Monday, February 15, 2021

Flax Seed Idli Podi | Side dish for Idli and Dosa

Flax Seed Idli Podi, a healthy and tasty idli podi made from the urad dal and flax seeds along with a few more Indian spices. It's so flavorful and tastes great with both idli and dosa varieties.
As a South Indian, i find it really hard to include flax seed in my diet regularly. But after giving this podi a try, it became a regular in my pantry.Unless you told, no one can find that it has flax seeds in it, so it's an easy way to include the flax seed in your diet.

Flax Seeds 

Flax Seeds are a great source of many vitamins and minerals. It's mainly known for its richest source of omega-3 fatty acids. Hence it's highly advisable by the nutritionist to include in your diet in any possible ways. 

Urad Dal 

In Indian Cuisine, Urad dal is one of the most common lentils used for centuries. It's rich in calcium and so good for your bones and teeth. Here in this recipe, I have used split black urad dal. But any type of urad dal is used in the recipes like whole or skinned or unskinned 

Garlic & Curry leaves 

In our home , we are so used to the flavors of garlic and curry leaves in all types of idli podi. Therefore I'm using the same in this recipe. But you can skip those if you don't prefer those flavors. 
But trust me, they give amazing flavors to the podi. Hence usually I make this type of spice mix(podis) the day after I buy the fresh curry leaves. Flavor is best when curry leaves are fresh.

Related : Paruppu podi / Dal powder for rice 

Red Chili 

Depends on your tolerance of spice level, you can add more or less of red chilies. Usually the spice level of the podi is a bit more when it's fresh. After a few days, the hotness would be more subtle. 

How to serve this podi

I would recommend serving this flax seed podi with sesame oil along with idli or dosai/ dosa varieties. It tastes good on its own or it can serve along with chutney and/or sambar for idli and dosai.

Flax Seed Idli Podi

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes : 1 cup 
Recipe Category: Spice Mix | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Idli Podi, Flax Seed Podi, Flax seed, Indian Spice Mix Flax Seed Idli Podi, a healthy and tasty idli podi made from the urad dal and flax seeds along with a few more Indian spices.
Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Red Chili - 18
Garlic - 6
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Flax Seed - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Asafoetida Powder - 1/4 tsp

First heat a pan and add the urad dal, roast till it's aromatic and slightly starts to change its color. Transfer into a plate.

Next add the garlic and curry leaves, roast till they curry leaves are crispy and then transfer into the plate.

Next add the red chilies, roast till it's crispy and then transfer into the plate.

Finally add the flax seeds roast till it's started to crackle and then switch off the flame and let it cool a bit.

Related: Ellu Podi / Sesame Seed Podi for idli and dosai

Transfer all the roasted ingredients into a mixie jar and grind into coarse mixture.
Then add the flax seed and grind into fine powder.

Finally add the salt and asafoetida powder and give a couple of pules.
Tasty and healthy flax seed podi is ready. Serve it with idli or dosa varieties.

Related : How to make idli and dosa with single batter

  • Grind into fine or super fine powder as per your liking. 
  • Don't let it cool completely. Grind it when it's slightly warm, 
  • Actually it's easy to make fine powder when it's warm.

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