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Also Known As : Gambooge, Brindleberry, Malabar tamarind, Assam fruit, Goraka, Vadakkan puli and Kudam puli, Garcinia gummi-gutta, Malabar tamarind.
Technical Name : Garcinia Cambogia


Taste Profile

Kodampuli tastes sour with astringent notes.

Usage Tips

  1. Kodampuli is used mostly in the cuisine of the regions it's grown.
  2. It is a popular souring agent added to curries especially fish curry.
  3. When using it, first rinse it well then soak in hot water for some time and then add the fruit to the dish.
  4. Always wrap it tightly in plastic and then put it in an air-tight container away from other spices as it may affect their aroma.

Common names and forms

  1. Cocum (Kudampuli)


Kodampuli is a very popular fruit in Southeast Asia, South India, West, and Central Africa. It is a small to medium-sized fruit with a yellowish-green to a reddish-orange color. It has a thin skin with vertical lobes running across its body. It is used for imparting a sour taste to dishes especially curries. The peel of this fruit is rich in hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which according to the latest findings helps in weight loss. When the fruit ripens, it's plucked and seeded, sun-dried and then smoked. It turns black and shrivelled. Kodampuli is widely used in dried form than fresh.

Health benefits

  • Kodampuli contains Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which regulates cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body thus helping to improve the functioning of all the organ systems.(1)
  • The HCA also converts excess calories into glycogen which helps in increased energy rather than storing the calories as fat, thus aiding weight loss.(1)
  • It releases serotonin in the body, which uplifts the mood, lowers levels of stress and can help in treating depression.(1)

Selection Guide

Buy Kodampali in sealed packaging rather than loose to avoid dirt and debris. It should be free from moisture and moulds.


Excessive consumption of kodampuli may lead to liver toxicity, ketoacidosis, and pancreatitis.(2)

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