Sunflower seeds are not only tasty but also very nutritious. Toasted seeds tastes great to have as a snack in between meals.
The seeds provides you with high level of linoleic acid, minerals and amino acids. The substances in such seed will decrease the level of cholesterol in your body if taken regularly. Also it is very rich in Vitamin E,the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant.

Here is an easy and delicious way to use the seeds in Powder/ Podi form to use in our daily diet. Can be served with our Indian dishes like Idli/Dosa and also mixed up with rice. Try this it out and you will love it.

Sun Flower Seeds - 1 cup
Urad Dhal - 1 cup
Channa Dhal/ Bengal Gram Dhal - 1/4 Cup
Curry Leaves - 1/4 Cup
Red Chillies - Around 10( as spice needed)
Asafoetida/ Hing - Few Pinches or a small piece of block
Garlic - Around 10( optional)
Salt as required
Oil - 1 tsp

In a kadai/frying pan toast sunflower seeds in medium flame until they are toasted and nice smell come out. Remove and fry urad dhal until nice brown. Remove and add Channa dhal, fry till nice brown. In the same pan add oil and fry garlic, remove and keep aside.(It is optional to use garlic, but adding gives a good taste and aroma though the shelf life will not be for more than a week, can store in a fridge). In the same remaining oil add curry leaves and red chillies, fry till they are crisp. Switch off flame and add asafoetida powder and mix well. If using asafoetida block then add before adding curry leaves and red chillies. Remove and cool everything.


Take all the ingredients in a dry mixer/blender and run to powder as fine as possible. In the end add salt and garlic if
adding and run in for few seconds. Store in a airtight container and serve with any of your favourite dishes.

Note in this recipe the whole sunflower seeds with hull has been used, you can use seeds without hull. In case you are using with hull then follow all the steps and in the end to remove the extra fibre or the ones that are not grounded or powdered properly, you can sieve it through a siever for better powder consistency.

22 comments/Reactions:

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

A real innovative and interesting recipe. Luv it

Archana said...

Padma this is a nice recipe, a keeper! Just one query do you use the black cover on the sunflower seed also or do you peel them?If you peel them how?

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very colorful looking sunflower seed flower. Excellent preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Saraswathi Iyer said...

New to me and looks colourful.

Anonymous said...

yummy healthy powder to have with hot rice and ghee.
indu srinivasan


Thanks for sharing wonderful healthy powder with us...

Mugdha said...

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Chitra said...

i have never used sunflower seeds in my cooking b4...but this is a gr8 way to start....full of flavors and healthy too...

Shri said...

Love munching on Sunflower seeds and sugar coated sunflower seeds..Looks very delicious!!

ZuperSource said...

Wonderful Recipe.
Sunflower seed - Wow Amazing!
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Satya said...

very delicious n flavorful podi..yummy
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Joy said...

this is really very new to me, i just eat sundried sunflower seeds :)

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Jayanthy Kumaran said...

this sounds amazing...very interesting recipe padma..:)
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Lifewithspices said...

absolutely yummy..

Padma said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. Please do try and let me know :)

Padma said...

Thanks Mugdha for visiting and leaving your comments. Will definitely visit your space soon.

Padma said...

@ Archana you can use seeds with the cover or without the cover. Here have used the seeds with cover and fried and powdered. Later sieved thru a siever/ strainer to remove the fibre and the ones that cannot be powdered. So you can try with anything, if you try with seeds without cover then the frying and powdering part work will be less :)

Unknown said...

That is such a great addition to our usual dal podis :)

Priya Suresh said...

Quite a new and healthy powder Padma, will definitely try this podi soon,thanks for sharing..

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