Malabar Tamarind, scientifically known as Garcinia Cambogia, is a traditional spice available particularly in tropical regions. The local name of this spice is ‘Kudampuli’. It is specifically used to add sour taste in the authentic Kerala fish curries.
Kudampuli – Garcinia cambogia is commonly known as “Malabar Tamarind”. Garcinia cambogia trees are found in the tropical countries. They belong to the family Guttiferae.Kudampuli –Garcinia cambogia is a small or medium sized tree with rounded crown and horizontal or drooping branches. Leaves are dark green and shining, elliptic obovate, 2-5 inch long and 1 – 3 inch broad. The fruit, which is 4 – 5cm in diameter is green in colour changes to yellow or red when ripe and resembles a small pumpkin. It has deep longitudinal grooves (6-8) and 6 to 8 seeds.Surrounded by a succulent aril . We collect this directly from the farmers of malabar region of kerala.Unlike its name Malabar tamarind, it is a small round-shaped fruit which resembles miniature of pumpkin. The reason behind sour taste is the presence of a hydroxycitric acid which adds the sour flavour to the fruit.
Kudampuli is used in dry form like any other Indian spice. It goes through a long procedure to reach that form. The ripened fruit is plucked from vine and sun-dried. After that, it turns black and leathery in appearance. It is an exclusive element in Kerala cuisine which adds a punch of sourness to the creamy flavour of coconut. One can get pure Garcinia Cambogia from traditional markets and the villages where best Garcinia Cambogia vines are situated.
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