Bauhinia Variegata is a species of flowering plant in the legume family fabaceae. It is native to an area from China through southeast asia to the Indian subcontinent. Common names include orchid tree and mountain ebony. Kachnar is a local name in India for the edible buds collected from the tree; it is widely used as an ingredient in many Indian receipes. Traditional Kachnar curry is prepared using Kachnar buds, yogurt, onions and native Indian spices. Kachnar buds are also eaten as a stir-fried vegetable and used to make achaar, a pickle in many parts of the Indian sub-continent.