Ouch! I’ve just been re-diagnosed with high cholesterol, No, said the doctor, it doesn’t matter that you do yoga twice a day, nor that you’re vegetarian, nor that you walk 1 hour in the bitterly cold winter that’s toronto, nor that you think positive.. or hang out with positive people, this is genetic. you have to be on drugs. Luckily to combat all this sad news ( I simply can’t tolerate medication of any kind & crestor especially), I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of excellent healthy eating ideas from friends and family.. One such idea was to include flax seed in my diet. Given that I like spicy food, I thought. Why not take a Brahmin staple and convert it into a healthy modern alternative. Gunpowder is not actually its real name. My Delhi friends called it that coz’ it would just add that nice heat as a side to rice & lentil pancakes. Its served like a pesto, rubbed in with some oil & as a side to many many southern Indian dishes. I even have it on toast, that’s how much I love it!
Enough said, on to the recipe. My version calls for roasted small brown chickpeas, flax seeds, and dry whole cayenne pepper.
1 cup whole dry red cayenne pepper
1 cup flax seeds
¾ cup roasted brown small chickpeas
Salt to taste
• Dry roast flax seeds & then add the roasted small brown chickpeas. SOS small brown chickpeas are found in East Indian grocery stores already roasted & lightly salted so reduces your work. Let everything cool.
• Grind to a coarse powder in spice mill. You can grind finely if you like.. I prefer a bit of texture.
Sprinkle on top of stir fries, salads, cut fruit. I like it best mixed in with yoghurt as an afternoon snack at work. It has proteins and good chili to cleanse sinuses plus of course nourishing flax seeds.
Hope you enjoy my take on gunpowder. I packed my lunch — brown rice & lentil pancakes with a jar of gunpowder I plan to share with my coworkers.
— soul of spice —