Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Flax Seeds Rasam

Flax seeds Rasam is a gravy dish and we can have this rasam with rice or idli. Flax seeds Rasam can be served as soup at parties and gettogethers. It taste like our Huruli (horse gram) saaru.

Flax seeds are called Agase in Kannada, Alsi in Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi, Ali Vidai in Tamil and  Jawas or Alashi in Marathi, Tishi or Pesi in Bengali. It is called Cheruchanavith or Cheruchana Vithu in Malayalam and Avise Ginazalu in Telugu.

Flax seeds are extremely good for one's health. They are prime source of omega - 3 fatty acids. Flax seeds or alsi are eaten during the winter months by many, as they generate heat in the body. They are high in antioxidants. They contain dietary fibre, fibre prevents constipation. Flax seeds helps to Keep diabetes, high blood pressure away. They maintain normal blood sugar levels. Flax seeds help to lower the bad cholesterol levels.

Here is a recipe of FLAX SEEDS RASAM, we can have this rasam as soup, or eaten with rice and it can be served as welcome drink during the winter season.

Things Needed:

Flax Seeds : 1 1/2 to 2 Table spoons
Tamarind : Gooseberry size tamarind
Tomatoes : 2 Medium (optional)
Rasam Powder : 3 to 4 Tea spoons (MTR OR MAIYAS)
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Ingh : a pinch
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander leaves : 3 to 4 Teaspoons
Salt : to taste
Coconut : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1  Wash and roast flax seeds with curry leaves and ingh. Wash and cut tomatoes and keep it aside.

2. Grate coconut and soak tamarind in warm water and squeeze out the pulp after 10 minutes.

3. Now grind roasted flax seeds and coconut with little water till paste.

4. Put Tamarind pulp and cut tomatoes in a big pan. Add ground paste salt.

5. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and 2 to 3 glasses of water mix well and boil nicely.

6. Keep a small pan and put oil. Heat and add mustard seeds.
7. Add curry leaves and ingh when the mustard starts to spurt.
8. Put this mixture to the boiling Rasam.

9. Shift Hot Flax seeds Rasam (Saaru) to a serving bowl. Add a spoon of fresh Ghee.
10. Add coriander leaves and serve with Hot rice or Idli.


You must roast flax seeds nicely or Rasam may not taste good. Adding coconut helps to get the good texture and taste. Adding a cut green chilly is adds to the aroma and spicy. Adding ghee is optional. You can add fresh coconut oil (edible) to get Udupi style Rasam. You can use home made rasam powder. I have used MTR Rasam powder
Time : 15 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 4


  1. Good twist to regular rasam,looks tempting ad healthy as well

  2. tumba healthy.. loved the post..

  3. Never tried with flax seeds ........ Will try soon!! Looks so yummy ...

  4. Nalini, Nimma image nodi Bahala Khushi aaytu. I was very surprised when I scrolled down and saw your image. This blog is very nice and useful to know many healthy recipes. Thank you very very much for sharing your healthy recipes to the world.

    1. Thank You Sudha Bhat..for the super encouraging words..

    2. I tried this recipe. It is very tasty and very fast to prepare too.

  5. very tempting, healthy and comforting rasam, have bookmarked to try this...

  6. Nalini madam, sorry for this doubt... Step one says wash and roast flax seeds with curry leaves. After washing should the flax seeds be dried? Also should we add oil for roasting or should it be dry roasted?

  7. Hello Thinking Aloud..washing flax seed is to take away the dust...you can fry them immediately. You can roast them straight away. The water evaporates while roasting. Adding oil while roasting is an optional. Adding oil adds to the taste but you can avoid adding oil if you are on a healthy option...Do not soak flax seeds in water. If you buy flax seeds grown in an organic way..just use as they are...


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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