Kasa Kasa Sadham/Khus Khus/Poppy Seed Rice

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Poppy Seed Rice

Kasa Kasa/Poppy Seeds is used extensively in Indian cuisine to give thickness, texture and added flavor. It is usually ground with coconut in the preparation of kurma and other non vegetarian dishes in Tamil cuisine. It is also used as a main ingredient in Payasam and rice preparations as well.
Today`s recipe is a Kasa Kasa/Poppy Seeds flavored rice with some Ellu/sesame and red chillies. It is not a favorite as 
compared to the other flavored rice like lime,tamarind or curd rice but it definitely a great alternative from the usual preparations. 

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Serves: 2
Level: Beginners

  1. ½ cup rice
  2. 2 teaspoon kasa kasa/poppy seeds
  3. 1 teaspoon ellu/sesame
  4. 1 teaspoon ullutham paruppu/broken urad dhal
  5. 4 red chillies
  6. 2 teaspoon grated coconut
  7. 2 teaspoon oil
  8. ½ teaspoon salt

  1. Soak rice in water for half an hour. Cook the rice until done~each grain has to be separate. Let it cool
  2. Dry roast the sesame and poppy seeds for few minutes and make a powder when cool. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai/pan. Add the ullutham paruppu and when it turns light brown color, add the red chillies and grated coconut. Dry grind in a mixer and 
  4. Add the powders and salt to the rice. and mix well. 
  5. Serve hot with potato fry, appalam/papad or potato chips.

    Tips: I have used Basmati rice in this preparation and regular rice can be used. Adjust red chillies according to you spice level. To get the rice separate and fluffy I cook the rice in a vessel with water and drain the water when the rice is done. This helps in rice not getting mushy which is very important in flavored rice preparation.


  1. such a delicious looking rice...looks yummmm

  2. Wow I have never tried Poppy seed rice...looks delicious...

  3. never tried poppy seed rice before.. Looks yummy

  4. Can imagine the flavor,yummy rice.

  5. Hi,
    First time to your blog
    you have very nice collection of recipe :)


  6. Wow poppy seeds rice, thats truly very new for me,i'll be making some soon.

  7. My husband wants to eat something new so I'll probably give this poppy seed rice recipe a try. Since you didn't mention what type of oil you used, I'll probably use virgin coconut oil instead. My husband will surely love this. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow they look so tempting love it must try it on for sure.You have a lovely site dear.

  9. Marvelous…..

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