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Kandmool (kan-thuh-mool),[needs IPA] sometimes rendered kand mool or kand-mool, is a Hindi[citation needed] word for root vegetables.

In biology[edit]

Among other species, the term designates Lilium polyphyllum and Morina longifolia.[1] A 1908 article describes "kand mool" as "a small shrub found in the jungles, and which is also cultivated. The root is parched or boiled, and considered most edible".[2]

In Indian culture[edit]

There is a legend that when Rama (Prince of Ayodhya) was exiled to forests along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, the royal family used to live under a thatch roof and used to feed on kandmool.[citation needed]

Very often street vendors in India, especially around places of pilgrimage, are seen selling the so-called Ramakand or Rama chandra kandmool. These vendors claim that this is what Lord Rama ate during his period of exile. Scientific examination of this food-item has revealed it to actually be a part of the agave plant.[3]

In literature[edit]

Poet Manisha Joshi released a collection titled Kandmool (transliterated from the Gujarati) in 2013.[4][5]


  1. Jain, V.; Jain, S. K. (2017-07-01). Dictionary of Local-Botanical Names in Indian Folk Life. Jodhpur: Scientific Publishers. p. 137. ISBN 978-93-87869-57-8. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Innes, T. E. D. (15 June 1908). "List of Jungle Products Used by the Poor During the Famine, 1896–97". The Tropical Agriculturist and Magazine of the Ceylon Agricultural Society. 30 (6): 547. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. Nimbalkar, Mansingraj S. (2011-05-10). "DNA barcoding for identification of the enigmatic plant Ramkand" (PDF). Current Science. 100 (9): 1277. JSTOR 24076585.
  4. Joshi, Manisha; Jadeja, Gopika (2016). "The Sadness of a Stoic: A Conversation with Manisha Joshi". Indian Literature. 60 (6): 126–133. ISSN 0019-5804.
  5. Joshī, Manīshā,. Kandamūḷa (Prathama āvr̥tti ed.). Mumbaī. ISBN 978-81-7997-422-3. OCLC 885313828.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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