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Chironji

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Chironji is an ingredient used in Indian cooking

Also known as: Charoli, Saara paruppu.

Description: 

They are kernels of a fruit whose shell dries to a brittle hardness. The fruit is cracked open and these nuts are extracted. These are then further dried and distributed. Chirongi nuts are small pale and speckled with dark patches. They are slightly flat and round in shape and are the size of lentils. They have a slightly nutty aroma and a pronounced taste that is between nutty and musky.

Commonly used in: 

Used primarily as a topping for sweets, they go especially well with sweet and creamy halwas (Indian puddings). They are also a must on top of a delightful dessert called shrikhand which is a combination of yoghurt, sugar, cardamom and saffron. 

Health benefit: 

Chirongi nuts have been credited with the power to sharpen concentration improve eyesight and provide strength and vigor.


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