How Charoli is Helpful to Us

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  • Chironji/Charoli added as toppings in cakes
  • Charoli  used to flavor desserts
  • Charoli works as cooling agent for body
  • Chironji is used as tonic and releases fatigue
  • Charoli scrubs benefits to remove Facial hairs
  • Charoli gives glowing skin
  • Chironji/Charoli guards against prickly heat

The charoli is considered to be the evergreen medicinal plant of India. Charoli is an evergreen tree which is generally native in India and can be found in abundance in the north-western part of the country. Now the Latin name of charoli is Buchanania lanzan and it is known by various names in the country. Primarily, marathi charoli is known as Chirauli, Chironji, Char, Boruda, Priyala, etc. It is an almond-shaped dry fruit, extracted from the bark of the charoli tree.

Mainly Chironji or Charoli is used to add zing to sweets, charoli also lends itself to making “shahi” gravies in curries, the taste of which rivals pastes made from cashew or almond. Indian sweets and milk dishes take on an authentic, traditional taste when they contain charoli, rather than almonds or cashew. 

Charoli has a unique nutty taste and buttery texture when eaten raw or slightly roasted that further intensifies. Chironji or Charoli has mildly aromatic flavor. Apart from taste, charoli has a number of benefits for health; it is an invaluable beauty aid and a wonderful ingredient for culinary use. Though overshadowed by almonds, walnuts and pistachios in recent times, it is worth rediscovering this wonderful nut/dry fruit and its health benefits.

Charoli Nutrition

Chironji or Charoli has plenty of nutrition and health benefits. Charoli has a slight acidic taste compared to that of the almond and is consumed by roasting it in a light flame. The composition of dietary minerals are water(3gms), fat(59gms), protein(19-21.6gms), fiber(3.8gms), calcium(279mg), carbohydrates(12.1gms), iron(528mg), vitaminB2(0.53mg), vitamin C(5mg), phosphorus(528mg), vitamin B1(0.69mg). The flavoring and taste are derived from Maleic acid, cardanol, anacardic acid and water soluble extracts in Chironji or Charoli.

1.Charoli Benefits and Uses

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Charoli is also popular because of its essence and freshness. Chironji nuts can be kept in an air-tight container for over 6 months and can be used fresh. There is generally no adulteration found in charoli. Chironji seeds is found is various colours such as black, white and cream. Enclosed in a hard cover, the inside of the fruit is extremely soft. The taste is a little acidic, almost like an almond. Generally before eating the chironji seeds, they are toasted or roasted as this makes the flavours come out from them.

Charoli/Chironji Uses

  • The use of charoli in the commercial markets ranges from food toppings to use in the preparation of medicines.
  • Charoli seeds are used as toppings in cakes and add flavour to desserts and sometimes used to thicken meats and gravy.
  • Charoli nuts is a perfect replacement for almonds because the oil that is extracted from the charoli has more household utility and medicinal properties as compared to the almond oil.
  • The bark of the charoli tree generates a juice known as tannin which is used in the leather industry as well as in making wine and beer, and other pharmaceutical products.
  • Chironji is also mixed with cow milk for better taste and acts as a disinfectant.
  • Chironji seeds are used to make fair skin.
  • Chironji seeds are used for glowing skin.
  • You can also make a chironji face pack for many beauty benefits.
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2.Charoli/Chironji Health Benefits

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Just one teaspoon of Charoli/Chironji seeds will give you charoli health benefits.Charoli is beneficial in many different ways:

  • Charoli is extremely cooling and is recommended for consumption in summer. Charoli/Char seeds help in cooling and gradually lowers the burning sensation in the body.
  • You can use charoli oil to improve texture of skin and remove blemishes. The Charoli/Char seeds oil that is extracted from the charoli seeds helps is relieving itching, blemishes, pain, rashes and other skin related problems.
  • The Charoli/Char seedsoil can also be used as an antiseptic application on wounds, swelling of glands and cures other problems.
  • Charoli/Boruda is used to cure blood infections and helps to improve the digestive system.
  • Consumption of charoli improves liver health and will reduce bile. Charoli treats diseases caused due to liver and gall bladder dysfunction.
  • The Charoli juice that is extracted from the charoli, benefits to treat diarrhea and chest pain. Charoli seeds will help bind stools in diarrhea. 
  • Charoli oil is a perfect ointment for skin and helps to restore the glow of the skin even at old age.
  • In summer when you feel thirsty, Charoli benefits to reduce thirst.
  • Charoli/Chirauli acts as a tonic and releases fatigue. Charoli also helps one feel energized and has cardio-tonic properties.
  • Charoli helps to treat wounds.
  • If you feel extremely tired then eating Charoli gives you energy
  • The Charoli seeds also act as a brain tonic and are useful in many genito-urinary problems like gleet etc.
  • Breathing problems due to congestion can be ameliorated with the help of charoli
  • Charoli is also an aphrodisiac for men. It improves semen quality, sexual vigor and premature ejaculation.
  • Diabetics can benefit since charoli controls blood sugar and blood lipid amounts.
  • Charoli also improves memory and brain capacity.

3.Chironji Seeds Benefits for Skin

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Since time immemorial, charoli seeds and the nuts have been used for making beauty products since they are extremely good for skin. Here are some of the things which can be done with charoli:

  • Charoli contains about 59% fat. The oil in charoli is like tonic for your skin. It makes your skin smooth, moisturizes it and removes dark spots.
  • Make a paste of charoli seeds and mix with cream and turmeric powder. Use of this paste will give a golden glow and smooth texture.
  • Charoli seed paste mixed with gram flour and curds can be used as a moisturizing, emollient face scrub. It will also improve color and tone.
  • If you are troubled by pimples, use charoli seeds paste, honey and lemon as skin moisturizer and cleanser.
  • Charoli paste mixed with aloe vera and sandalwood powder removes excess oils and leaves you with a fresh glow and clear complexion.
  • Make a paste of charoli seeds, add nutmeg powder, honey and lemon to improve skin texture and close pores.
  • Make a paste of charoli and rose petals and use as a facial scrub.
  • The seeds are mostly crushed and mixed with milk to make a face-pack which when applied on a regular basis gives a rare glow to the skin. The charoli nuts are full of vitamins and minerals, and are beneficial for skin and hair.
  • Charoli scrubs are highly beneficial for doing away with facial hair. Even if they do grow back, they will be the same colour as your skin and won’t be noticeable.
  • It is good against pimples and acne, and most of the medicines for treating them use the seeds as their ingredients. It helps one get a flawless skin.

4.Chironji Oil Benefits

  • Chironji oil is an excellent humectant and antibacterial agent.
  • The Charoli/Chironji seeds contain about 59% fat and the oil, besides flavoring foods, can be used on your skin as a beauty aid.
  • You can use the oil or simply make a paste of the seeds to get the benefit of chironji oil.
  • Chironji oil can also be consumed internally.
  • If you have diarrhea then add a few drops of chironji oil to fruit juice or to the rehydrating water. The oil will help bind stools.
  • If you are troubled by flu and your nasal passages are blocked by mucus then put a few drops of Charoli/chironji oil on steaming water and inhale. It will help expel mucus.
  • Charoli oil is an excellent remedy for inflammation and pain. Just apply topically after warming the oil a little bit.
  • Charoli oil, if eaten with seera or sweets instead of ghee, will help reduce acidity and burning sensation that is so common in summer.
  • Applying charoli oil on skin will guard it against prickly heat.

5.Charoli Recipes

Shahee Paneer Gravy

Ingredients

  • 200 grams paneer diced into cubes and lightly sautéed in ghee
  • 200 grams charoli, ground to fine paste with water
  • 1 capsicum, diced
  • 2 green chillies, split vertically
  • ½ cup green peas, boiled
  • 1 tomato-- paste or chopped fine
  •  ¼ cup carrots diced and boiled
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 spoon jeera powder, ¼ teaspoon red chillie powder and ¼ spoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves, 2 cardamom pods, 1 stick cinnamon, 2 star anise, 5 pepper corns, 2 bay leaves
  • Curry leaves, coriander leaves
  • Oil, salt to taste

Method 

  1. Put oil or ghee in a pan. Be generous with oil.
  2. When hot add ginger followed by jeera and then cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, pepper corns, curry leaves and bay leaves.
  3. Stir for a half minute and add garlic.
  4. Add tomato and chilly powder and turmeric powder and stir until tomato softens.
  5. Add boiled peas, paneer, capsicum and green chillies and stir until masala mixes.
  6. Add a little bit of salt. Stir.
  7. Add a few spoons of water and stir.
  8. Now add water and let boil until capsicum and green chillies cook a bit and then add chironji paste and stir at low heat.
  9. Add water to make a gravy as thick as you like.
  10. Cook a bit until oil separates.
  11. Remove, garnish with coriander leaves, a sprinkling of garam masala powder and lemon juice. Enjoy with Naan.

Gulab Charoli Lassi

Ingredients

  • 200 to 400 grams curds that have not gone sour
  • ½ cup rose petals ground to fine paste
  • 3 spoons of charoli seeds, lightly roasted in pan
  • 50 to 100 grams sugar powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of elaichi powder
  • Rose syrup

Method

  1. Chill curds and then put in a blender and run it until curds become smooth and then keep adding water until you get a smooth paste and then keep adding more water until you get the desired thick lassi consistency you like.
  2. Add rose petal paste and give it a whir and then add sugar powder and buzz until sugar dissolves and remove.
  3. You can use hand blender too.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and elaichi powder.
  5. Pour into glasses, top off with rose syrup, sprinkle charoli seeds and a couple of rose petals and chill before serving.
  6. You might want to embellish it with a dollop of cream.
  7. This is a cooling, energy-giving drink in summer, perfect for when you return after a hot day in the sun.

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Shoba, Jun 08, 2014

Chirolis not only make your desserts tastier, they are also good for your skin when applied topically. If lackluster skin is one of the problems that is keeping you awake at nights, then you can seek solution in a simple remedy involving chiroli seeds. Soak a handful of seeds in milk and make a paste of it. Apply it on your face twice a week you will get to find a glowing, younger looking face on the mirror very soon.

 

Barkha, Dec 02, 2014

Eating chironji is fun and for me its taste is better than that of almonds or cashew nuts. Chironji has a unique taste. While eating it gives me benefits of vitamin A, C, calcium, amino acids, proteins, linoleic acid, cardanol and anacardic acid, applying the paste to my face removes blemishes and gives my skin a fresh clean look. Simplest way to eat it is to add it to any sweet dish. A typical Indian dish is something like this: Boil a litre of milk over a low flame until it reduces to 250 ml. Add 50 grams sugar and stir until it dissolves. Separately soak saffron in some warm milk to which you add a spoon of cornflour. Let the reduced milk mixture cool and add saffron and cornflour mix. Pour in moulds, garnish generously with roughly crushed chironji seeds. Freeze and enjoy rabdi kulfi.

 

Ashika, Jan 18, 2015

My grandma says charoli is good for the eyes. No wonder, then, that at age 68 she does not need glasses. She adds powdered charoli to her glass of milk each day. Must be truth in her saying since she is living proof.

 

Dishi, Feb 05, 2015

If my cousin looks radiant and has glowing skin, she attributes it to extensive use of chironji in her home. Sweet dishes, lassi and desserts without chironji are simply unthinkable. Chironji improves liver function, purifies the skin and imparts a naturally healthy glow to your skin.

 

Rishikesh Kavthankar, Mar 11, 2015

Is there a machine which can remove the hard cover of charoli....

 

Gul e- Rana, May 24, 2015

Indian sweets without charoli? Unthinkable. Apart from its nutty flavor and delicious taste, charoni contains cardanol, anacardic acid and maleic acid besides calcium, iron, vitamin B2, C, B1 and phosphorus. Our elders always say charoli keeps you cool and eating it is helpful for gall bladder and liver.

 

Yoganidra, Aug 09, 2015

Eating chironji promotes better flow of urine, especially recommended for summer so prefer it to almonds or cashew.

 

rajni, Sep 07, 2015

charoli are rich in Vitamin E and zinc. chironji is also good for fair skin.

 

radhika, Nov 04, 2015

can we eat it raw???

 

Ekanta, Dec 31, 1969

yes but in limited qty

 

Anishka, Mar 18, 2016

Charoli seeds are used as toppings in cakes and add flavour to desserts and sometimes used to thicken meats and gravy yummm really it make dishes tasty

 

Nidhi, Mar 24, 2016

Charoli lassi is very yummy & easy to make

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