Poppy Seeds (خشخاش) – Khash Khash – Contain Pain-Relieving Compounds, Boosts Heart Health, Rich in Nutrients & Antioxidants
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ChiltanPure Poppy Seeds (خشخاش)
Poppy Seeds are nutty oil seeds obtained from the poppy plant, which, along with garlic and mustard, is a staple spice in Pakistani cuisine.
Poppy, which goes by the botanical name Papaver somniferum is not only beneficial for its use in culinary applications but also for its wide range of health benefits in treating a host of ailments, including heart problems, digestion, hair and skin issues, insomnia, diabetes, bone disorder, and neural problems.
How does it work?
In the medieval period, poppy seeds were widely used as sedatives. It was used in milk, opium, or a mixture of honey to calm crying babies, aid in sleeping, and improve women’s fertility issues.
In culinary, they can be used widely in recipes such as bagels and muffins and eating raw.
Poppy seeds are common in flavoured bread, cakes, rolls, and pastries. They are often sprinkled on the dishes, as a side dish or as a spice with farm cheese, cheese, eggs, cake crust, lettuce, cookies, cakes, bread, pastries, salads, sauces, curries, sauces for meat and fish, vegetables and noodles.
Rich in nutrients and antioxidants
Poppy seeds are high in vital nutrients and antioxidants, which can aid with skin inflammations, infections, and overall hair and skin health. It’s an effective treatment for burns, eczema, and itching due to its high linoleic acid concentration.
Contain pain-relieving compounds
Morphine, codeine, thebaine, and other opium alkaloids found in poppy seeds are known for their pain-relieving, relaxing, and sleep-inducing qualities.
Boosts heart health
Poppy seeds eating on a regular basis helps to improve cardiac function. Minerals like iron, which are abundant in Khash Khash, help to increase blood oxygen flow. As a result, your heart continues to pump adequate amounts of blood to various sections of the body.
Treat skin issues
Skin problems such as eczema is treated with Khash Khash because it includes linolenic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties and is hence used to treat a variety of skin disorders.
The high fibre content of poppy seeds promotes digestion and decreases constipation and bloating. Khash Khash should be consumed on a daily basis by people who have stomach issues.
Poppy seeds are helpful in increasing female fertility. The aphrodisiac effects of lignin found in poppy seeds stimulates libido and improves sexual health.
APoppy seeds should be soaked in warm water or milk for 2 hours. Soaked seeds are ground with other spices to thicken gravies or used.
Poppy seeds are tasteless but, when heated, attain a nutty, spicy-sweet flavour. Roasting or baking offers a mild sweet smell, while deep frying releases aromatic oils, making it crunchier.
|Poppy seeds are added to bakery products like muffins, cookies, and bread, and they are also added to salads and vegetables.|
|Top it on toast or cheese to add some crunch.|
|Note: Poppy seeds are generally considered safe when purchased from reliable sources and consumed in small quantities, such as those found in muffins or on bagels|