Monday, July 5, 2010

Cantaloupe Melon Seeds & Quinoa Spice Powder

Are you the person who trash out the melon seeds while cutting ur melons for having as desserts or in salads?? after looking at this spicy powder am damn sure that u wont throw them anymore..Yeah this spice powder is prepared with melon seeds and quinoa along with our usual spices and dals...Simple spice powder which tastes fantastic along with hot steaming rice topped with ghee or along with crispy dosas or hot steaming idlies..Initially i wanted to make out this spice powder with just melon seeds and spices but finally while dry roasting the melon seeds,spices and dals i added quarter cup of red quinoa to make this spice powder more healthier, so guys dont ever trash this tiny melon seeds anymore and u can prepare them as many different spice powder using them, wat all u need is to wash them thoroughly and let them sit for few minutes,finally spread them in a newspaper until they get well dried, conserve them in an air tightened bottle and use them as per ur need..

Melon seeds & Quinoa Idly Podi

1/2cup Cantaloupe melon seeds
1/4cup Quinoa
1cup Roasted channa dal (pottukadalai)
1/2cup Channa dal
1/4cup Urad dal
5nos Red chillies
1/4cup Coriander seeds
10nos Peppercorns
1/2tsp Asafoetida powder
Salt

Dry roast the roasted channa dal, channadal, urad dal, red chillies, coriander seeds, peppercorns one by one,keep them aside..now add the melon seeds, quinoa and asafoetida powder,dry roast until they turn slightly brown..Take all the dry roasted ingredients in a mixie, add enough salt and ground them as bit coarse powder..

Conserve them in an air tightened bottle and enjoy with rice or with anything as u desire..

33 comments:

Suhaina said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Priya! this is quite interesting.. never thought about something like this. well made.

Sushma Mallya said... Reply To This Comment

Nice & flavourful powder..lovely pic too priya

Niloufer Riyaz said... Reply To This Comment

innovative spice powder Priya!! never imagined to use melon seeds in spice powder. kudos!!!

Krishnaveni said... Reply To This Comment

wow...healthy spice powder...looks great

Jenny said... Reply To This Comment

well made! this is so interesting. never thought about it!!

jen @ www.passion4food.ca

Vidhya said... Reply To This Comment

very innovative...aromatic powder...nice to eat with rice and curd.

Aruna Manikandan said... Reply To This Comment

nice innovative idea dear!!!
looks gr8:-)

Hari Chandana said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting.. Nice click

Jay said... Reply To This Comment

irresistable and droolworthy dish...!

Umm Mymoonah said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! Priya, that's very very... innovative.

An Open Book said... Reply To This Comment

wow thts a brilliant idea

Dershana said... Reply To This Comment

wow! nice way to use cantaloupe seeds!

Angie's Recipes said... Reply To This Comment

Didn't know cantaloupe seeds could be applied this way....very interesting.

Rach said... Reply To This Comment

Nice entry, must say!

shanthi said... Reply To This Comment

Never thought of this, interesting

Nandini said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! That's a new, lovely and spicy powder to use in cooking!

G.Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

oh.. its new n healthy pwd

Shama Nagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

it's different dear...will try this for sure

Mrs.Menagasathia said... Reply To This Comment

very innovative recipe & healthy podi !!

jais said... Reply To This Comment

intesresting, nice idea dear

Malar Gandhi said... Reply To This Comment

You always amaze me with unique and interesting recipes. great one.

Uma said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, i keep wondering where you get such ideas..
good one again!

Swathi said... Reply To This Comment

I love the idea of using melon seeds and quinoa in spice powders. It is healthy one.

Viki's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Very new idea to make use of this seeds Priya. Lot of healthy because of that fiber content. I will definitely try.

sweetartichoke said... Reply To This Comment

What a brilliant idea to use the melon seeds! It looks both tasty and healthy :-)
Would you have a trick to wash the seeds? Whenever I try to do so (to prepare roasted & salted seeds, there is always some melon particle sticking to the seeds that don't go away.
Thanks!

Curry Leaf said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting powder.Very innovative of you Priya

Mary said... Reply To This Comment

I'm amazed. I've never heard of this before. This was a really interesting post. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Suja Sugathan said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting..very very innovative,superb idea dear.

Priya said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks friends..

@Sweetartichoke, use a strainer to wash out the melon seeds and spread them over a newspaper to dry, thats the way the melon particles stay away from the seeds..hope this helps..;

Premalatha Aravindhan said... Reply To This Comment

Very interesting recipe,thanks for posting...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Priya, I could have expected this wonderful spice powder only from you :)

GourmayMasala said... Reply To This Comment

Wow I really love this idea :) This spice mixture pretty much can be used in anything. I have never cooked quinoa this way. Does it pop when you dry roast it?

Shobha said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, what is the Indian name for quinoa.
adding this to the spice powders is a good idea.