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:

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

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  2. Nice & flavourful powder..lovely pic too priya

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

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

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

    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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

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

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  8. irresistable and droolworthy dish...!

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

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  10. wow! nice way to use cantaloupe seeds!

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

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  12. Never thought of this, interesting

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

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

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  15. very innovative recipe & healthy podi !!

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  16. intesresting, nice idea dear

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

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

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

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

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  21. 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!

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  22. Interesting powder.Very innovative of you Priya

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  23. 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

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  24. Interesting..very very innovative,superb idea dear.

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  25. 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..;

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  26. Very interesting recipe,thanks for posting...

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

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  28. 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?

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

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