruling the flavour!!!

  11. I watched that episode too, it was on my to do list; but you did it :) Nice & healthy substitute for the regular podi's.

  12. Never thought of making a traditional podi with flax seed. Great recipe

  13. I too watched the episode,such a healthy and flavorful podi...

  14. this is superb... i too make this almost the same way and love it

  15. I never knew the name of flax seed in tamil until you mentioned. This recipe is so good. I am bookmarking this :)


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