5 Top Benefits & Side Effects Of Kudampuli !

kudampuli benefits

Lately, a magical fruit called Kudampuli in Tamil (Garcinia Cambogia and Malabar Tamarind in English) is getting very popular as a weight loss remedy after it was mentioned in a popular T. V show that it aids in quick weight loss. The principal constituent of kudampuli is HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid). HCA is popularly believed to have loads of heath benefits which includes preventing fat accumulation, suppressing appetite, increasing muscle mass, reducing LDL cholesterol and also improving overall health!

What was once sold as a black, unattractive looking dried fruit for adding in certain curries (especially fish curries) is now sold as a supplement in attractive bottles all over the world. I was first introduced to kudampuli by a friend from Kerala, in Kerala they use kudampuli instead of regular tamarind in some recipes, especially fish curries.

What is Kudampuli (Garcinia Cambogia)?

Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit of a tree. Usually the fruits are dried and then used in cooking, when dried they look almost black like in the picture above. The fresh fruit looks like a small beautiful pumpkin and the color of the fruits vary considerably from light green to yellow or red depending on the ripeness.

The fruits fall off the tree once ripe and the fruit once opened has seeds covered with flesh, though the flesh can be eaten, it is usually not as it is too sour. The fresh fruits are rich in vitamin C but it is almost unpalatable due to it’s sharp sour taste. Many confuse kokum (Garcinia Indica) with kudampuli, though they belong to the same genus, they are different.

How Is Kudampuli Dried?

The thick outer rind is sun dried to bring the moisture level down and then smoked till it turns black spread under coconut husk. Then the fruits are rubbed with salt and oil and then stored in earthen pots. Like our regular tamarind, kudumpuli also lasts longer at room temperature but since it is smoked, always make sure to wash it well to remove any dirt before using.

kudampuli for weight lossKudampuli (Garcinia Cambogia) Tree:

Garcinia cambogia trees are commonly found in the evergreen forests in the western ghats. The botanical name of kudampuli is Garcinia Cambogia (old name), the new name is Garcinia Gummi Gutta. The trees grow to a height of 20 meters, they have soft branches, dark green leaves and ovoid shaped fruits.

This fruit has been in use for thousands of years but not many know of it. Actually in olden days, only kudampuli was used instead of regular tamarind for imparting sour taste to certain dishes. Though both tamarind and kudampuli are sour, kudampuli has a unique sharp sour taste.

Since kudampuli has health benefits, it is considered best to use than normal tamarind and in Kerala they still continue to use kudampuli following the old traditions. Apart from India, few other countries like Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia also use kudampuli in their cuisine. Kudampuli is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote digestion and also as a remedy for arthritis and ulcers.

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Garcinia Cambogia Chemical Constituents:

The main chemical constituents found in garcinia cambogia are xanthones, benzophenones, organic acids and amino acids. Out of these, HCA which stands for hydroxy citric acid is reported to be present only in Garcinia and Hibsicus species and it is significant. It is said to be the ingredient that is responsible for inhibiting adenosine triphosphate-citrate lyase which plays a key role in cholesterol and fat accumulation.

Garcinia Cambogia Common Names: 

It is commonly called Malabar Tamarind or Pot Tamarind in English, Hila | Velaiti Imli in Hindi, Palam Puli | Koda Puli in Tamil, Kudampuli in Kerala, Simachinta in Telugu and Uppage in Kannada. Since it was used in olden days, it is also called as Palam Puli in Tamil, meaning tamarind that was used in olden days.

kudampuli benefits Kudampuli Health Benefits:

1.  Anti Inflammatory Properties:

Garcinia cambogia has wonderful anti inflammatory properties and it is especially useful for people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases. They will greatly benefit from taking garcinia cambogia as it has both anti inflammatory and gastro protective properties, you can read the study that proves it here.

2. Kudampuli Benefits For Gastric Ulcer:

Traditionally garcinia cambogia was used as a remedy for treating gastric ulcers. If you are suffering from gastric ulcers, I would suggest switching over to kudampuli instead of regular tamarind. It has wonderful anti ulcer properties, you can find the link to the study that proves it here.

3. Anthelmintic & Anti Bacterial Properties:

Kudampuli exhibits good antibacterial and worm killing activity. You can read the research that proves it here.  If you are suffering from intestinal worms, try drinking a cup of the juice I have given below, it will greatly help. Since it has antibacterial properties, you can use the extract as a disinfectant too.

4. Anti Diabetic Properties:

Garcinia cambogia also reduces blood sugar levels if taken in huge amounts so it is good for diabetic patients. But please remember that this property is only in the fresh or dried fruit. When you are taking garcinia cambogia weight loss pills especially in multi component garcinia cambogia formulations, the effect can vary so please consult your physician without fail before taking it.

5. Kudampuli Benefits For Weight Loss:

It has been popularly believed to reduce body fat by inhibiting an enzyme called citric acid lyase. Though this claim was found to be true in the clinical research done in rats, it failed to produce the same results in humans. You can read the research that proves it here.

Many companies sell pure garcinia cambogia extract for weight loss and it is generally advised to be taken before meals for suppressing appetite. I would kindly suggest researching well before taking garcinia cambogia extract as a weight loss supplement.

garcinia cambogia pure extractWhere To Buy Garcinia Cambogia?

You can easily find the fresh fruits in Kerala, many village homes in Kerala have garcinia cambogia tree in their backyard. Next time I visit Kerala, I will make sure to picture fresh fruits and post it in the blog. Dried fruits are sold in most of the departmental stores. If you want take it in tablet form, garcinia cambogia weight loss pills are available online but research well before using garcinia pills regularly for weight loss.

Kudampuli (Garcinia Cambogia) Side Effects:

Garcinia cambogia if taken like how it was done by our elders will not cause any harm and it has low toxicity too. But please be careful when taking it as a supplement, though many companies market it as an effective weight loss supplement, there is no concrete evidence that it works and above all some commercial formulations leads to liver toxicity, you can read the study that proves this claim here. Pregnant women, lactating mothers should avoid garcinia cambogia supplement.

Kudampuli (Garcinia Cambogia) Dosage:

If you still plan to take garcinia cambogia for weight loss, the general suggested dosage of HCA is 500 mg taken an hour before meals. I have given a recipe using natural kudampuli below, it can be used for treating stomach ulcers, intestinal worms and also for treating indigestion and inflammation of the stomach. You can also consume it instead of store bought garcinia extract.

kudampuli side effectsHow To Make Garcinia Cambogia (Kudampuli Drink) At Home?

1. Wash kudampuli well in water to remove any dirt.

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2. Soak it in water for an hour or two, the color of the water would have changed.

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3. Dried kudampuli which is hard also will turn soft.

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4. Boil jaggery in water till it is dissolved and then strain to remove any dirt. Add the required amount of soaked kudampuli water to it and boil for a few seconds.

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5. Pound cardamom and dried ginger in a mortar and pestle coarsely. You can also grate in nutmeg if you like, I usually don’t add nutmeg.

5. Add the pounded mixture along with a pinch of salt and switch off.

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6. Strain and enjoy your drink.

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  • Kudampuli is very sour, don’t add too much of the soaked water, you won’t be able to drink it.
  • Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels if consuming this drink.
  • Try to incorporate kudampuli in regular day to day cooking to avail it’s health benefits.
  • I have not given any exact measurements as the amount of sourness and sweetness to be added will vary greatly from person to person. Try with very little amount of kudampuli soaked water, you can always add it later if the sourness is not enough.


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    September 27, 2016 / 7:40 pm

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  2. Anonymous
    October 14, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Hello Ramya,Very useful information. Thanks.I am from Maharashtra where Kudampuli is not easily available.Does Kokum (Garcinia Indica) has same medicinal properties as Kudampuli? Kokum is easily available and is regualrly used in Maharashtrian cooking.Regards,Suwarna

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 10, 2016 / 1:06 pm

      Both kudampuli and kokum have different medicinal values and can't be used interchangeably…

  3. Simmi Shekhawat
    December 6, 2016 / 6:14 am

    This is really very informative Article for those who are suffering from Overweight. This is a Natural way for weight Loss.Thanks for this useful Knowledge.

  4. guru raghavendra
    December 16, 2016 / 10:45 am

    i am really willing to visit forming place of this fruit for research purpose. can you please support me by collecting information from your friend, specific location where this will be grown. it really help our research on this product. you can reply me here or on my number is 8050763541 thank you,

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 23, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Garcinia cambogia is not commonly found in Tamil Nadu but if you visit Kerala, you will very easily find it…..

    • sibi thomas
      September 22, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Now the season is over. But it is plenty available in Kerala during June to August season

  5. Anonymous
    December 21, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Hi,Please lemme know if a person who have weight proportionate to height and have belly fat . My concern is if consume kudampuli will he/ she go underweight.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 23, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Hi, kudampuli will only assist weight loss if it is accompanied by calorie controlled healthy diet and exercise. Eating kudampuli alone without calorie reduction will not lead to underweight…

  6. nila
    January 15, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Hi Ramya, could you please tell me when can I take the drink, which means empty stomach or anytime, and how long … (For weight loss)Thanks in advance

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 10, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      I would suggest taking it in between meals when the stomach is almost empty. Take 1 cup of this kudampuli drink once till the desired goal is reached but please don't overdose on kudampuli…

    February 12, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Any way to buy kudampulli sutting in mumbai

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 10, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      You get kudampuli in health stores and some departmental stores stock it too…

  8. Unknown
    February 23, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Can I take it as powder?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 10, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      You can take Garcinia Cambogia in powder form but I would suggest taking the proper dosage….

  9. Karthi Keyan
    August 14, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Mam, I found Garcinia Combogia pills in many sites for weight reduction, their results are all showing big shocking. Almost they are reducing 10kg in an month. .Is it really works. .Pls guide us

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 14, 2017 / 11:38 am

      I would suggest you research well into it as I am not able to find any study that proves garcinia cambogia (kudampuli) aids weight loss. Also 10 kg in 1 month is extreme, no herb will be able to do that and you would have lost muscle mass and water not fat…

  10. Unknown
    September 15, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Hi one of my friend told me if we are taking Garcinia cambogia ,it will affect our sexul activity . Is it right?. how many days need to take this water. I am 95 kg hight 160 . Please replay me timeshlive@gmail.com

  11. bob
    October 19, 2017 / 8:08 am

    can diabetic patients take this concoction? what will be the effect ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 14, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Garcinia cambogia (kudampuli) reduces blood sugar levels so it is good for diabetic patients but take it without the sugar…

  12. Unknown
    November 13, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Hi akka, Can we use this to make sambar, rasam etc? nanri

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 14, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Yes, you can use kudampuli for making rasam and sambar…

  13. Ambeesan P
    November 27, 2017 / 12:24 am

    It is highly appreciable for educating the people about the good effects of this type of herbs or the plants gifted by the nature to the mankind. I pray for the blessings of the almighty to you for the yeoman service.

  14. Unknown
    January 9, 2018 / 10:15 am

    Will it help to cure ulcer… How to take it… Pls adviceam

  15. Jagadeesan Palanisamy
    February 10, 2018 / 7:55 am

    Soacked water or boiled water which is good. If it is boiled there is any chance of the medicinal value minimized.

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      July 2, 2018 / 8:16 am

      When we boil kudampuli, vitamin C might be lost but other medicinal uses like weight loss, anti ulcer and anti diabetic properties will remain the sameā€¦

  16. Viswanathan
    March 2, 2018 / 9:16 am

    Hi madam,This is Viswanathan from Coimbatore, Tamil nadu. May I know where I can get kudampuli. What is price per kg.

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      July 2, 2018 / 8:12 am

      We get kudampuli in almost all the departmental stroes in Tamil Nadu. A kilo of kudampuli cost around 900 to 1000 rupees….

  17. Anonymous
    March 10, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Hi Mam,The information shared here is very useful and thank you for such a wonderful article.I have question about what remains after filtering the water.After I have boiled and filtered the remains of kudampuli to get the water, can we use the remain for any other purpose ? Or is it like i missed something and there should not be any remains.

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      July 2, 2018 / 8:14 am

      After boiling kudampuli, you can use the remains to clean brass vessels just like our regular tamarind……

  18. Malini
    August 9, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Akka intha drink epo kudikanum? Between meals ah illa one hour before meals ah? How many times kudikalam Akka? Plz time iruntha video podunga Akka apdiyae naa kaeta pitha vedippu tips..

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      August 27, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Hi Malini, read this for pitha vedipu: Cracked Heels and you can drink it once in between meals. Start with twice a week and slowly increase the frequency…

  19. Natarajan K
    July 16, 2021 / 5:13 pm

    I read that kudampuli may cause serious damage to liver, brain etc. This needs attention and caution.

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      July 17, 2021 / 6:28 pm

      Hi Sir, the usage of kudampuli dates back centuries and in my humble opinion, it will no cause any problems if had in moderation. Only if we have the isolated extract, it is harmful

  20. Suparna Chakraborty
    August 18, 2023 / 1:08 pm

    Akka is it we cannot take kodumpuli alone? We must add jaggery, salt, etc.?

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