Alsi Seeds (Flax seeds) Dry Chutney Powder


Alsi Seeds Dry Chutney Powder

How long it takes:  45 minutes

Makes: 1 Bottle

Alsi seeds are known as Flax seeds in English and these seeds are very rich in fatty acids, dietery fibers and a very good source of nutritious minerals. It is low in carbohydrates, and high in healthy fat and fiber, and good for fighting cholesterol – therefore, a very healthy option for those keeping a close watch on their weight and sugars. We can even prepare laddoos with these flax seeds which in turn will be very nutritious with ghee and other ingredients. I, myself was not aware of the benefits of using alsi seeds, and infact it was only after a couple of readers requested for recipes using this nutritious ingredient that I experimented with it.

Today I would like to put up alsi seeds dry chutney powder to add to the long list of dry chutney powders that I have already put up on this blog (curry leaves, ajwain, uchellu, garlic, sesame, peanut, hurikadle, and ordinary dal dry chutney powder ). This chutney powder is a good combo for idli, dosa, chapati and roti too. Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. Flax seeds – 1/2 Cup

2. Bengalgram Dal (Chana dal)  – 1/2 Cup

3. Blackgram Dal (urad dal) – 2 Tablespoons

4. Coriander seeds – 1 Tablespoon

5. Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

6. Copra – 1/2 cup

7. Curry leaves – 1 Cup packed

8. Red chilli powder (Byadgi) – 2 Tablespoons

9. Asafoetida(soft) – Size of a peanut

10. Tamarind – A little

11. Salt – As per taste                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ingredients of Alsi seeds chutney powder

Other ingredients of chutney powder

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and drain the water completely from alsi seeds and place a skillet with alsi/flax seeds in it. Dry roast immediately, till the seeds splutter.

                                                                                                                   Alsi seeds being dry roasted

2. Empty the skillet and dry roast bengalgram dal (chana dal) in it till you get a pleasant aroma on low/medium flame.

                                                                                                         Bengalgram Dal being dry roasted

3. Dry roast blackgram dal (urad dal) in the same skillet on low / medium flame till you get a pleasant aroma.

                                                                                                                 Blackgram dal being dry roasted

4. Wash and dry roast curry leaves too in a skillet till the leaves are roasted. Ensure that they do not change the colour or get burnt.

Curry leaves being dry roasted

5. Grate copra/coconut and roast it in a skillet on a low flame stirring continuously till you get a pleasant aroma. Switch off the flame and add chilli powder to it and stir it to mix.  Add tamarind to it too.                                                                                                                                 Copra roasted and chilli powder being added to it

6.Place a spatula with 1 teaspoon of cooking oil on low flame and fry soft asafoetida in it till crispy.

Asafoetida being fried in cooking oil

7. Transfer all roasted items to a bowl including coriander seeds, cumin seeds and salt.

                                                                                      All roasted and other ingredients of the chutney powder

8. On cooling, dry-grind it in the mixer and is as shown in the image below.  Enjoy with roti, chapati, with a dollop of home-made ghee or Amul butter!!!!!  It can be preserved for a month when dry spoons are used.

 Ready to serve Alsi/Flax seeds chutney powder

How long it takes:  45 minutes

Makes: 1 Bottle

Good to remember:

1. Alsi seeds should be washed properly in running water and immediately dry roasted.

2. All ingredients should be dry roasted except for asafoetida (hing).

3. Coriander seeds and cumin seeds should be added raw only.

4. Garlic cloves can be replaced in place of asafoetida, but added raw.

5. This powder can even be a good combination with curd rice and dal rice.

6. The powder can be preserved for upto a month in an airtight container and the use of a dry spoon.

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33 thoughts on “Alsi Seeds (Flax seeds) Dry Chutney Powder

  1. Hello Prathibha Aunty,

    I happened to come across this blog when looking for recipes using flax seeds, I am 28, reside in Bangalore and am very passaionate about coooking. I hail from Chennai and have loved food available in Bangalore.
    I went through many recipes on your blog, it is sheer weatlh of information that you have shared for all of us. There is so much for me to try in the kitchen now.
    Especially the podis (dry powders) are very yummy. I hope this podi will be a great combination with akki roti too.

    I will follow your link from now on very keenly. Thanks a lot for teaching me so many things.

      • Hello Aunty,
        I tried out the recipe today and it came out very well. I omitted copra addition and made the powder without it .. it was still very tasty.Aunty, why is that you specifically insist on washing the alsi seeds always and then dry roasting them .. any specific reasons for this?

        I loved the powder and yes I have one full container :) I am very glad, thanks a lot Aunty for sharing such useful and tasty recipe with all. Good day !!

      • Hi Divya,

        I felt it contained a little dust so thought as well wash and dry roast which would be the safe option. So with out copra also the powder is tasty is it?? So lemme try it out .

      • Yes, Aunty .. it is tasty without copra. And I guess without this – the shelf life will also be greater right? I am going to use this podi as an accompaniment with akki roti/dosa etc .. loved it totally.

      • Hi Divya,

        I really appreciate your experimenting it inspite of your busy schedules and send me da feed back. Once again thanx a lot .

  2. Hi, This is Roopa, if have this alsi seeds in daily food ,weight will reduces , or please can you suggest me how to take this seeds reduce weight. Thanks in advance,

    • Hi Roopa,

      Now a days Alsi seeds is available in any super market as well. But you may try in any “Granthige angadi” in 8th cross Malleshwaram i think. U can even try in a shop wherein herbal materials are available.( I mean like the dry Amla powder etc)

  3. this is too good, i was looking for some receipes with flax seeds, and was happy to see chutney powder using the same, shall try it right now!

    • Hi Roopa,

      If you so need, you can even check other recipes of flax seeds like the flax seeds laddoos with peanuts and ladoo with Bengalgram dal too.

  4. I am very surprised when somebody writes where to find alsi(flax)
    Its all in pansar stores i dont know what to say pansar in hindi but the shop where you can find all the jari booties……etc.

  5. hi…does flax seed help in reducing weight also?if yes tell me how it should be taken.otherwise also should it be taken empty stomach or any time of the day?

  6. Hi it helps weight loss . Take a tablespoon of flaxseed/linseed powder it and mix it with curds and drink after lunch .cut down on the quantity of food u eat. Remember to drink lot of water

  7. can i have a recipee using flax seed for breakfast?

    or just eat it raw or maybe use with oats as i have oat for breakfast just boil oats with water and milk with little sweetner

    Thanks Richie

  8. Hi Aunty,

    This is Govind here from Hyderabad. I tried this chutney powder and it is very nice and tasty. I tried it with steamed rice and chapati. It was really good. My wife is working in an MNC over here and I am doing some homely computer projects. So I use to cook in the afternoon times always. I am very much interested in cooking and also I am a foodie. Even my wife is also foodie. We both are enjoying the special foods in Saturdays and Sundays always. We are pure vegetarians.

    Can you please guide me where we get flax seeds in hyderabad, if you have idea?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Govind.
    Hyderabad

  9. Hello Aunty, your recipe looks awesome….I wanna try it but I have 10 lbs of flax seeds powder, Can I replace it with whole flax seeds to use for this recipe??

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