Chala Kaayi ~ Indian Cherry is a seasonal fruit. The tree grows in Malnad region, usually not seen in plains. The fruit has a thick dark green skin, inside is a hard seed covered in clear sticky liquid. There's one variety which has slightly thinner skin. The cherry grows in summer usually February to April. It is used for making pickles. Oil, salt, red chilly powder are the basic ingredients; ready for consumption after 4 to 6 weeks. Chala Kaayi Uppinkaayi goes well with rice or if the skin is still crunch it can be eaten like a snack too.