Marathi Moggu, Red Silk Cotton Tree Pods
Latin – Bombax ceiba Pods
Kapok Buds or Shalmali
Parts Used : Buds or Pods
Origin : India
Uses : Marathi Moggu or Red Silk Cotton Tree Pods are Widely used in South Indian especially Chettinad Style spice.
The unopened buds or pods of the Red Silk Tree are brown in colour when dried and pointed. Sometimes they are confused with Capers (Capparis Spinosa), as they look similar in pictures. But these are definitely not Capers.
Marathi Moggu has a fragrant taste and is used in specialist South Indian (especially in North Karnataka) cuisine such as “Chettinad Chicken” “Bissi Belle Bath” & “Vaangi Bath” etc