Agashi hindi (Agashi – Flax seed)

Agashi chutney or agashi hindi is extremely tasty and flavorful. BTW, I have read reports that chewing on agashi seeds is really effective in curing some forms of cancer. It is also used to lower cholesterol because it is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.


Agashi (Flax seeds) – 150 grams, Garlic – three bulbs, salt, and chilli powder


  • Roast the cleaned flex seeds on a tawa/ frying pan till the shine on the seed disappears making the seeds brownish black.
  • Allow these to cool down.
  • Powder the roasted flex seeds in a grinder.
  • Add peeled garlic, chili powder and salt to taste.
  • Grind them well to get a nice powder.

Tips and Tricks:

  • MTR sells agashi chutney packets..something to stock up when you are in India/Bangalore.

Typically Served With:

I like the way my mami from Columbia – Parineeta Mami uses it. She toasts a bagel and then sprinkles agashi chutney on it! Try it – you’ll be amazed at this Indianized bagel!! This is normally eaten with rotti and chapatti with curds.


34 Responses

  1. Hi Harsha,
    Nice recipes. Coming from DWD, its nice to see NK recipes online. Just noticed something on Agashi chutney – its ‘Flax seed’. (I am a huge fan of that too :).


    Hi Rashmi,

    Thanks for the correction. I’ll go ahead and change it on the blog. BTW, did you know that we could roast flax seeds, grind those and mix a tablespoon with your morning cereal everyday? That lowers cholesterol!


    • I have come up with a very tasty version of agashi chutney Pudi . Here goes the recipe.

      – Take a cup of agashi seeds and roast them in a pan until it looses its shine. Cool it and keep aside.

      – Take two table spoons of chana dal , roast it and keep aside.

      – Take four red ( byadgi Mirchis which is less spicy) chilies and roast them in one teaspoon oil and keep aside.

      – Put all of above in mixer and grind them . Add a small ball of tamrind , salt as per taste and one inch piece of jaggery to this and grind it to fine consistency.

      Your chutney pudi is ready . You can try this with Dosa, idli or chapathi or just mix it wich hot steaming rice with a dash of cow ghee. It just tastes great !.



    Hi Jatinder,
    You should be able to get flax seeds in any grocery shop in India. Flaxseeds are known as ALSI in Hindi, Gujarati, and Punjabi, Ali Vidai in Tamil. In Marathi, it is also known as jawas, alashi, and linseed. In Bengali, it is known as Tishi, in Oriya its Pesi. In Kannada, its called Agasi, and telugu people call it Avise ginzalu. Finally, in Kerala, the Malyalis call it Cheruchana vithu. It does have cholesterol lowering effects and has been recommended to reduce effects of some cancer chemotherapy chemicals.

  3. Ref flax seed chutney -Nice to get informtion and recipe.thanks.
    I think you mean to grind garlic,chilly powder and flax seeds into paste (not powder) because i suppose garlic used has to be fresh.

  4. I also grind 100g grams of alsi seed (with or without roasting) and mix it with my atta.

  5. Is this Flax seed or Agashi same as Horse gram (tamil kollu, malayalam mudhira)?

    Hi Joy,
    Horse gram is a lentil. Flax seed looks like it but is smaller and flatter and shinier :).

  6. Namskara,

    Great to see the website with lots a North Knataka dishes.I am basically from Davangere but stayed in Hubli for 15 years, now settled in Blore.

    Flax seeds are damn good for health, basically a cholestrol reducing agent.

    Not many stores rather I haven’t seen a store selling Flax seeds in Blore. I usually get those from my villages. Any inputs on this will be greatly helpful.


  7. I learn about flaxseed from my sister un USA. But do not know where to get it in Holland where I live. Does anyone know what is the dutch name of Flaxseed and where can I buy them?

  8. Hi Harsha,

    I like the way you gave us recipe to make a chutney and use it . I will try it. Any other way I can use it for my kids? please advise.

    Thank you.

    Jayshree Ekbote

  9. hi harsha!

    came across ur site searching 4r agashi hindi. its true that it lowers cholostrol. i can def use that in my deit daily! heard we can also add putani to that!!

    neways grt recipes( i am basically frm belgaum studied in b,lore now settled in uae) keep up the good wrk

    and hosa varushada shubhashayagalu!!

    arathi ghatikar

  10. Is flax seed same as huchchellu ?

    • No. Flax seeds (agase beeja in kannada) and Huchellu are entirely different . they from different plants, though both are used to make chutney !!!

  11. hi, can u say where in tamilnadu, it is available?

  12. HI

    Can i know how to use flax seeds i want to reduce my weight and in what proposition i can use it.Plz advice

    • fiax seeds and many different varitey of home made chutney powders are available with divine reflection which are meant for weight loss,diabetes,hypertension,cholesterol and v tasty contact:9900150576

  13. since heating of alsi oil is supposed to be bad, is it healthy to roast the alsi seeds before grinding. Does it not evaporate or damage the oil present in the seeds

  14. no, huchchellu is black and tiny

    flax seed are available in panasari shops

    they are also called as linseed(if i am correct)

  15. hi,
    I wll try chutney and get back to u. i want to learn more recipes using flax seeds will u help me ?.


  16. Agase flax and linseed are same. One tea spoon of agasi chutney pudi is almost equal to a pound of fish in giving daily required dose of omega 3 fats. It also has other health benefits. Omega capsules are available in the market but they donot provide fiber, ligninns etc that the seeds would give. Hence our food is highly health promoting. Salutes to our ancestors…

  17. details are very interesting,we used to have these in child hood. inherently Lot of health befits on using AGASI.I will start reusing!

  18. Hi All,

    I am very thankful to you all for all the information about flax seeds, I
    will definitely try it.


  19. contact for all home made chutney powder of more then 25 varities!!
    Contact no:9901893624

  20. Thanks to given the healthy & tasty chutney. This is very best combination to jowar roti. And it reduces the high cholesterol.

  21. Good recipes. need to know the store where i can get flex seeds,since not able to get anywhere in bangalore.

  22. what is ahgahsi seed

  23. Where we can get flex seed in Delhi.if possible then let me know the price.
    Thank you

  24. HARI OUM.
    Why Agahsi Seed is available ? What’s the best Rate .

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