buchanania lanzan seeds (chironji)

Hindi terms: charoli, chironji
English terms: buchanania lanzan seed
Other terms: -
chironji (Wikipedia)

Buchanania lanzan
Charoli nuts
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Buchanania
B. lanzan
Binomial name
Buchanania lanzan

Buchanania cochinchinensis Lour.
Buchanania latifolia Roxb.
Lanzana solitaria Stokes
Lundia mangiferoides Puer. ex DC.
Mangifera silvestris King ex Roxb.
Spondias simplicifolia Rottb.

Buchanania lanzan is a deciduous tree which produces seeds that are edible to humans. It is known as chironji (or charoli). These almond-flavoured seeds are used as a cooking spice primarily in India.Buchanania lanzan is cultivated across India, primarily in the northwest. After the hard shell is cracked, the stubby seed within is as soft as a pine nut.

The charoli seed is lentil-sized, is slightly flattened and has an almond-like flavour. Though they can be eaten and used raw they are often toasted or roasted before use, as this intensifies the flavour.

They are commonly used in sweets in India. However, they are also ground into powders for thickening savory sauces and flavoring batters, and stewed into rich, meaty kormas. Charoli seeds are used in the Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine.