Wild Melon

Wild Melon

Kachri is a wild variety of cucumbers. Fresh kachri resembles a brown yellow small melon, which grows wildly in the desert areas and is seldom cultivated as a crop. Dried kachri, when used in cooking, adds a tangy taste. Since fresh kachri is rarely available outside Rajasthan, the use of kachri powder is popular. It is the real earth food growing wild, and becoming a protein rich vegetable for people living in the harsh arid areas of Western India, where it is hard to grow conventional vegetables.Dry Kachri is used extensively in Rajasthani cuisine.
Dried Kachri mixed with minced lamb meat along with garlic, ginger, and fresh herbs and left for half a day helps make the meat succulent. Traditional Shish kebabs also use this.
Advantages Of Dry Kachri:-Though not much is known about the benefits of this vegetable, it is known to be packed with antioxidants and boost one’s immunity.It is said that it works as a tonic, cooling agent and a stimulant, especially for gastrointestinal issues.Also, regular use of the powder is said to cure minor skin issues like boils, lice, itching. 

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  •  1.Predominantly grown in the desert areas, and seldom cultivated as a crop, kachri is a variety of cucumber with a brownish-yellow tint and resembles a small melon.
    2.“Kachri is initially bitter, but sweetens to have a sour, melon-like taste as it ripens.
    3.It is sometimes eaten straight from the fine, but can also be pickled or cooked in everyday dishes like other vegetables.
    4.Sun-dried kachri is used in stir-fries or ground into a powder to add flavoring to other dishes or chutneys,” described the chef.