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What is Flaxseeds/Alsi :

Do you recognise this grain?

 

Grown since the beginning of civilization, flax seeds are one of the oldest crops. Flaxseeds are brown in colour and come with a hard, crunchy covering. These nutty delights come packed with a bevy of health benefits.

Flaxseeds have been consumed for at least 6,000 years, making them one of the world’s first cultivated superfoods. These shiny, nutty seeds have an earthy aroma and a host of health benefiting properties.

I very well remember when as a child my mother used to give it to us to eat, I used to run away, I mean who eats Alsi, was the look.

Why it is called Superfood :

 

Flax seeds are emerging as a “super food” as more scientific research points to their health benefits. Flaxseeds have recently gained a lot of popularity as a vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids.

There’s a reason that flax seeds have made it to the mainstream market. These tiny, flattened, bronze-colored seeds are brimming with nutritional goodness, and are more versatile then you may realize.

Flaxseeds contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (although not the same type that fish, such as salmon, do) along with antioxidants. This reduces cholesterol, it’s fibreous,  & great energy source.

What ingridients to be used to make flaxseed pinnis/Ladoos :

 

This is a very short and quick recipe which needs basic ingridients. First and foremost Flaxseeds, Whole wheat flour, clarified butter/ghee, sugar/jaggery, some dry fruits, cardamom powder and Tragaca Gum Herb (Gond Katira).

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Serves: 12

Ingridients required :

Flax seeds/ Alsi – 1/2  cup

Wheat flour – 1 cup

Jaggery / Brown Sugar – 4 to 5 tbsp

Ghee – ¾ cup

Walnuts – 2 tbsp

Almonds – 2 tbsp

Cashews – 2 tbsp

Edible gum –  50 gms / 2 tbsp

Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Dessicated coconut  – 1/2 cup

Pistachio powder – 4 tbsp

Process to make Ladoos/Pinni :

Start with roasting the flax seeds. For this, heat a wok on flame and put the flax seeds to the hot wok. Keep stirring constantly and roast the seeds until they starts spluttering.

Later, transfer the roasted flax seeds on a plate. Once the seeds cool down completely, grind them into coarse powder in mixer grinder.

Now pour 1 tbsp of ghee in the hot wok. When the ghee melts, add wheat flour to it and roast the flour until it becomes light golden brown in colour. Stir constantly to prevent the flour from burning.

As the wheat flour turns fragrant and light brown in colour, transfer it on another plate.

Pour some more ghee in the wok. As the ghee become medium hot, fry some edible gum at a time in it on low flame by stirring frequently until they puffs up completely.

Once the edible gum puffs up nicely, transfer them on a separate plate.
After the edible gum cools down, crush them coarsely with a rolling pin or grind in mixer.

Now add roasted wheat flour, flax seeds powder, edible gum powder, almonds, cashews, walnuts powder back in the wok. Put on the flame again and mix Jaggery / Brown Sugar. Mix nicely.

Add cardamom powder and mix nuts powder and give a gentle stir. In the end add dessicated coconut and mix nicely and put off the flame.

Take this mixture out on plate to stop further cooking as the mixture would be very hot. Let it cool down a bit.

Apply some ghee on hand and bind the mixture into medium size pinni. Ensure that the mixture is warm while binding the pinni or else it will become difficult to bind the pinni after the mixture cools down completely.

Once all the pinnis are ready, roll them in powdered pistachios. Arrange them in a plate.

Put a pistachio piece on the top of all the pinnis while binding them and arrange them on a plate. Flax seeds pinni are ready.

Consume this nutritious and delicious flax seeds pinni one in a day and stay healthy.

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Alsi/Flaxseed ki pinni
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Recipe type: Sweets/Mithai
Cuisine: North Indian
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Serves: 12 pinnis
 
These tiny, flattened, bronze-colored flaxseeds are brimming with nutritional goodness, and are more versatile then you may realize. I have always added these in parathas or used in Making mukhwas. So this time for change made ladoos/pinnis out of it. And winter is the best so to consume it. This is a very short and quick recipe to make pinnis, which needs basic ingridients.
Ingredients
  • Flax seeds/ Alsi – ½  cup
  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Jaggery / Brown Sugar – 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Ghee – ¾ cup
  • Walnuts – 2 tbsp
  • Almonds – 2 tbsp
  • Cashews – 2 tbsp
  • Edible gum –  50 gms / 2 tbsp
  • Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp
  • Dessicated coconut  – ½ cup
  • Pistachio powder – 4 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Start with roasting the flax seeds.
  2. For this, heat a wok on flame and put the flax seeds to the hot wok. Keep stirring constantly and roast the seeds until they starts spluttering.
  3. Later, transfer the roasted flax seeds on a plate.
  4. Once the seeds cool down completely, grind them into coarse powder in mixer grinder.
  5. Now pour 1 tbsp of ghee in the hot wok.
  6. When the ghee melts, add wheat flour to it and roast the flour until it becomes light golden brown in colour.
  7. Stir constantly to prevent the flour from burning.
  8. As the wheat flour turns fragrant and light brown in colour, transfer it on another plate.
  9. Pour some more ghee in the wok.
  10. As the ghee become medium hot, fry some edible gum at a time in it on low flame by stirring frequently until they puffs up completely.
  11. Once the edible gum puffs up nicely, transfer them on a separate plate.
  12. After the edible gum cools down, crush them coarsely with a rolling pin or grind in mixer.
  13. Now add roasted wheat flour, flax seeds powder, edible gum powder, almonds, cashews, walnuts powder back in the wok.
  14. Put on the flame again and mix Jaggery / Brown Sugar. Mix nicely.
  15. Add cardamom powder and mix nuts powder and give a gentle stir. In the end add dessicated coconut and mix nicely and put off the flame.
  16. Take this mixture out on plate to stop further cooking as the mixture would be very hot. Let it cool down a bit.
  17. Apply some ghee on hand and bind the mixture into medium size pinni.
  18. Ensure that the mixture is warm while binding the pinni or else it will become difficult to bind the pinni after the mixture cools down completely.
  19. Once all the pinnis are ready, roll them in powdered pistachios. Arrange them in a plate.
  20. Put a pistachio piece on the top of all the pinnis while binding them and arrange them on a plate. Flax seeds pinni are ready.
  21. Consume this nutritious and delicious flax seeds pinni one in a day and stay healthy.

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