Chironji / Charoli (Cudpah Nut & Pistachio Soft)

Introduction

Chironji is the almond flavored seed which is native to Indian Sub-continent. The lentil sized seed is commonly used in a number of dishes in India. It is grown in Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Orissa, Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra. Well drained soil and tropical climate is suitable for the growth of Chironji trees. It is known for its ayurvedic properties and is used as a medicinal herb in Unani, Ayurveda and Siddha medicine practices. It is known with a number of names such as Charal, Nurlaal, Charoli, Chirangi, Priyala and Saraparuppu.

Nutritional Value

Chironji is known to be pretty low in calories. It is a great source of protein, fat and dietary fiber. It provides the benefits of Vitamin C, B1, B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus and Niacin.

Usage in Indian Kitchen

In India, Chironji ki Barfi and Shrikhand are the traditional sweets made from Chironji. It is a tradition for the newly married couples in India to have sweets and milk made using Chironji before starting their married lives. It is believed that it enhances the sexual ability and is good for reproductive system.  A few drops of the Chironji oil can help in providing relief from cough and cold. Chironji is used to make face packs and exfoliating scrubs.

Health Benefits of Chironji

  1. The roots of Chironji has the anti-ulcer properties and can be used to treat the mouth ulcers.
  2. The juice from the leaves of Chironji is a great home remedy for problems of digestive system.
  3. To treat diarrhea, the gum of the Chironji tree is used.
  4. It is an effective remedy to treat impotency.
  5. Immensely beneficial for problems related to the respiratory system.
  6. Chironji fruit is very beneficial beneficial, but even the roots, leaves, gum, seeds of this tree are full of multiple advantages.