Exploring the Tangy Delights of Kudampuli: A Culinary Adventure


If you have a passion for culinary exploration, then this article is tailored just for you. Today, I introduce you to Kudampuli, a spice that adds a unique twist to tropical cuisines. But first, what is Kudampuli? Well, it’s a spice that plays a central role in many tropical dishes. Kudampuli, also known as pot tamarind, thrives in Southeast Asia, coastal regions of India, and West Africa. Belonging to the Clusiaceae family, it bears a striking resemblance to a pumpkin. Scientifically referred to as Garcinia gummi-gutta, it’s prized for its tangy flavor and is famously recognized as ‘Malabar tamarind’ in India. Let’s dive into the exciting ways you can incorporate this incredible spice into your kitchen!

1. Fish Curry (Kerala Style With Kudampuli): South India boasts a rich repertoire of delectable fish recipes, and this one is a must-try for fish enthusiasts. Tender fish cubes are cooked in a Kudampuli-infused concoction, making it a perfect companion for steamed rice. To begin, soak Kudampuli in half a cup of lukewarm water and set it aside for later use. In a separate bowl, create a thick paste by mixing water with chili powder and turmeric powder.

Now, heat coconut oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, and a few curry leaves. Incorporate sliced onions and crushed ginger and garlic, sautéing until they turn golden. Next, add the chili-turmeric paste and cook until the oil begins to separate. Introduce the soaked Kudampuli and season with salt. Cover with a lid and bring it to a boil. Now, add the fish pieces and allow them to simmer. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes on low flame.

2. Kudampuli Juice: A refreshing summer beverage, popular in many parts of the country, is prepared with jaggery and ginger. Start by washing and soaking dry Kudampuli in half a cup of water overnight. Create a jaggery syrup in a pan and set it aside. Heat a saucepan and pour in the jaggery syrup, adding chopped ginger and the soaked Kudampuli. Boil this mixture and then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

Blend the mixture into a smooth paste, strain it, and store it. Combine this paste with cider vinegar and water to serve. Add ice cubes for a refreshing chill. Not only is it revitalizing, but it may also aid in weight loss. So, alongside your regular exercise routine, give this juice a try to shed those extra pounds!

3. Mulakooshyam (Raw Banana Curry): This traditional Kerala dish is bursting with flavor and is often prepared when someone is under the weather. Soak the Malabar tamarind pieces in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes. Cut raw banana into medium-sized cubes and place them in a vessel filled with water. Grind pepper corns and onion into a paste, incorporating garlic as well. In a pan, heat some chilly powder, add coriander powder, and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Next, add the prepared mixture and sauté thoroughly. Add 1 to 2 cups of water along with Kudampuli pieces, curry leaves, and salt to taste. Allow it to come to a boil. Add the banana cubes and simmer for another 15-20 minutes, ensuring the bananas are fully cooked and the curry thickens. Finally, add some coconut oil and curry leaves. Serve hot with rice. This recipe is sure to revitalize your taste buds even when you’re feeling under the weather.

4. Kudampuli Charu: Here’s the ultimate recipe for weight loss. Kudampuli Charu is a healthy way to shed those extra pounds. Begin by soaking Kudampuli in water for 30-45 minutes. Mash the Kudampuli pieces and extract the water. Repeat this process 3-4 times to extract the maximum content. Boil this extract for 10-15 minutes and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture and store it in the refrigerator. You can use this tangy mixture in rasam or sambar.

Now that you’re well-versed in the versatility of Malabar tamarind, you can explore a world of culinary possibilities. Whether it’s curry or juice, Kudampuli can add a tangy twist to your meals. Make your dishes both nutritious and flavorsome!

Wishing you a season filled with health and happiness!