Malabar tamarind, a pumpkin-looking fruit that is popularly known as kudampuli or puli in Malayalam and Tamil. The tree is popularly found across India and grows in almost every backyard in Kerala. The fresh puli grows in a bright green to pale yellow colour, but undergoes a two-month curing process to become eligible for cooking. The fruit is traditionally used as a souring agent in the preparation of some curries.
- The fruit of the tree is small and pumpkin-shaped, and is typically yellowish-green in color.
- The fruit of the Malabar tamarind has a tart and tangy flavor, similar to that of a lime or lemon. It is often used in cooking as a souring agent.
- The active ingredient in Malabar tamarind is hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is believed to have weight loss and appetite suppressing properties.
- Help reduce inflammation.
- Improve sleep as well.
- Control cholesterol.
- Control blood sugar.
- Boost the digestive process.
- Release happy hormones.
- Decrease insulin levels.
- Improve cardiovascular health.
- Protect against stomach ulcers.
- Detoxify the body.
- Strengthen the bones.