Kluski z Makiem (Polish Poppy Seed Noodles) Recipe

Polish noodles with poppy seeds recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Soak: 12 hrs
Total: 12 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
459 Calories
22g Fat
57g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 629mg 48%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 403mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Polish noodles with poppyseeds or kluski z makiem (KLOOSS-kee z MAH-kyem) is one of the traditional dishes served for wigilia or Christmas Eve dinner. The recipe varies by region. Some add nuts, candied orange peel, or raisins when it becomes kluski z makiem i rodzynkami (rraw-jin-KAH-mee). Modern families use purchased egg noodles and poppyseed filling, but many still make their own kluski and grind their own poppy seeds. This dish is often a substitute for kutia. Poppy seeds are always present because they represent wealth in the coming year.


  • 1/2 pound poppy seeds

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 1/2 to 1 cup honey

  • 3 cups egg noodles, cooked and kept warm

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional

  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped, optional

  • 1 tablespoon chopped candied orange peel, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Polish noodles with poppyseeds
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  2. In a large saucepan, bring poppy seeds and milk to a boil. Cover and let stand for 12 hours.

    Bring poppyseeds and milk to boil
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  3. Put poppy seeds in a sieve to drain off any liquid.

    Put poppy seeds in sieve
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  4. Grind the poppy seeds twice.

    Grind poppy seeds
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  5. Mix ground poppy seeds with honey, raisins, nuts, and orange peel, if using. Transfer to a saucepan and heat through.

    Mix poppy seeds
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  6. Combine warm egg noodles with 2 tablespoons butter and poppy seed mixture.

    Combine with noodles
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  7. Serve hot as a side dish or dessert.

    Polish noodles with poppyseeds recipe
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