Miraculous Drink

Few years ago I had a serendipitous encounter with an amazing fruit kudampuli while I was looking for a gut-friendly substitute for tamarind used in south Indian cuisine. Kudampuli (Garcinia Cambogia or malabar tamarind) is a rich source of an interesting chemical compound hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is well known to the western medicine for its astounding property to convert food into energy and also hinder the accumulation of fat in our body. Thus HCA extracted from Garcinia Cambogia is mostly used in the manufacture of weight loss supplements. They are recommended to treat obese particularly diabetics.

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Kudampuli (Garcinia Cambogia)

Kudampuli juice is really a miraculous drink:

So I grew curious to experiment with kudampuli. Initially I used 1 or 2 rinds of tangy yet less-acidic kudampuli in sambar or kuzhambu in place of tamarind extract for a month. And I could not notice any significant effects of HCA. But when I started taking kudampuli juice, my heart jumped with joy as I began to feel as if fat in my body just melting away in a couple of days. Furthermore, I found my clothes dropping one size down within 2 weeks. There is a proverb in Tamil, “alavukku minjinaal amirthamum nanju” meaning “even the elixir of life turns poisonous if taken excessively”. So I stopped taking it in 2 weeks even though I was tempted to continue for a longer period.

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Kudampuli juice is a miraculous drink for the weight loss properties

Kudampuli:

Traditional Indian systems of medicine like Siddha or Ayurveda repeatedly beats the drum for moderating the intake of herbs & spices. Hence I do follow the same with strong conviction. Ayurveda recommends to take kudampuli juice during summer as it helps to keep our body cool. Besides kudampuli juice is useful to shed some unwanted weight especially for a normal person. So, we can take this drink an hour before the large meal of a day as it acts as a fantastic appetite suppressor.  It is healthy to take fresh juice as it does not have any side effects unlike over-the-counter weight loss supplements manufactured by extracting HCA from kudampuli. So I prefer to take this miraculous fat-burning drink every summer.

Health benefits of Kudampuli:

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  • Improves metabolism – Kudampuli helps to convert food into energy rather than depositing as fat.
  • Suppresses appetite – it helps to increase the production of serotinin, which in turn suppresses appetite & reduces craving.
  • Promotes weight loss – because of improved metabolism.
  • Treats gastric ulcer – by increasing the mucosal defence and also by decreasing acidity in gastric areas.
  • Lowers cholesterol – by raising HDL (good cholesterol) & also by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Reduces blood sugar – due to improved metabolism.

To enjoy these benefits all through the year it is preferred to include kudampuli in our diet as frequent as possible. We can add 1 or 2 pieces of kudampuli into the boiling curry, leave those pieces until its tartness is fully absorbed,  and remove them before serving. I feel this method is safer than taking kudampuli juice for a long term. Now lets prepare the miraculous drink.

Kudampuli juice:

Yields : 250 ml, serves: 1 adult

Time taken: 5 min

Ingredients:

  1. Kudampuli – 1 No.
  2. Any sweetener like palm sugar (panang karkandu), powdered palm jaggery/ cane jaggery (vellam/ karuppatti) – as desired
  3. Water – 250 ml
  4. A pinch of powdered cardamom seeds/ cumin seeds for flavor (optional)
  5. A pinch of crushed pepper/ dried ginger to balance the tartness (optional)

How to prepare a miraculous drink:

  • Wash kudampuli and microwave for 1 min (or until soft & tender*) after adding 20 ml water. (alternatively you can soak in warm water for 3 hours)
  • Grind kudampuli & sweetener into a smooth paste.
  • Add water and pulse for few seconds.
  • Now pour kudampuli juice through a fine mesh.
  • Dilute it with required water so that it does not taste sour.
  • Now kudampuli juice is ready to drink.

*If kudampuli is too hard to get soaked completely, we need to soak in hot water for a long time. If we extract the juice from the kudampuli that is not fully soaked, the juice may cause an irritation to your throat.

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I am not an expert in the field of health & nutrition, I am just sharing my personal experience here. If you are keen to reduce your body weight safely, you may approach any Siddha or Ayurveda practitioner to consult the dosage or duration before taking these supplements. I have been taking kudampuli juice moderately, ie., once a day  (250 ml) just for 2 weeks every year.

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  1. There’s quite a lot of info here that reinforces my trust in “Puli”. Reminds me of my uncle who once had a “fantastic business idea” to sell “healthy” processed tamarind. All it did was leave a sour taste in his mouth. Once I had to go visit a distant relative and she gave me some wine that she made using Irumban Puli(Malayalam) and holy…(nearly forgot I can’t curse here) it was amazing. It was so good that it made me rethink the idea of visiting distant relatives.

  2. Yes, the health benefits of kudampuli are high, when I was young ,our school had this tree in the compound and we used to eat it’s tender.leaves too as they were tart in taste. Great idea for a safe weight loss. Thanks for sharing .

    1. It is so fascinating to see how food evokes beautiful memories associated with it. 🙂 Thanks so much, Anamika !

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe Megala. I’m sure this is a godsend for all of us who need to reduce weight. I use kudampuli in curries when I want a change from our tamarind and absolutely love the taste and flavour it lends to dishes. Hats off to the research and experimenting that went into creating this drink. …And I love anything with karupatti vellam!

    1. I do love kudampuli’s tangy smoky flavour when added into pulikulambu. Glad you find this post informative, thanks so much.

  4. I would really like to taste this!!! I bet that this drink can beat the heat this summer. I think it is a refreshing drink.
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  5. Fascinating! Another new ingredient for me. I did some searching and it looks like it’s usually processed as a supplement around here, going by the name of Garcinia Cambogia instead. I wish I could get the more whole version!

    1. Yes, I do wish you could get them sooner or later. Thanks for reading !

  6. Never knew kudampuli had so many health benefits.We don’t use it much in North Kerala or atleast in Calicut, but I know as you go down further south they use it a lot.Thanks for sharing this wonderful information and hope to introduce it in my diet soon!

    1. Yes, these are also popular along the western coastal regions of India. Thanks for reading this post.

  7. Excellent post and so many health benefits. Our ancestors were not wrong in practising the Ayurvedic way of life, especially the diet according to the season. Will find this in a grocery store as I am intrigued by all the health benefits which you have listed above.

  8. Such a wonderful post ma’am, my husband will regularly go for gym until last June when he had surgery in his right hand. He can’t do exercise after that and his weight increased he really felt bad as he kept his body fit before that. This post came as a gift for him. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I read about this sometime ago, it think it’s malabar tamarind. And juice with this ! really great ? and nice info too ✌✌ Lovelyyy Sunday Megala❤

  10. Great post. I thought it only came in a supplement. I never got on the bandwagon on this one as I figured you would need the whole fruit for results.

    1. Yes, whole fruit would provide better results than pills or capsules. Thanks a lot.

  11. Megala good to know the details of kudampuli. Never heard of this before. Will try to get this and drink. Thanks for sharing.
    Meena

  12. Thank you, Megala. I have used kudampuli in a few dishes but was never aware of its properties. Someone had once mentioned that it is a good cure for fever but never tried. But this one I will surely try starting tomorrow as I have kudampuli handy with me.

    1. Yes, it has innumerable health benefits. It is high time that we need to go back to them. Regarding this juice, I’m sure that you would see some miracles happen. 🙂 Thanks !

    1. Hope you could source them through some online portals like e-bay or amazon. Thanks for stopping by !

  13. Very interesting information about kachampuli, i didn’t know about it’s weight loss property. I have the kachampuli vinegar that i got from coorg and use in my cooking. But i guess the juice and from the whole fruit is more beneficial in weight loss.

  14. Thank you for the wonderful share Megala ! Have seen these in the supermarkets here ..Will definitely get them in my next visit and try this amazing juice 🙂

    1. Sounds great, I would be happier if you could share your experience. Thanks a lot for reading this post!

  15. Very interesting, Meghala, not something I have seen here but I will keep a look out for it ..Thank you for sharing 🙂

      1. You are welcome , Megha apparently it is available here…I just need to source it or I can get it shipped( dried) from India 🙂

        1. Glad that you could source these! I would love to hear from you after trying this drink. 🙂

          1. Of Course if I can’t find it here ..I know what it looks like now then I will send for some dried from e-bay ..But I will let you know Megala…I have made note to myself 🙂 Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  16. Very fascinating post Megala… that fat loss got my attention real quick! I sit the same fruit as mangosteen/ kokum?

    1. Kokum (Garcinia Indica) is different from kudampuli. Hope you could try these to enjoy the miracle. 🙂 Thanks.

  17. In konkani/marathi it is called amsol/kokam. It is widely used in curries both veg and non veg, and even we make kokam kadhi with coconut milk and now a days kokam sarbat is also very popular.

    1. Yes, but kokum & kudampuli are not the same, as far as I know. Thanks a lot.

  18. It’s interesting that the fruit juice can have such an affect on weight loss and metabolism. I’ve not come across something like that before, but I would be curious to try. 🙂

    1. Yes, instead you might have heard about Garcinia pills/ capsules, popular weight loss supplements in the west, particularly in US. Wish you could find these dried berries and feel the magic. 🙂

  19. I don’t know What is Kudampuli! Hope I can find this nearby. It has many benefits and worth a try.

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