Monday, January 6, 2014

Flax seed Podi-FlaxSeed Chutney Powder Recipe-Podi Recipes

Among all 127 World's Healthiest Foods, flax seeds comes out number one as a source of omega-3s. It owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them: Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Lignans and fiber. Flax seeds are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids which helps to combat heart diseases, diabetes and menopause related problems. They are a very good source of heart-healthy dietary fiber,energy-producing vitamin B1 and free radical-scavenging manganese. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of flaxseeds also make them a logical candidate for cancer prevention. It has Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble fiber. Flax seeds are high in fiber content, so start with a small amount and increase slowly. It is called aali vithai in Tamil and alsi in Hindi. You can add 2-3 tsp of ground flax seed to curries, buttermilk, salads, smoothies, cereals, porridge etc. The optimum dose to obtain health benefits is not yet known. But 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day is currently the suggested dose, according to the Flax Council of Canada. Today we will learn how to make flaxseed chutney powder following this easy recipe.

Flax seed Podi

Flax seed Powder-Flax seed Chutney Podi

Flax seed Powder-Flax seed Podi

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 1/2 cup
 Recipe CategoryPodi Recipes-Flax seeds
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Flax seed - 100 grams or 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
   Urad dal -2 tbsp
   Red Chilli- 4-5
   Cumin seeds/ jeera -3/4 tsp
   Tamarind - small marble sized ball
   Salt needed

Flax seed
Flaxseeds - Aali vithai in Tamil and alsi in Hindi 

Dry roast flax seeds nicely on medium heat. Leave it to cool.

Dry roast urad dal and red chillies until dal turns golden brown.

Dry roast cumin seeds and tamarind separately.

Dry grind everything together with needed salt to a slightly coarse powder.

Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

You can mix this podi with steaming hot rice topped with a tsp of ghee and have it or you can have it as a side dish for idli and dosa.

Note - Grinding or roasting flax breaks the seed coat making all the nutrients easy to digest. Ground flaxseed is best stored refrigerated in an opaque container and will keep at least 90 days. Because ground flaxseed flows readily even when frozen, many choose to store ground flaxseed in the freezer for even longer shelf life. Others simply grind flaxseed as they use it to ensure utmost freshness. Roasted flaxseed should also be refrigerated or frozen. Source -

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References- Health benefits

WebMD:The Benefits of Flaxeed
World's Healthiest Food: Flaxseed


  1. Very aromatic recipe indeed. Podi looks amazing.

  2. Looks yummy! I love this Podi and make a batch of it every so often!

  3. This is an excellent recipe. I grind flax seeds, methi seeds and cinnamon and store in an air tight container and have a tsp a day. Great for diabetes/cholestrol.

  4. padhu ..roasting of flaxseeds is not advisable.

  5. Looks yummy and very excellent recipe with cool presentation :) Padhu

  6. Gomathy - Read Note - I have answered your doubt. You can also check that link.

  7. Great way to include flaxseeds in everyday meal

  8. Hello
    Made your karuvepila chutney yesterday and it was georgous
    Flax seed podi - a question- I use tamarind pulp from a jar- ready made from the shops- it's a bit creamy texture
    Can I dry roast it. I think it will stick to the pan
    Any suggestions?

    1. Thank you Jiva. Tamarind is added just to give a slight tangy taste. Either you can skip it or add 1/4 tsp paste and grind it along with flaxseeds and other ingredients.

  9. Thanks for recipe. Your response toe Gomathy's comment does't have the like. I searched in google and I found this info. Here is the link

    1. Senthil -I have given the same whfood as reference below. In the link you have provided- the first line is "flaxseed oil should not be heated because it can easily oxidize, it seems that heat doesn't have the same effect on whole flaxseeds" So it is oil which should not be heated. Actually you can reap the full benefits of flax seeds only if you powder it or grind it coarsely as the Omega-3 essential fatty acid is found only inside the shell.

    2. I missed to read you reference. By the way I made this podi at home yesterday and is very very good with idly. Thank you for the recipe.

  10. Hi Padu!

    What is the shelf life of flax seeds powder when not refrigerated.

    1. If kept outside it will become rancid. Flax seed once powdered should be refrigerated. But whole flex seed can be kept at room temperature.Kindly read the "Note" section.

  11. Very helpful padhu thanks a lot for this :-)

  12. Padu I'm enjoying all your dishes. I would like to have some more receipie with flaxseed. Thank you

  13. I have flax seed meal (grounded) with me.Can i try the above recipe with that?Will the same proportions work?

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  15. Should the flax seed chutney powder be refrigerated. I think it's nice with out refrigeration also.


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