Polish Noodles with Poppy Seeds (Kluski z Makiem)

Noodles Poppyseeds
© 2010 Barbara Rolek
Ratings (7)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Soaking time: 12 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings (6 portions)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
598 Calories
29g Fat
78g Carbs
14g Protein
(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 cooked egg noodles (use the width of choice), kept warm
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raisins
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon chopped candied orange peel

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, bring poppy seeds and milk to a boil. Cover and let stand for 12 hours.

  2. Put poppy seeds in a sieve to drain off any liquid.

  3. Grind the poppy seeds twice.

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

  5. Combine warm egg noodles with 2 tablespoons butter and poppy seed mixture. Serve hot as a side dish or dessert.