Flax – one of the oldest crops being cultivated ever since we started speaking of civilization, a food that provides useful fats, antioxidants, and fibre. It has also been addressed as a functional food which means that we can have it to boost our health and immunity levels as well.
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People grew flax as a crop in ancient Egypt and China, in Asia it has had a role to play in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years now. Flax seeds are usually brownish in colour and are smooth and shiny to look at with a mucilaginous substance in their outer layer which makes them sticky when wet. Today flax seeds are available in the form of seeds, oil, powder, tablets, capsules, and flour. Besides having a mild nutty flavour, flax seeds are easy to adapt into our day-to-day recipes including sweet and savoury foods.
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Health Benefits of Flax Seeds:
- Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber but low in carbs.
- Flax seeds is a gluten free ingredient makes it versatile.
- Flax seeds promotes and assists in weight loss management.
- Flax seeds helps lower cholesterol in our system.
- Flax seeds are high in anti-oxidants.
- Flax seeds helps to lower high blood pressure problems.
- Flax seeds is good for the health of our skin as well.
- Flax seeds is also good for the hair health.
- Flax seeds promotes digestive health in our body.
Some Culinary Uses of Flax Seeds:
- Flax seeds are a good choice of seeds to keep handy at home with us by adding it to our health shakes, smoothies and energy drinks.
- Ground flax seeds can be blended into baked goodies like breads, muffins and cookies as well for a varied taste and healthy approach.
- Flax seeds in powdered form are easy to add into our daily chapati or roti dough as well. A teaspoon of flax seed powder in a cup full of wheat flour is good to start with.
- Flax seeds are also a good egg substitute in some recipes where we can use 1 tbsp. flax seed powder combined with 3 tbsp. water and use in place of 1 egg.
- Add flax seeds to granola or health bars and they also make a good and wise addition to a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
- Flax seeds roasted and added to salad bowls, chutneys, dressings, marination, stuffing it into chicken breasts etc. with spinach and herbs.
- Flax seeds also go well into milled form and add on into flours for bakery and confectionary. Spread peanut butter on a toast and sprinkle a few flax seeds on it for a combination to go with eggs for a breakfast.
- Flax seeds can also be added to dips like mayonnaise, hung curd, greek yogurt, hummus, muttabbal and other middle-eastern dips as well serve it with lavash.
- Pancakes and waffle batters for a live station can also have an add on of flax seeds and they turn out wonderfully well once served with choicest toppings and fruits.
Here are a few easy ways to adapt Flax Seeds into our recipes:
Recipe-1] FLAX SEED & ROASTED TOMATO CHUTNEY
Recipe-2] NUTTY DATE & FLAX SEED LADDOO
Recipe-3] FLAX SEED TOSSED LEMON RICE
Recipe-4] FLAX SEED TOSSED MIX BEAN SALAD
Recipe-5] SUBZI WALA FLAX SEED PARATHA
Recipe-6] MINTED FLAX SEED CUCUMBER RELISH
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.