Apr 12, 2014

Healthy Flaxseed Milaghai Podi/ Flaxseed Gun powder

Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. Flax seeds are also called as Linseeds, Ali Vidai(ஆளிவிதை) in Tamil .Flaxseed has long been valued for its health benefits.

Flax Seed

Health Benefits are:
  • Helpful in reducing hot flashes, preventing breast cancer in women, and prostate cancer in men.
  • Flaxseeds are helpful in reducing cardiovascular diseases, by reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol, and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Another important use of flax seed is that it helps in proper functioning of kidneys, lowers Blood Sugar and Blood pressure, and helps to reduce weight and also
  • Flax seed builds immunity to keep good health.
  • Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
I have already posted idly milaghai podi in my blog. This one is with flax seed, peanuts and coconut. This powder is a good combo for idli, dosa and adai.


Chenna Dhal   (Bengal gram dhal)    ½ cup
Urdh  dhal(Black gram dhal)             ½ cup
Flaxseed                                         ½ cup
Peanuts                                            2 Tbsp.
White Sesame seeds                         2 Tbsp.
Desiccated coconut                            ¼ cup
 Byadagi Red chilies                            15 no. (According to your spice level)
Asafetida powder                                 1 Tsp.
Oil                                                       1 Tsp.
Salt                                                   to taste

  •  Heat a pan and dry roast the flaxseed   till the seeds splutter.  Keep aside.
  • The same pan, dry roast the coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds keep aside.
  • Heat a little oil and fry the red chilies. Keep aside.
  • Fry the other ingredients until reddish color.     
  • Cool the roasted ingredients with salt and grind coarsely in a mixer.
  • Store it in airtight container.
  • Enjoy with hot idlis , dosas and Adai

  • You can add curry leaves(dry fry )to this recipe.
  • You can use this powder to stuffed Brinjals and make Brinjals podi fry.


  1. Coconut powder will spoil the taste after a few days. Maybe Karnataka style but not the classic Tamil 'gun powder'.

    1. Because of Dry roasting the coconut powder , it will not spoil the taste. You can store this powder upto 3 months. I

  2. Can v use kopparai to replace coconut

    1. Kopparai , it will spoil the taste after few days. Use only coconut powder or fresh coconut.
      Thanks for the comment

  3. I have flax seed powder,will that work?

  4. HI Asha
    You can use flax seed powder. just dry fry the powder then follow the recipe steps.
    Thanks for the comment

  5. Kollu(horse gram) can also be dry roasted and ground along with this.

  6. Hi
    Yeah You can add dry roasted horse gram and ground along with this. Thanks for the good tip.


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