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Flaxseed Molagapodi | Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder | Flaxseed Idli Podi

Flaxseed Molagapodi | Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder

Molagapudi (aka Molagapodi) or gun powder is a quintessential part of Tamilnadu cuisine – especially for breakfast. The classic Molagapudi is a coarsely ground spice powder made with a mixture of lentils, spices while some use a single lentil only – so many households, so many variations to the condiment. Whereas, my personal favourite Moringa Molagapudi incorporates moringa leaves. 

Flaxseed Molagapodi or Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder is a spicy condiment made in South India. It is served with Idli, Dosa, uttapams or with steamed rice.Pin

Spice powders in South India (especially Andhra / Tamilnadu / Karnataka states) are of two types mainly :

one- which is used to mix with ghee or sesame oil and eaten with rice and / or South Indian Breakfasts (Idli / Dosa Or Uttapams) or even topping for vada pav like Maharashtrian Lasanachi Chutney

The second kind is used for cooking : Mom’s signature Sambhar powder, Mysore Rasam powder, Methyada hittu (fenugreek spice powder), vangibhath powder, Jayashree’s palyada podi for dry sautes etc) , Priya Srinivasan’s Kootu Podi .

This Flaxseed Molagapudi | Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder belongs to the 1st category – we can have this with both rice as well as with Idli / dosa, mixed with sesame oil or ghee.

Flaxseed Molagapodi or Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder is a spicy condiment made in South India. It is served with Idli, Dosa, uttapams or with steamed rice.Pin
Flaxseed Molagapodi or Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder is a spicy condiment made in South India. It is served with Idli, Dosa, uttapams or with steamed rice.

Other Spice powders to be mixed with rice / Idli-dosa include:

Navaratri Sundal Podi + how to make Karamani Sundal using Sundal Podi
Sundal Podi is a ubiquitous spice powder mix used to season Sundal (or legume Stir fry). It can also be used in vegetable stir fries as an aromatic seasoning.
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Sundal Podi is a ubiquitous spice powder mix used to season Sundal (or legume Stir fry). It can also be used in vegetable stir fries as an aromatic seasoning.

What is Flaxseed Molagapodi | Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder?

Today’s dish – Flaxseed Molagapudi or flaxseed gun powder is a mixed lentil spice powder that we have come to like especially over the past few years and I was pleasantly surprised to see it hadn’t been documented on the blog. So, here’s to amending that ASAP 🙂

Benefits of using Flax seeds in everyday cooking:

  1. 1 TBSP Flax seeds contains 7% of recommended Magnesium, 1,500 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids and 1.3 grams protein
  2. It is low in calories and high in omega 3 good fatty acids
  3. Contains Lignans, which is said to prevent cancer
  4. Rich in dietary fiber which helps in controlling Blood pressure and diabetes

How to make the best Quality Flaxseed Molagapodi ?

  1. Use the freshest ingredients – flaxseed has a very low shelf life, even if refrigerated. So buy the seeds just before making the podi and be sure to make only small batches of the podi for immediate use
  2. Follow the video fully to understand roasting time and quantity
  3. Rock salt is used to increase the shelf life – be sure to dry roast it too.
  4. If you want it more / less spicy, adjust the spicy chillies accordingly. You can use Pandi or Guntur variety chillies based on their ‘heat’ 
  5. Sun-dry all spices and ingredients if possible for a few hours before making ANY spice mix. If it’s not possible to sun-dry, atleast make sure they are 100% moisture free.

What other ways can you use Flaxseeds in cooking?

PS – Always, always keep the powder / seeds refrigerated and use quickly for it turns rancid very quickly

  • Top the toasted flaxseeds on smoothie bowls, Upma, Poha, salads, yoghurt for breakfast
  • Use flaxmeal ‘egg’ in baking as an excellent egg replacer
  • Add to milkshakes
  • Powder it and add to Chapati atta
  • Dry roast and add to to a seed mix along with toasted melon / chia / pumpkin seeds or simply have a Tsp or two for a snack break
  • Add to Chivda (I usually add it to my Makhana Chivda) for an added crunch and nutrition

Tell me in the comments below, what other ways do you use seeds in your kitchen ?

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Flaxseed Molagapodi or Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder is a spicy condiment made in South India. It is served with Idli, Dosa, uttapams or with steamed rice.Pin

Let’s get to making this Flaxseed Molagapodi | Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder

Prep time – 5 mins, Roasting + Grinding time – 20 mins , Makes – 250 grams

Spice level – Medium Spicy ; Cuisine – Indian ; Course : Condiment / Spice Powder

What you need to make 

  • 1/4 cup Split black gram (Urad dal)
  • 1/2 cup Bengal Gram (Channa dal)
  • 1/4 cup Flax seeds
  • 1/8 cup Black Sesame seeds
  • 1/8 cup White Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Oil (Sesame oil is preferred)
  • 8 Dry Red chillies (Spicy variety)
  • 6 Kashmiri Red chillies (whole)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (opt)
  • 1 TBSP Rock Salt
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida powder (simply skip for GF)

This month at Sshh Cooking Secret Challenge, we have Stick to Seeds as a theme suggested by Archana :a perfect theme hosted by Archana who is a pro at dishing out very healthy food, especially for geriatrics. Her Barley Bhel Puri is still (!!) on my to-do list : a dish that I am sure my family would love.. For this event, I was paired with Preeti Sridhar who gave me Flaxseed and Channa Dal as secret Ingredients to make this Flaxseed Molagapodi, while I have given her Sesame seed and walnuts. Head to her blog to check out this amazing Protein Energy Bites. I have also bookmarked her Methi Dana Launji (a sweet & bitter relish with fenugreek seeds) as it looks fantastic.

How to make Flaxseed Molagapodi | Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder

I have put together a small video for you to check it out. Click on the video embedded below to get the full recipe and instructions how to make this delicious recipe. If you are visiting our channel for the first time, please do take a minute to like and Subscribe for the next delicious recipe !! Thanks much 🙂

Flaxseed Molagapodi or Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder is a spicy condiment made in South India. It is served with Idli, Dosa, uttapams or with steamed rice.Pin

Flaxseed Molagapodi

Kalyani
Flaxseed Molagapodi or Flaxseed Spiced Lentil Powder is a spicy condiment made in South India. It is served with Idli, Dosa, uttapams or with steamed rice.  
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Condiment, Spice Powders
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 300 grams

Equipment

  • 1 Kadai (thick bottomed pan)
  • 1 Spice Grinder

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup split black gram Urad dal
  • 1/2 cup Bengal Gram Channa dal
  • 1/4 cup Flax seeds
  • 1/8 cup Black Sesame seeds
  • 1/8 cup White Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Oil Sesame oil is preferred
  • 8 Dry Red Chillies Spicy variety
  • 6 kashmiri red chillies whole
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves optional
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida powder hing (simply skip for GF)
  • 1 TBSP Rock Salt

Instructions
 

I have put together a small video for you to check it out. Click on the video embedded below to get the full recipe and instructions how to make this delicious recipe. If you are visiting our channel for the first time, please do take a minute to like and Subscribe for the next delicious recipe !! Thanks much 🙂

    Video

    Notes

    How to make the best Quality Flaxseed Molagapodi:
    1. Use the freshest ingredients – flaxseed has a very low shelf life, even if refrigerated. So buy the seeds just before making the podi and be sure to make only small batches of the podi for immediate use
    2. Follow the video fully to understand roasting time and quantity
    3. Rock salt is used to increase the shelf life – be sure to dry roast it too.
    4. If you want it more / less spicy, adjust the spicy chillies accoidingly. You can use Pandi or Guntur chillies based on their ‘heat’   
    5. Sun-dry all spices and ingredients if possible for a few hours before making ANY spice mix. If it’s not possible to sun-dry, atleast make sure they are 100% moisture free.  
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    24 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      Idli/dosa with molagapodi is heaven for me. Love this flaxseed podi and this is healthy too. Love the color of your molagapodi! YUM!

    2. 5 stars
      Kalyani love the colour of your flaxseed molagapodi. So important to use the right red chilli and to roast the ingredients well. This podi is my all time favourite.. I even have it with some of my Gujju snacks.

    3. 5 stars
      I love such podis comes in handy when you do not have chutney or sambar or also just as a side to your rice and dal. Also I like that it is made of flax seed so healthy.

    4. Poonam Bachhav

      5 stars
      Love the gorgeous color of your flaxseed molagapodi Kalyani. This podi serves as a flavorful and nutritious way to include healthy goodness of flaxseeds into your daily diet .

    5. I love dosa and idli with molagapodi and dash of sesame oil. The bright orange color of this flaxseed molagapodi looks amazing. I liked the way you incorporated both black and white sesame seeds.

    6. 5 stars
      I love podi with hot steamed rice and ghee. And also with idli. Your flaxseed podi sounds different and absolutely healthy recipe. Flaxseed has so many health benefits. Superb spare.

    7. Preeti Shridhar

      5 stars
      Kalyani, the podi has amazing color. I can have it with idli, dosa or hot rice. Loved the addition of flaxseeds here. Sounds yum.

    8. Vasusvegkitchen

      5 stars
      Lentil based flax seeds podi looks very tasty with lovely presentation. The way you served it with oil is my favorite.

    9. Sasmita Sahoo

      5 stars
      love the colour of the flaxseed molagapodi. Must be so flavorful with Idli, Dosa

    10. 5 stars
      Podi varieties are a staple at my place . Flax seed molagapudi is so flavourful and delish. Love the colour of this nutritious podi.

    11. Jayashree T.Rao

      5 stars
      Love this podi, it is such a handy one to have in thee kitchen shelves. I usually sprinkle it on idli and dosa.

    12. 5 stars
      Flaxseed molagapodi looks so inviting, tempting and colorful. Your picture makes me hungry Kalyani as I always reserve 1 or 2 idli to eat with podi.

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