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Monday, December 5, 2016

Flaxseed and Curry Leaves Powder ( Podi )

"How do I include flax seeds in my own / husband's diet ?" .

This is probably one of the most frequent questions that I have encountered as a blogger. For those who are still unaware of the existence of these tiny dark brown seeds that boast of everything from better digestion to clear skin, lower cholesterol to weight loss and of course the much touted cancer fighting properties. In addition, they help in better regulation of the hormone levels in the fairer sex. No wonder all those who are aware of these benefits keep thinking of new ways to include them in the everyday diet.

While the simplest way to have them is to roast them, season as per taste and just chow down a spoonful, I have seen people coming up with interesting recipes just to include some flaxseed the diet. While some powder and add them to curries, others add them to pancakes and cookies. While all these methods are really good, I personally prefer being more quantitative in my approach. Most people are unaware that overdosing on flax seeds can cause gastrointestinal side effects like bloating, stomachache and even nausea.

This simple powder or podi (as they call it in Andhra) promises approximately 1 teaspoon of flaxseed goodness when two spoonfuls are consumed everyday. Have it as a dry chutney with dosa/upma/idli or even add to hot white rice along with some ghee.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Ingredients -

  • 4 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp split black lentil
  • 2 tbsp split Bengal gram
  • 4 dry red Byadgi Chillis
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2/3 cup curry leaves
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Heat a cast iron pan.

Add dry red chillis and cumin seeds. Keep flame on medium high.

Once the cumin starts to pop, add the lentils. Roast till the give off a fragrance and show some browning.

Next add the flax seeds. Once they start popping, let them pop for 1-2 mins.

Finally add the curry leaves and lower the flame. Lower the flame and roast till they wilt and turn crisp.

Remove pan from flame and let it cool down completely.

Transfer to a grinder jar, add salt and buzz for a minute. The texture will be somewhat grainy.

Store in an airtight container.

Come about two teaspoons of this powder everyday for including the health benefit of 1 teaspoon of flax seeds in your diet.

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