Recipe: Flaxseeds roasted and ground with garlic, chili and salt !
Flax also know as common flax or linseed is known as agashi in Kannada or javas/alsi in Marathi. North Karnataka is famous for its different varieties of dry chutneys and this is one of them. With its warm and nutty flavor the flax seeds/javas/agashi/alasi is dry roasted, combined with garlic, red chili powder and ground to a fine powder. Back then we didn’t know that this has so much of health benefits which you can find below. This is a simple North Karnataka style of making the chutney and one can use additional ingredients like peanuts, roasted chana/split peas and dry coconut, but if one is just interested in flax seeds than, this is just it! And tastes very much like karle/gural/nyger seeds chutney.
One of the most healthy and beneficial, Flax seeds are excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. Flax seed oil is considered to be the vegetarian/ vegan substitute or alternative for fish oil omega 3 supplements(EPA and DHA). Some of the heath benefits of the flax seeds are mentioned below [source:WHfoods]
- Rich in fiber
- Protects bone health
- Protection against heart disease, cancer and diabetes
- Comparable cholesterol lowering benefits to statin drugs
- Lowers blood pressure in persons with high cholesterol
- Fends off dry eyes
- Reduces hot flashes almost 60% in women
1 cup of flax seeds(200 g)/agashi/alsi/javas
1 tsp chili powder
4 –5 big cloves of garlic
salt to taste
1. Dry roast the flax seeds till they turn dark brown. (These are light brown in color and gives a nice aroma while roasting!)
2. Cool them and then combine with chili powder, salt and garlic
3. Grind to a fine powder and store in a air tight container.
4. This remains good for month without refrigeration and serve it as needed (mentioned above)
Preparation Time: 15 – 20 mins
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