Alsi Seeds (Flax seeds) Dry Chutney Powder

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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.


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

    prathibha said:
    July 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    hi aunty,
    where can we get flaxseeds in bangalore?

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 31, 2011 at 7:50 am

      Hi Prathibha,

      I think it may be available in a shop where dry Amla powder, Mehendi powder is available. “Grandike angadi” in 8th cross Malleshwaram or any such shop or may be now-a-days in any food bazar as well.

      E Prem said:
      July 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      any grossery shop/supermarket

    jeet said:
    August 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    hi prathibha ,
    i can provide you flaxseed in banglore .if you are interested feel free to contact me

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Hi ,

      I get Flax seeds here in abundance!!!!!!!!!1

        E Prem said:
        July 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        Daily i am using it. It is best for cholosterol patients

    Divya Shankar said:
    September 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    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.

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Divya,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Do try out the recipe of ur choice and please send me da feed-back,

        Divya said:
        December 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        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 !!

        prathibalrao responded:
        December 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm

        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 .

        Divya said:
        December 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        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.

        prathibalrao responded:
        December 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

        Hi Divya,

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

        Divya said:
        December 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

        I should be thanking you Aunty that you are teaching me so many things .. I shared the recipe with my mom too .. she is not used to seeing Internet etc .. so I tell her many recipes I learn from your link on phone. Mention of this recipe in my blog – leading to your link again 🙂
        Please feel free to read –

    Roopa.G said:
    January 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

    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,

    Roopa.G said:
    January 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

    And Please address me where we will get this alsi seeds, near yelahanka,Majestic, Malleswaram,

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

      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)

      E Prem said:
      July 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      It will available any supermarket or grossery shop

    roopa said:
    January 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    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!

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      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.

    Waheed said:
    February 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I am from Pakistan Very interested….
    But i eat flax after workout for bodybuilding just grand it …. and eat with glass of water..

    Waheed said:
    February 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Take a little quantity if you don’t have any physical activity..
    Drink at least 4 liters even in winter if you are taking flax seeds …
    For healthy stomach.

    Waheed said:
    February 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    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.

    Ashok said:
    March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Dear waheed
    In hindi, we call it PANSARI. Now a days in metro culture it is grocery shop.

    anshoo said:
    May 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    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?

    Anju said:
    September 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

    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

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Anju,

      Thanx for this useful information.

        VIRENDER KUMAR said:
        December 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

        alsi hmesa m khane ke bad leta hu y khane me bahut achi h phele mera b.p bahut kam jyada hota rhta ha isko khane ke bad ab bilkul thik rhata hu

    rich said:
    November 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    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

    December 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Alsi ka resulte bahut acha h

    Vasantha said:
    May 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm


    Govind said:
    July 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    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,

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Govind,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back. Please do try out other recipes of your choice and send me the feed back and also.

      Raj said:
      February 23, 2014 at 5:17 am

      It’s available in Q-Mart–Banjara Hills

        prathibalrao responded:
        February 23, 2014 at 7:22 am

        Hi Raj,

        Alsi seeds/Flax seeds is good from the health point of view so people have rated well for it.

    Anjana said:
    August 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

    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??

    Paresh B said:
    June 25, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Awesome recipe, Ms Pratibha!
    I was making up a recipe for alsi chutney in my mind….but, nice to find one published and ready to try put!

    Thanks lot!

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Paresh B

      Do try out this flax seeds chutney powder. Also you can just check out the list of chutney powders on this blog for your reference if you need to for a change. Do pass the link of this blog among your friends community!!!!!

    sizzlingtastebuds said:
    December 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I think I mentioned here earlier but don’t see the comment .. Anyways thanks for a great recipe for chutney pudi .. We already made it twice in 40 days . I have made minor variations and will post my version soon on my blog .. Thanks pratibha !! , Kalyani

    prathibalrao responded:
    December 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hi Sizzlingtastebuds,

    I also do not remember to have seen your comment at all. I never delete any comment, no matter whether the comment is for the blog or against!!!!

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