Singada ( pani ka phal) or the water caltrop * is a fleshy fruit which is mostly anchored in mud which is logged with water.The fruit looks spiny and has two horns.The fruit is rich in carbohydrates and used a substitute diet on fasting days.
Singade ki ata (flour of the dried fruit) is available in most supermarkets.The halwa is of this flour is eaten in very moderate quantities for the strengthening of the uterus during pregnancy.
The flour is used in making rotis and this cures the excessive discharge in women.
The flour is boiled in water and this decoction is taken to reduce symptoms of burning during urination and it also tackles other urinary disorders.
(People suffering from constipation can avoid Singada . It is advisable to avoid drinking water for at least half an hour after eating singada.)
* trikona phalam in Sanskrit.