Panda / Pand / पंद / Konkan Pinda / Pinda concanensis

Local Name: Panda / Pand / पंद

Common Name: Konkan Pinda

Botanical Name: Pinda concanensis

Other Languages: Konkan Pinda

Status & Habitat

  • Status: Threatened

  • Habitat: Herb

  • Occurrence: Edges of cliffs in forest; clearings in the Western Ghats

  • Season of Availability: July-September

  • Geography: Western Ghats

  • Method of Propagation: N/A

  • Part used for Propagation: N/A

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Tuber

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Seeds, yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: N/A

  • Ripe: N/A

  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw rest of the plant.

  • As Food: Tubers are consumed as vegetables after roasting or boiling; seeds used in spices and medicines.

  • As Medicine: Seeds can be eaten raw as a source of energy

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A

  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Plant parts are consumed as vegetables; seeds used in spices and medicines.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Leaves are rich in protein.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Imparts energy

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Seeds can be eaten raw as a source of energy; seeds enhance fragrance of spice and food materials.


  • Tribal Recipe: N/A