Kaddu Ke Beej (Pumpkin Seeds)

Introduction

Pumpkin seeds are the edible seeds of pumpkin. One of the Char Magaz of Indian culinary is Pumpkin Seeds. Magaz means brain which actually denotes its importance for the healthy brain. These are native to America and now you can relate it to the Halloween. Its cultivation began around 1300 AD. These are now found in China, India, Russia, Mexico, Ukraine and US. Pumpkins can be grown during the months of January and March and then September to December. The temperature should neither be too hot or too cold. Well drained soil is best for the growth of pumpkins. Interestingly, pumpkins have been a part of a number of folklore and has been connected to supernatural things, such as witches turning people into pumpkins.

Nutritional Value

Pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients valuable for the human body. It contains fiber, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamin K, vitamin B2, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper and iron. The antioxidants present in pumpkin seeds make it a great food for health of your heart. Polyunsaturated fatty acids present in them helps in reducing the cholesterol levels.

Usage in Indian Kitchen

Pumpkin seeds are the secret ingredient of a numerous dishes in Indian cuisine. It is used in a number of traditional dishes which are used as Prasadam especially during festivals. The roasted or raw Pumpkin seeds provide for a great munching option. Used in a number of rice dishes. Pumpkin seeds are a main ingredient in main dessert of Indian Kitchens such as halwa and kheer. Use them to bake breads and cakes as well.

Health Benefits of Kaddu Ke Beej

  1. Kaddu Ke Beej are a great immunity booster.
  2. Helpful in regulating insulin and stabilizing the blood sugar levels.
  3. A handful of pumpkin seeds before hitting the bed will ensure a sound sleep.
  4. The amino acids present in it are good for promoting hair growth.
  5. Good for improving the prostrate health.