Pumpkin Seeds
Kitchen Notes

Pumpkin Seeds: Benefits and Culinary Uses

What are pumpkin seeds?

  • Pumpkin seeds are called kaddu ke beej in Hindi.
  • Pumpkin seeds are the only seeds that are alkaline forming, have chewy texture and sweet nutty flavour.
  • Pumpkin seeds are full of nutrition and very delicious and can be enjoyed in many ways.
  • To get complete nutrients from pumpkin seeds, dry roast the seeds and grind in a mixer and make a powder, grounded seeds are easily absorbed by the body.
Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds

Culinary uses of pumpkin seeds:

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds can be enjoyed as healthy snacks.
  • Pumpkin seeds are used in biscuits, cookies, gravies, baked vegetables, salads, dishes made from rice, raita and butter milk.
  • Blend and make puree of raw pumpkin seeds and use in gravies and soups.

Health benefits of pumpkin seeds: 

  • Reduces levels of LDL cholesterol, prevents kidney stone formation, reduces inflammation for arthritis, stabilizes blood sugar, protects against osteoporosis and boosts heart health.
  • Pumpkin seeds are a good source of anti-oxidants, protein, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc.
  • Raw pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin K, which helps to prevent blood clot formations.

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