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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Event Announcement: Think Spice Think Poppy Seeds


Sunita Bhuyan and Think Spice
Do you believe in love at first sight? Visit "Sunita's World" and you will instantly fall in love with her food blog and her artistic and aesthetic photography. Sunita is a renowned blogger in the blogosphere, she is a amazing cook and a self taught photographer. Her blog features Assamese, Indian, International Cuisine and she does lots of Baking too. 'Think Spice' is her brainchild event launched two years ago. So far it has featured 25 different spices and hundreds of recipes under each of them. Click here to read more about Sunita and sneak a peak in to the previous roundups of this event.

Spice of the Month:
Let me introduce the spice of the month. This spice was first cultivated in a Mediterranean region and later it spread to Iran, India, China,Turkey and the rest of the world. Today Canada, Holland and Czhec Republic are the largest producers of this spice. Just like the sun-sign 'Gemini' this spice has dual characters. The unripe ones are narcotic and the ripe ones are edible and they are also available in two different colors 'Blue' and 'White'. Yes, you guessed it right. THE SPICE OF THE MONTH IS POPPY SEEDS.



Event Guidelines
1. Post any kind of recipe(s) cooked with White or Blue Poppy Seeds between now and Dec 31st 2009.
2. Provide a link back to my post and Sunita's post (http://sunitabhuyan.com/?page_id=341)
You can send me archived entries as well. Update/Repost and provide a link to our posts. Please feel free to use the logo.
3. Mail me your entries to foodfor7stagesoflife@gmail.com with below details:
   Mail Subject: Think Spice Think Poppy Seeds
   Your Name:
   Blog Name:
   Recipe Name and URL:
4. Non bloggers can send me your recipe(s) and picture to foodfor7stagesoflife@gmail.com


Nutrition and Medicinal Values of Poppy Seeds:
   (source:www.nutritiondata.com, www.herbal-home-remedies.com)
Poppy Seeds are rich in Thiamin, Dietary Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper, Calcium and Manganese and low in Cholesterol and Sodium.
Unripe version of Poppy Seeds contains opium/narcotic substances. They are constructively used to prepare medicines to treat various illness at the same time some crooks use it to make illegal drugs as well.
      1. The oil of this spice is used to treat breast cancer as it is a good source of Oleic acid.
      2. Poppy seeds helps in digestion of food.
     3. Poppy seeds contains linoleic acid which helps human body to fight heart attack and other heart disorders.


Home Remedies:
 
Poppy Seeds can be used to treat blemishes, improve skin tone, diarrhea, dark circles, abdominal pain, joint pain etc., Click here to read more.


What can I cook with Poppy Seeds
   You can use this spice to prepare any course of a meal. Indians use it in curry preparations, desserts, Western world uses it in breads, buns, pastries etc. and the rest of the world uses it in soup, candies, pasta, noodles, sauces etc.,



Poppy Seeds and its Synonyms
Hindi
Khas Khas
Tamil
Kasa Kasa
Sourashtra
Gesa Gesa
Telugu
Gasagasaalu
Kannada
Gasagase
Bengali
Posto
Marathi
Khus khus
French
Pavot somnifre, Oeillette
Italian
Papavero
German
Mohn (samen)
Spanish
Adormidera, amapola (Poppy)
Malayalam
Kashakasha
Chinese
Ying Shu
For other language click here.

12 comments:

my kitchen said...

good one,try to send my post soon

Priya said...

I can imagine kurmas without poppy seeds, will send my entries..

Rohini said...

My my, now I have to scratch my brain and leaf through my recipe books for a recipe! But I'll send one soon :) Thanks for the multilingual translation!

Anncoo said...

I usually used poppy seeds in muffin and cakes but now poppy seeds is not allowed to sell here.

Bharathy said...

Never Knew Kasa kasa had so much of medicinal values!..Thanx for throwing light on it..:)..
All I make is veg Khurma with a little of these seeds ground along with coconut!..:)
Let me see what else I can do..

RV said...

@Anncoo, sorry to know that.. but you might get the white ones in Indian stores.. am not sure though

RV said...

@Bharathy, yeah even I use it in kurmas or chicken curry preparations... this is an opportunity for us to cook something out of box... happy cooking :)

Angie's Recipes said...

I definitely join this event!

AvanthiRao said...

Thanks by dropping in my blog
Will do something to participate .......

Angie's Recipes said...

Here is mine: Poppy Macarons by Angie's Recipes
Sent you an email yesterday.

RV said...

@Angie, Thank you, I have received your lovely Poppy Macarons.

? said...

Loved your blog and the photos! Will send in my recipe for the event!

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