Kachnaar ki kali are beautiful yellow blossoms of St. Thomas's tree also known as Bauhinia Tomentosa. This is what it looks like. I believe the leaves and flowers of this plant has medicinal values too. Here the ladies have made a sabzi(sauted preperation) with the buds, looks yummy!
more about kachnaar here
1. Kachnar kali (buds) 250 g
2. Onion 1 medium
3. Garlic 2 cloves
4. Ginger ½ inch piece
5. Dhania Powder 1 and ½ tsp
6. Haldi Powder ½ tsp
7. Chilli Powder ¼ rsp
8. Rice Powder 1and ½ tbsp
9. Oil 4 tbsp
10. Garam Masala pinch
11. Salt to taste
12. Few methi (fenugreek) seeds
o Boil buds for five minutes till tender.
o Grind onion, garlic and ginger to make a paste
o Put oil in karahi , crack mathi seeds and and fry the paste till light brown.
o Add all the dry masala ( dhania, haldi, chilli and salt) till masala leaves oil.
o Add boiled buds , mix in masala and cover for 2 minutes on slow fire.
o Remove the lid and add rice powder and fry for another 5- 10 minutes. Sprinke Garam masala and Garnish with Green Corriander.
o Serve with roti/ paratha.