Kanthari Mulaku in English
Kanthari Mulaku English name is Bird’s Eye Chilli
Kanthari Mulaku in Tamil
Tamil name is Kanthari Milagai.
Kanthari is a chilli variety widely used in many Kerala dishes. Generally, every house in Kerala has a Kanthari Mulaku plant. It is small with tapering fruits, often in clusters of two or three, at a node. They are dark green when immature and red when mature. The Kanthari is very hotter than the normal chilli. The burning sensation in Kanthari is due to a chemical compound called capsaicin. It is considered one of the hottest chillies in the world. The Scoville scale is about 50,000-100,000 SHU. Excess usage can lead to stomach irritation.
Kanthari is a perennial crop that lasts for years. The production of this chilli is very little. Kanthari chammanthi or Chutney is a popular Kerala side dish. It adds extra spiciness to the food. Kanthari make is used in many dishes like meen peera, thoran, buttermilk etc. The pickle made using this is very special.
Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam also use this chilli in their dishes.
Kanthari Mulaku Seeds
The Kanthari Mulaku seeds are usually dispersed by birds. They eat the ripe fruit and seeds are distributed by dropping. The seed of the mature red fruit is generally used for cultivation with proper care due to its burning sensation.
Kanthari Mulaku Health Benefits
- Kanthari increases the metabolism of the body and good for weight loss.
- It can lower the blood sugar of the body
- It reduces body cholesterol
- It increases appetite
- It has antibacterial and antifungal features
- It is good for heart health
- It prevents blood clots
- It is good for cold and flu
- It reduces arthritis pain.