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Moh / Mohati / मोह / मोहाटी / Mahua / Madhuca longifolia

Indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, the Mahua Tree is considered as the ‘Tree of Life’ as it provides food, fodder and fuel. Tribal communities highly value the Mahua flowers and seeds - instant energy-giving Laddoos are made from roasted Mahua flowers and buttery oil extracted from Mahua seeds is used instead of ghee in cooking. Certain tribal communities put a clove of Garlic in the Mahua Butter container to reduce its slightly bitter taste. Mahua Butter has also been evaluated to have a higher level of antiradical properties as compared to Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 
Good Amount of Vit. A & C, a Cooling Agent with emollient Properties and diuretic, Imparts Good Energy Levels, Helps cure excessive menstrual bleeding, Rheumatic pains, Digestive disorders, aphrodisiac

Other Names

  • Local Name: Moh / Mohati / मोह / मोहाटी
  • Common Name: Mahua
  • Botanical Name: Madhuca longifolia

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Roadside, Forest Area, Farm Bunds, Hilly Regions
  • Season of Availability: March to June
  • Geography: Indian Subcontinent, Myanmar
  • Method of Propagation: Seed and vegetative propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds, especially ones dispersed by birds and grafts and budding

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Seeds, Fruits & Flowers
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Dried Flowers are cooked and consumed in various dishes; Buttery Oil extracted from Mahua Seeds is used for Daily Cooking; Unripe fruits are cooked into a vegetable
  • As Medicine: Mahua flowers are considered analgesic, diuretic, a cooling agent, aphrodisiac, astringent and used to treat tonsillitis, pharyngitis and bronchitis.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Yes
  • Boiling Before Cooking: Not Required
  • Pickling: No
  • Brining: No
  • Fermenting: Yes, alcohol
  • Drying for later Consumption: Yes; Flowers
  • Overall Method: Cook flowers with curd; flowers washed in water boiled down into a syrup and mixed with rice and dried flowers; flowers boiled for hours then softened and eaten with tamarind seeds; pound dried flowers into a flour and mix with water to make cakes.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in healthy fats; Natural sugars
  • Medicinal Benefit: 
    - Good Amount of Vit. A & C
    - Cooling Agent
    - Emollient Properties
    - Diuretic
    - Imparts Good Energy Levels

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: 
    - Seeds oil is applied to aches and pains in the body
    - Dried flowers are boiled in milk and taken to treat nerve weakness
    - Flower juice is used to treat hypertension and hiccups

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: MAHUA KOSHIMBIR:
    Cooking Time: 15 min Serves: 2 Cuisine: Tribal

    25 gms Dried Mahua Flower, Cleaned & Soaked for 15 mins
    1 Tomato, Chopped
    1 Cucumber, Chopped
    1 Onion, Chopped
    1 Green Chili, Chopped Finely
    7-8 Sprigs of Coriander / Cilantro, Chopped
    1 Pod Tamarind, Deseeded & Chopped Finely
    A Squeeze of Lime
    Salt to Taste

    Rehydrate Soaked Dried Mahua Flower by boiling them in water for 10 mins.
    Drain the Water.
    Mix the Mahua Flower, Tomato, Cucumber, Onion, Coriander and Chili.
    Add Salt, Tamarind and Lime to taste.
    Serve as an Accompaniment.

    ** One can also add Curd to make Dahi Koshimbir

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Moh / Mohati / मोह / मोहाटी / Mahua / Madhuca longifolia

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