Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dosaimilagaipodi with a Twist

Dosaipodi more commonly referred to by non South Indians as gunpowder for its fiery taste is a common item found in every South Indians kitchen pantry.Its a simple spicy powder which has a long shelf life and can be used with any kind of dosai, Idli or Adai. This is generally prepared with a mix of roasted lentils, dry red chillies and sesame seeds.
I kept reading a lot lately about the importance of omega -3's in our diets and its sources like flax seeds, walnuts etc and went ahead and brought a pack of the flax seeds to toast them and use them in cereals etc. But while toasting them I noticed that they popped the same way as the sesame seeds do and also that they have a same nutty taste to them I thought why not use them in place of sesame and reap their health benefits.

1 1/4 cups red chillies
1/2 cup black gram dal/urad dal
1/2 cup Bengal gram dal/chana dal
1/4 cup mixed sesame seeds and flax seeds.
(Mix the sesame seeds and flax seeds in such proportions that the 3/4 th of the 1/4 th cup is flax seeds and the rest is sesame seeds).
1 tsp asafoetida powder
2 tbsp jaggery powdered
marble-sized tamarind(optional)
2 tsp oil
salt to taste

Fry the red chillies in 2 tsp oil.
Roast dry the black gram dal, Bengal gram dal and asafoetida and keep aside.
Roast the sesame seeds and flax seeds till they start popping.
Mix all the ingredients and powder coarse and add salt as required.

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