Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Avise ginjala Podi or Flax Seeds Chutney Powder

I came to know about the health benefits of Flax seeds or Avise Ginjalu (Telugu) and that they contain high levels of dietary fibre, lignans, micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that flax seeds lower cholesterol but excess consumption may cause some disorders like skin irritation or breathing problems.  I started searching for them in grocery shops and super markets. Unexpectedly, I found them in an organic food stall at an exhibition. I bought a small packet and decided to try making chutney powder.

Let's see how I made flax seed chutney powder..    


Flax seeds-1 cup
Dry red chilly-6
Cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
Coriander seeds-1teaspoon
Tamarind-a small berry sized (optional)
Garlic cloves-4
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil-1 teaspoon



1. Heat the oil in a pan and add broken red chilli and turmeric powder. Fry them on a low flame for a minute. Now add flax seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fry for two more minutes.
2. Add garlic cloves and tamarind pulp and turn off the stove. Once the contents get cool, add salt and grind them  into a powder in a mixer jar.
3. Leave the powder outside for 3-4 minutes and transfer into an airtight container.

Serve it with steamed rice and ghee or with idly or dosa :)


Note: You may also add hing, curry leaves, and a table spoon each of urad dal and gram dal.

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