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Saara Pappu (Charoli/Chironji)

Saara Pappu (Sara Pappu)

These nuts are called “Saara Pappu” in Telugu. They taste just like almonds and we usually add them in kheers, payasams and kulfis. I am curious to know their English Name, any help from fellow food bloggers and readers of this blog is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Hi Indira- love the taste of saara paruppu. It is called melon seed and I think it is called chironji in hindi.

    Comment by mika — October 2, 2005 @ 9:43 pm

  2. Please check the following web page:
    Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce

    They say that these are called ‘Chironji’ in English and the botanical name is ‘Buchanania Lanzan’.

    Hope this helps.

    Comment by vj — October 2, 2005 @ 10:57 pm

  3. Mika.. Thanks so much for giving me the Hindi name. I yahooed Chironji, lots of information out there, now I know everything about these nuts.


    Comment by Indira — October 3, 2005 @ 7:59 am

  4. If I am talking about the same, it must be available as “charoli” with Indian grocers.
    I did not know Andhrites use it in their sweet meats.

    Comment by Sakhiya — October 3, 2005 @ 4:01 pm

  5. Sakhiya, I didn’t know that they are avilable here, I brought these from India. I am difinitely going to look for ‘Charoli’, during my next visit to subji mandi. Thanks!
    Yep, we use them too, mainly in payasams(kheers). There is one Hyderabad recipe with these and vermicelli, very famous payasam, tastes quite good.

    Comment by Indira — October 3, 2005 @ 9:47 pm

  6. Hari bol Mataji!
    The closest name it might be called in English is “Indian Cashews”. This is the same plant mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam as “Piyala”.
    I’d love to find some of these and see if they can sprout to grow as trees!

    Comment by Bhakta kevin — December 8, 2005 @ 10:08 am

  7. Give me the hindi name for couscous.
    Thanks in advance.

    Comment by toral — January 20, 2006 @ 9:39 am

  8. Hi Indira - I came across a recipe for vermicilli pudding which called for “cudapah nuts” .. and when I checked the picture it was of charoli! so maybe that’s the engish name? have not verified it though…. Aisha

    Comment by ABA — April 6, 2006 @ 9:15 am

  9. Hi Indira,
    They are called Aimondette tree ,Cuddapah almond.
    Bye and all the best.

    Comment by SHELVI AGARWAL — June 20, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

  10. Yes..they are Cuddapah Almonds. Latin name is Buchanania lanzan.
    Source :

    Comment by Anuradha — July 23, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  11. They r called chroli in english

    Comment by geetha — September 14, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

  12. According to the site,chiroli/chironji is called sunflower seeds in English.

    Comment by Rajeshwari — November 5, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

  13. Priyalu is a very important nutritive item in
    India, particularly in the Adivasis.I would like
    to know about the clinical & pharmacological work carried out onthe seeds of the plant.

    Comment by Dr Ashok Vaidya — November 6, 2006 @ 4:13 am

  14. hi,indra in english it is cuddapah almonds.

    Comment by shaila — June 18, 2007 @ 2:16 am

  15. Charoli: Botanical name is Buchanania latifolia.
    It grows mainly in East India and Burma.
    Belongs to the family Anacardiaceae, related to cashew. There are plenty of references in botanical books & databases. Try the USDA as well. Cheers/

    Comment by gautam — July 26, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

  16. we used to call charoli, cake seed. the east indians/goans/ mangloreans use it during christmas time in a sweet called newries.Well at least my mom used it.

    Comment by Lets — May 22, 2008 @ 9:57 am

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  18. We have family business of processing of chironji and supplying mainly in North India big cities, will appreciate if someone can advise me to supply this dry fruits in International market like US, canada and UK. If there is any direct International customer, please contact me. Thanks, Nasim

    Comment by Nasim Rizwee — February 18, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

  19. We have family business of processing of chironji and supplying mainly in central India big cities, will appreciate if someone can advise me to supply this dry fruits in International market like, please contact me.

    Comment by Ritesh rathore — May 29, 2009 @ 7:59 am

  20. We are one of the biggest manufacturer of “chironji” in INDIA. Please advise me to supply this dry fruits in International market.
    Please do contact:
    Deepak Agrawal,

    Comment by Deepak Raigarh — July 11, 2009 @ 7:20 am

  21. We are one of the biggest manufacturer of “chironji” in INDIA.
    Atul Agrawal,
    Mobile no. 09993320012

    Comment by Atul agrawal — September 8, 2009 @ 11:22 am

  22. Charoli is the english name of Chiraunji. It is used in desserts and for making face packs.
    It is inside of the seed of a fruit which is known as Piyar pithor which is found in Ranchi area. There the ladies do barter with equal amount of salt.

    Nutmug is Jayphal

    Comment by Meera Trivedi — March 3, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  23. charoli may be the english name of chironji. In Maharashtra, around Aurangabad it grows in abundent. It generally grows on hills. If you go to Daulatabad fort, 7 miles form Aurangabad it grows as a herb. it is also called as Char ki Chironji. For sure it is not a melon seed. The skin and the pulp of the fruit is also eaten.On breaking the nut you will find chironji.

    Comment by ali syed arshad — October 29, 2010 @ 9:32 am

  24. Cudappah almond (Terminalia catappa), referred to in some comments, is not Charoli but an entirely different tree, native to South India but commonly cultivated in gardens all over India. It has a much larger seed and a different flavour. Charoli seeds are very small, and the tree (Buchanania lanzan) has an unmistakable ‘crocodile’ bark. Charoli is common in the drier areas of peninsular India.

    Comment by Bharat Chitale — December 26, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

  25. We have family business of processing of chironji and supplying mainly in North India big cities, will appreciate if someone can advise me to supply this dry fruits in International market like US, canada and UK. If there is any direct International customer, please contact me.
    Neyaz Akhtar


    Comment by Neyaz Akhtar — May 7, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  26. CHIRONJI OR CHIRAUNJI OR CHAROLI, Its botanical & family name is Buchanania Lanzen - Anacardiacea

    Comment by Tapan Singh — June 28, 2011 @ 3:08 am

  27. Charoli are the tiny nut-flavored seeds of Buchanania lanzan, used as a cooking spice in India. Buchanania lanzan is cultivated primarily in the northwest of India. After the hard shell is crack, the tiny seeds within is as soft as pine nuts.

    Charoli is also called chirongi, often used in sweet desserts, grounded into powders for thickening savory sauces, flavoring batters, and stewed into rich , meaty kurmas.

    sushil taori

    Comment by sushil taori — December 15, 2011 @ 4:40 am

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  31. Need about 2kg of buchanania lanzan seed for germination. If somebody can supply, contact me 9951511401

    Comment by Rajagopalachary Tirumala — September 13, 2017 @ 11:03 am

  32. I am native of Anantapur District, AP. I require 5 kg of this saara pappu/ chironji. My contact cell no is 9490 242 242. Can any one give rate and supply details please.

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