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Kahrool / कहरूळ / Orchid Tree / Bauhinia purpurea L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Kahrool / कहरूळ
  • Common Name: Orchid Tree
  • Botanical Name: Bauhinia purpurea L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Dry Deciduous Forests, often Cultivated
  • Season of Availability: Year-round
  • Geography: Indian subcontinent and Myanmar
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Young Leaves & Buds
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Leaves, flower buds, young seedpods cooked as a vegetable; flower buds pickled and used in curries; flower buds and tender leaves made into pakoras; flowers used in raita.
  • As Medicine: Flowers are laxative; roots and carminative; bark, roots and flowers are used as a maturant.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A
  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A
  • Pickling: Yes
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Used medicinally; also flower buds and tender leaves are boiled, grinded and cooked with gram flour to make pakoras, or as a vegetable; flower petals mixed into raita.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Antidiabetic and cytotoxic properties.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Laxative, carminative and acts as a maturant.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Flowers are laxative; roots and carminative; bark, roots and flowers are used as a maturant.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Pickle:
    Pinch and clean buds, avoiding partial blooms. Boil buds for 3-4 minutes until soft. Air dry for 2-3 hours. Heat mustard oil, add spices, powders, salt, and lime juice. Boil gently. Add dried buds, mix, and turn off the heat. Adjust salt. Transfer to a clean jar and top with mustard oil. Rest for a day or two, ready to use.

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Kahrool / कहरूळ / Orchid Tree / Bauhinia purpurea L.

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