The Many Benefits Of Kokum And 5 Recipes You Absolutely Need To Try

If you love South Indian cuisine and haven’t been introduced to kokum and its distinct tangy flavour yet, you’ve been majorly missing out. Mainly used in Maharashtrian, Konkan and Gujarati cuisine, kokum is also known as Malabar tamarind and is widely used in traditional Kerala-style cooking. The fruit comes with a lot of health benefits. Kokum helps to boost immunity as it contains Vitamin C. It contains anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and anti-carcinogenic properties as well. Though you must have heard about kokum sherbet, it is also used in various other recipes. Adding a little bit of kokum in fish, prawn or vegetable curry certainly changes the taste. Here we have listed some of the recipes which you can try at home:

1. Konkani Kokum Drink

A famous Maharashtra drink, Konkani Kokum Drink is also known as Sol Kadi. It is a perfect beverage to drink post lunch or dinner as it helps in digestion.

Ingredient
kokum
Coconut milk
Salt
Coriander leaves

2. Konkani Rasam

Known as Birind in Konkani, the Rasam is tasty as well as healthy. It is a great break from the regular rasam.

Ingredient
Water
Kokum
Green chilli
Jaggery
Salt
Garlic cloves
Refined oil
Mustard seeds
Dry red chilli
Curry leaves

3. Kokam Fish Curry

You must have tried normal fish curry a lot of time, but ever tasted kokum fish curry? The fish curry is made in Kerala-style and is known for its distinct tangy flavour.

Ingredients
Fish
Salt
Fenugreek seeds
Water
Mustard seeds
Onion
Kokum
Turmeric
Red chilli sauce
Vegetable oil
Curry leaves
Garlic

4. Spicy Kokum Mocktail

This easy to make beverage does not even need any cooking and can be made in a jiffy. Spicy Kokum Mocktail is perfect summer drink with a hint of chilli in it.

Ingredients
Basil seeds
Kokum
Water
Sugar
Lemon juice
Green chilli
Kokum water ice cubes

5. Kokum Ki Dal

Kokum Ki Dal is a popular Maharashtrian dish, cooked with kokum, coconut, and jaggery. This dish is simple to make and delicious to eat with both sweet and sour taste.

Ingredients
Toor dal
Cumin seeds
Coriander powder
Red chilli
Garam Masala
Turmeric
Kokum
Salt
Oil
Coriander leaves
Coconut
Ginger
Garlic
Dry red chilli

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