The dried black grape is called as Munakka or Black Currant / Black Raisins. It is basically grown in the Mediterranean region. The process to dry black currant is different from that of raisins but still both of them are considered same. The two ways one can easily differentiate between Munakka and Kishmish is that Munakka is a little dark in color and also it has seeds unlike Kishmish. It is grown in New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. In India, it is grown in Tamil Nadu, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. It is also referred to as Kali Kishmish or Sultana. In Assamese, it is called Dweepa DhrakshiKappu, Manukka in Marathi and Munucca in Bengali. Interestingly, this dried fruit can be eaten raw as well. It is used in Indian kitchen for ages to cure many problems. It is known for its medicinal properties as well.
Munakka is full of amazing health benefits. The dietary fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and fat are available in Munakka in a good ratio. Besides, it is a good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin B and other essential dietary minerals.
Usage in Indian Kitchen
Munakka is used in making savory and sweet dishes such as traditional Christmas cakes, halwa and kheer, dum biryani and chicken dishes. The sweet and sour taste changes when added to the taste of the main dish and makes it more delectable. Besides, it is a great cure for constipation. You may mix it with milk and consume it before sleeping to have a good bowel movement. You can also consume it with rock salt as a yummy snacking option.
Health Benefits of Munakka
- Useful in controlling vertigo.
- Improves the digestion.
- Enhances the bone health.
- A great energy booster.
- Good for vision.