Kodasige or Kodagasana is commonly referred as Kutaja (Sanskrit), a well-known medicinal plant majorly used in the treatment of diarrhoea, amoebic dysentery and other gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. It relieves the pain associated with the digestive system disorders. Kutaja/ Kurchi (English) is a flowering plant native to Africa & Indian subcontinent grows well in the hilly forest areas all over India. They are usually found as large shrubs or soft trees.The plant is scientifically named as Holarrhena antidysenterica or Holarrhena Pubescens. All the parts of this plant such as bark, leaves, flowers & fruits bear medicinal properties making it a powerful herb. The white fragrant and beautiful flowers resemble jasmine. The tambuli prepared by the dried flowers of Kutaja plant is being served to the new mothers for ages in the parts of south canara. It is considered as a postnatal food as it aids digestion! I remember as kids we used to collect these seasonal flowers during summer vacation and grandma used to store them after drying under sun. The flowers used in tambulis or as flavouring agents in curries. The beans of these plants are also used as vegetables to prepare curries/ gojju. Found the flowers recently in our native place when we were on vacation. Thanks to all my lovely family members for helping me to collect them! Special thanks to my mother-in-law for the preparation of this tambuli. Look here for the recipe to prepare tambuli from the scratch. It tastes slightly bitter and works as an appetizer.
Note: It is suggested to boil the tambuli if to be served to the new mother. This process of boiling is followed in our region and my mother suggests it.