flax seeds podi recipe

Flaxseed podi (Flaxseeds chutney powder)

By Swasthi on August 31, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Flaxseeds podi also known as flaxseeds chutney powder is an Indian condiment made with flaxseeds, spices, nuts and roasted gram. Flaxseeds are considered to be one of the top health foods in the market today. These are called as avisa ginjalu in Telugu, Agase in Kannada , Jawas in Marathi, and Alsi in Hindi. These seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, alpha-linolenic acid and lignans.

flax seeds podi recipe, spice powder

They are said to protect human body from cancer and heart disease, reduce cholesterol and helps to manage type 2 diabetes and also assist in weight loss. To get the optimum health benefits from flaxseeds they must be ground or powdered and then used.

For many years I was so curious & excited to include this super food in our diet & this flaxseed podi just happened on a random day and we absolutely loved the idea. You won’t even know there is flaxseed in it. So if you have a fussy family, this is the best way to get them eat some flaxseeds happily.

There are many ways to include flaxseeds in our diet. Here are some of the ideas you may like which are tried and tested by me. Here goes my personal opinion.

Flaxseeds are best to be used in dry preparations as they tend to turn sticky when added to any kind of foods with moisture. But there are a lot of people who use them for smoothies & bakes which didn’t go well for our taste buds.

cleaned flax seeds to make chutney powder

How to use flaxseeds in your diet

1. Add the powdered flaxseeds to chapathi flour or mutli grain flour to make multi grain roti. You can also add to any of your paratha variety.

2. Make a spice powder like this vepudu karam. Just sprinkle over your every day stir fry curries or sabzi.

3. Add it to your chaas, Indian buttermilk or lassi, a common and easy way consumed in many households.

4. This chutney podi is the most loved way of consuming flaxseed at my home, we eat it in our breakfast meal as a side. It goes well idli, upma, khichdi, dalia, vermicelli, poha etc. Actually you can also eat it as is, on its own without anything.

To make this flaxseeds chutney powder, I use peanuts, roasted gram (roasted chana dal), red chilies, cumin and garlic. Many do not like the sticky taste and feel of the flax seeds, but they can hardly be felt in this podi, since peanuts dominate the taste of flaxseeds. This can be served even to kids, along with idli, dosa or upma.

If you do not prepare Indian breakfasts, then you can serve this with rice and few drops of ghee or just sprinkle over your vegetable stir fry dishes.

Please use our friend google search to find the daily recommended intake of flaxseeds. Too much of flaxseeds is again not good.

How to make flax seeds chutney podi

1. Dry roast flaxseeds lightly for 4 to 5 mins on a medium flame. Set aside to a plate to cool. I had these roasted a day before I made the podi, so don’t have a picture.

2. In the same pan, dry roast peanuts on a medium flame till golden & aromatic. Take care not to burn them. If you do not want to use peanuts, you can simply substitute the same amount of fried gram (roasted gram).

3. Off the stove, to the hot pan, add fried gram (roasted gram), cumin and garlic, mix for them to heat up. Set aside to cool. Transfer everything to a wide plate to cool.

4. Add oil to the same pan. On a low flame, fry broken red chilies till crispy. You can also dry roast them if you prefer no oil podi. I used a bit of oil, so the pungent and hot chilli flavor doesn’t spread in my kitchen.

steps on making flax seeds chutney powder

5. Once cool, add red chilies to a blender jar and powder it.

6. Add peanuts, cumin, garlic, roasted gram and then the flax seeds along with salt

7. Powder them. Do not blend till the podi turns hot, it will begin to ooze out oil and turns lumpy. If your mixer is not very powerful, then powder the flax seeds first to fine powder and then add the peanuts and the rest of the ingredients. Ensure the flaxseeds are finely ground and keep the peanuts slightly coarse if you prefer.

Store flaxseeds podi in an air tight glass jar and refrigerate. Flaxseeds powder keeps best if refrigerated.

If you are looking for more Indian spice powders, check
peanut podi
spice powder for vegetable stir fry 
Rasam powder
biryani masala powder
punjabi garam masala powder
simple garam masala powder
pav bhaji masala powder

Recipe card

flax seeds podi recipe

Flaxseed podi

Spice powder made with flaxseeds and peanuts to accompany South Indian breakfast or can be sprinkled over vegetable stir fry dishes
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup peanuts (or substitute with fried gram, roasted gram)
  • ¼ cup roasted gram (fried gram, roasted chana dal)
  • ½ cup flaxseeds (avisa ginjalu, alsi)
  • 6 to 10 red chilies broken (adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 4 to 5 pods garlic (adjust to taste)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil as needed


How to make flaxseeds podi

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan and dry roast flax seeds lightly for about 4 to 5 mins on a medium flame. You can also skip this step. Transfer these to a plate to cool.
  • To the same pan, add peanuts, roast till you get a nice aroma & golden. Switch off the stove.
  • Next to the same hot pan, add roasted gram, garlic, and cumin. Toss till all of these heat up well. Keep these aside to cool.
  • Add 1 tbsp. oil to the same pan. Fry broken red chilies till crispy without burning. Keep stirring often to fry them evenly.
  • Next add cooled red chilies to a blender jar and make a fine powder.
  • Add garlic, roasted gram, cumin, peanuts and flax seeds along with salt.
  • Blend to a powder. Alternately, flax seeds can be powdered first along with red chilies and then the rest of the ingredients can be ground with them.
  • Store flaxseeds podi in a airtight glass jar. Keeps good for about a month.


You can also skip peanuts completely and reduce the chilies and garlic. 

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Flaxseed podi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Hello Mam,
Awesome recipes, have tried a couple of dishes, can you put the measurements in grams as well, it would be an added ease.

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can we take 1 Cup flax seeds and I Cup Groundnut, is this combination okay

Thank you for this yummy recipe. I’ve a doubt. Can we add only the flaxseeds powder in thalimpu for every curry? Thanks.

Hi Swasthi gaaru,
I am huge fan of your blog.
I love all of your recipes and I tried most of them. They came out really well…
Thank you,

Madam, Instead of peanuts what can be added?

Brilliant recipe.. Tried it and came out beautifully

Hi Swasthi gaaru,
I am huge fan of your blog.
I love all of your recipes and I tried most of them. They came out really well…
Thank you,

5 stars

Some one gave me a big bottle of flax seed powder. Usually we roast the seeds and then grind them into powder. Can I roast the powder the same way with a little oil and then make podi?

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how long we can keep this flax seeds podi …..

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We make flax seed podi but will also use in the rotis next. Thanks for the tip

Flax seeds boiling is not a good option. It will turn totally sticky.

hi all Flax seed Gel can be used as hair conditioner u can search videos in youtube

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Hi Swasthi,
The flaxseeds you have shown are white in color the ones I bought are brown .Is it the same thing?
Looking forward to your reply

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hey hi,

i prepared this podi, it came out well, thanks for the recipe,one issue is i have added more salt by mistake,its too salty now,let me know what to do in order to reduce the salt. thankyou.

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4 stars
Thanks for the tasty flaxseed podi recipe.. i was in search of some recipe where i can add flaxseed make my husband eat it without asking what is it.. 🙂

i want to know where we get flax seeds ,?and i want to know whether we can boil the flax seeds and make sundal and eat it?

Flax seeds boiling is not a good option. It will turn totally sticky.

5 stars
Thnx for the tastier option of flax seeds.

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It is Marathi not Marati. That is the spelling throughout India. Please correct it. Thank you.

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