Marathi Moggu or Kapok buds, is best described as a type of caper. They are the dried buds of the Kapok tree or the Silk Cotton tree. The name can be misleading of its native region, since Marathi moggus are grown in Karnataka. The term moggu (kannada) means a bud. This flavourful spice is used in some of Karnataka's signature dishes such as Bisi Bele Bath, Saagu, Kannadiga style kootus to name a few. To get the best of its flavor, it is roasted, ground and then used in the desired dish. The flavor is unique and unparalleled and carries a deep sense of homeliness in its scent.
Marathi moggu is not used only in Karnataka. Several Andhra style dishes use this as a specialty spice. This spice is widely used in preparing curry powders and also finds a place in Chettinad cuisine.