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Chia Seeds Chutney

Chia Seeds Chutney’, a simple but delicious recipe with the goodness of Organic Raw Chia Seeds that are rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber.

How to Make Chia Seeds Chutney?

The amazing flavours of hing, urad dal and curry leaves along with Chia Seeds make this recipe appetizing. The texture of this chutney is slightly glutinous when grounded with water. To avoid the stickiness, add a few tbsp of grated coconut while grinding. It can be served with plain hot rice or as an accompaniment to idly or dosa or upma varieties.

Ingredients

  1. LYVA’s Raw Chia Seeds – 1/4 cup
  2. Urad dal- 2 tbsp
  3. Red Chillies – 1 or 2, deseeded and broken into pieces
  4. Curry Leaves -1/4 cup, torn into pieces
  5. Hing – 1/4 tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil – 1 tsp (preferably coconut oil)

Method

  1. In a kadai, add 1 tsp of coconut oil and roast urad dal, red chillies, hing and curry leaves till the dal turns golden in colour.
  2. Transfer to a plate and let them cool.
  3. Grind the roasted ingredients along with raw chia seeds and salt into a fine paste adding very little amount of water.
  4. Serve it with hot plain rice or idly or dosa or upma varieties.
  5. It stays fresh for about a week when refrigerated.

Notes

  1. This chutney tastes awesome when mixed with hot plain rice and a tsp of desi ghee / til oil. Roasted papad and any tangy sambar are the best accompaniment to this rice.
  2. To Prepare dry Chia Seeds Chutney, you can grind it without water. It stays fresh for several more days at room temperature than the usual version.

P.S – Product Review of Lyva’s Raw Chia Seeds for www.goindiaorganic.com

My feedback for Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds

1. Lyva’s Organic Raw Chia Seeds, a plant-based superfood is rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber. This naturally gluten-free chia seeds has antioxidant properties also.

2. Colour and Texture: Lyva’s Chia Seeds are tiny in size, similar to basil seeds. When soaked in wet ingredients, it swells up and has a gel-like texture. It looks black and white in colour.

3. Taste and flavour: Chia seeds are well-known for their versatility that makes us to incorporate them in our daily food easily. It tastes dry, crunchy and nutty just like poppy or sesame seeds. When soaked in liquid, it tastes soft and sweet. It has a subtle nutty flavour that makes the dish more interesting.

4. Packaging and Shelf Life: These high-quality Chia seeds are pesticides-free and dirt-free. They are neatly packed in a zip lock pack that retains the freshness of the product intact. The nutrition information and suggestions for use mentioned on the pack helps the users to know its benefits well. As per the expiry date mentioned on the pack, it has a shelf life of 2 years. So, the product can be refrigerated and used as and when required.

5. Health benefits: It is highly recommended to include Chia seeds in our daily food as it helps to boost energy, reduce weight, reduce inflammation and high cholesterol etc.

6. Culinary Uses: Lyva Organic Raw Chia Seeds can be used in raw or soaked or grounded form in the dishes. They can be included in salads, soups, smoothies, juices, curries, chutneys, cakes or desserts and more.

7. Daily consumption of about a tablespoon of Lyva Organic Raw Chia Seeds in our food helps us to lead a healthy life.

Happy Cooking!

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Chia Seeds Idly powder | Milagai Podi

Idly powder/ Milagai Podi is a quintessential condiment in every South Indian household. It is made in bulk quantity and relished on a daily basis.

The usual version of idly powder has black urad dal, chana dal, sesame seeds, red chillies, hing and curry leaves. But here, in order to incorporate a superfood in my daily menu, I have used Organic Raw Chia Seeds in place of sesame seeds. Chia Seeds are rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber and enhances the nutrient content of the dish greatly. The Milagai Podi can be prepared in bulk and stored in air-tight box for good about 2-3 months. Commonly, idly powder is mixed with sesame / til oil and consumed in the form of a paste as an accompaniment to tiffin varieties. Another interesting way is to smear the podi paste on idly or dosa. This is an ideal option for tiffin box or for packed travel food as the podi and oil coated tiffin stays fresh for a long time.

Ingredients

  • Black urad dal – 1 cup, splitted
  • Chana dal – ½ cup
  • Raw chia seeds – ¼ cup
  • Dry red chilies – 25 to 30 nos
  • Asafoetida / Hing- 2 to 3 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 2 to 6 twigs, torn into pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar – ½ tsp (optional)
  • cooking oil – 1 to 2 tsp (Preferably sesame oil)

Method

  • Roast black urad dal, chana dal, dry red chilies and curry leaves one by one with little amount of oil till they are crisp and golden in colour.
  • Chia seeds can be grounded raw (Grounded form of raw chia seeds helps in the optimal absorption of nutrients in our body).
  • Bring the roasted ingredients to room temperature.
  • Grind it into a coarse powder along with chia seeds, asafoetida, sugar and salt.
  • Transfer it to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Store it in an air-tight container to keep the flavours intact.
  • Relish this podi with idly, dosa and upma varieties.

Notes

  • Few interesting ways of using this podi…
  • For preparing podi idly, make a paste of Chia seeds Idly powder with oil/ghee and smear it on both the sides of idly. Serve hot with curd.
  • For onion podi dosa, sprinkle a tsp of Chia seeds Idly powder and chopped onion over the dosa on one side. Flip and toast both the sides till golden.
  • To have it along with plain idly, dosa or upma, just mix the required amount of Chia seeds Idly powder with sesame oil/desi ghee and relish.

For more recipes with Chia Seeds, plz checkout Almond Chia Seeds Laddu, Cold Cucumber Mint Soup with Chia Seeds.

Happy Cooking!

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Cold Cucumber Mint Soup with Chia Seeds

Soups are always nutritious and instantly rejuvenates us… A delicately flavoured soup enriches our body and our soul altogether…

This is a quick and frequently made soup at my home in summers. Loaded with the goodness of Cucumber, Chia Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar and rice stock, it’s a wholesome meal by itself!

The recipe calls for:

Cucumber that acts as a cooling agent in warm summer days…

Mint to elevate the flavour and a refreshing taste,

Potato and Onion to thicken the soup (Onions, again enhances the flavour)

Rice Stock that acts as the base of the soup and as a natural body coolant.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar that instantly peps up the flavour of the soup distinctively.  

Chia Seeds a superfood (that are rich Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber) to make it a nutrients-rich recipe.

This delicious soup can be relished at any time of the day be it in mid-morning or afternoon…it’s a great pick to serve in parties as it can be made in advance and chilled in fridge.

Cold Cucumber Mint Soup with Chia Seeds

A simple, nourishing soup that is so refreshing to beat the summer heat…Loaded with the goodness of Cucumber, Chia Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar and rice stock, it’s a wholesome meal by itself!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
For Preparing Rice Stock30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Fusion, Indian
Keyword: Chia Seeds, Cold Cucumber Mint Soup, Cold Soup, Healthy, Summer Cooler
Servings: 6 people
Author: Delicious Galore

Equipment

  • Deep-bottomed Vessel / Pressure Cooker
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cucumber peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium sized Onion finely chopped
  • 1 small sized Potato peeled and boiled
  • 10-12 Fresh Mint Leaves torn into pieces
  • 2 tsp Chia Seeds
  • ½ tsp Apple Cider Vinegar or as per your taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • 3 cups Rice stock

Instructions

  • Soak raw chia seeds in enough water for 3-4 hours.
  • To prepare rice stock – In a deep bottomed vessel, boil 1 cup of rice in 9-10 cups of water in slow flame (you can opt for pressure cooking also). Let it cool and strain the stock. Keep it refrigerated till use.
  • Saute onion in 2 tsp of butter till it turns golden in colour. Add cucumber, mint leaves and saute for a minute till a nice minty flavour emits.
  • Blend the veggies along with boiled potato into a coarse paste. Transfer it to a large vessel. Add chilled rice stock, soaked chia seeds, ACV, salt and pepper.
  • Mix well till everything gets incorporated well and the soup looks smooth and lump-free.
  • Adjust the seasonings and also the quantity of rice stock to get the soup consistency as per your choice.
  • Keep the soup refrigerated until use and serve cold.

For more recipes with Chia Seeds, plz checkout Almond Chia Seeds Laddu, Chia Seeds Idly Powder.

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Mixed Fruit Salad with Chia Seeds

This scrumptious mixed fruit salad is adapted from a renowned South Indian dessert, ‘Panchamirtham’, that is prepared as a bhog/prasadam during festivals and pujas in temples and households in Tamil Nadu.

The authentic version of panchamirtham recipe has milk / curd, ghee, honey, edible camphor, elaichi powder and rock sugar. Here, I wanted to keep the salad simple but bursting with natural flavours of the fresh fruits and chia seeds. So, I have made few changes in the recipe… instead of milk/curd I have used lemon juice…skipped edible camphor, rock sugar and honey and have included jaggery and chia seeds.

The recipe calls for fresh fruits like apple, banana, pears, plums, dates and pomegranate. If any of these fruits are not in season, you can substitute that fruit with another, from the same family and with similar taste.

A small portion of jaggery in the recipe helps to subtly sweeten the dessert. Also, it enhances the nutritious value of the dish as jaggery is rich in iron and aids in digestion.

The highlight in this recipe is, I have included organic raw chia seeds that are rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber to make it more nourishing. Also, it gives slight crunchiness to the salad. This delicious recipe can be relished as a dessert or a salad.

Ingredients

  • Banana – 1, medium sized, ripe
  • Apple – ½ cup, cored and cubed
  • Pears – ¼ cup, cored and cubed
  • Plums – 4 or 5, deseeded and cubed
  • Dates – 5 or 6, deseeded and chopped
  • Pomegranate seeds – ¼ cup
  • Jaggery – 1 tbsp, grated
  • Raw Chia Seeds – 2 tsp
  • Cardamom / Elaichi powder – a pinch
  • Lemon juice – few drops

Method

  • Prepare the fruits. Wash, peel, core or deseed and cube them as required.
  • Toss chopped banana, pears and apple with few drops of lemon juice to prevent them from discolouring.
  • In a large bowl, add grated jaggery and mash it slightly. Add the fruits, elaichi powder, half of the chia seeds and mix well till jaggery gets coated well on the fruits.
  • Sprinkle the remaining raw chia seeds over the fruit salad and serve immediately.

For more salad recipes, plz click Black Chick Peas and Corn Salad with ACV Dressing, Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal, Gado Gado.

Happy Cooking!