Chironji is a spice very popular in India, which is made from the seeds of a tree called Buchanania lanzan tree, belonging to the Anacardiaceae (cashew) family. These trees are native to northwestern India. Chironji is the kernels of the fruit which is eaten both as a spice and nut. After the kernels are removed from the fruit, they are soaked for a period of 7-8 hours and then scrubbed well. They look similar to soybean and have a soft texture. Chironji is used widely in Indian cuisine in both sweet and savoury dishes.
When buying chironji choose whole small nuts without any insect infestation or impurities like stones and dirt.
Chironji seeds may cause loss of appetite, especially in people with a weak digestive system. They may also cause constipation.(2)
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