: Does anybody know the English or Latin name for "swendara", a root that is used in Sri Lankan cooking?
I've since discovered that the botanical name for Swendara is "andropogon muricatus" (possibly the same thing as "vetiveria zizanioides"). The sanskrit name is "usira", the (?)Bengali name is "cus-cus plant" or "khas-khas plant" and the Indonesian "akar wangi".
None of which got me any closer to what it actually is! The name "khas-khas" suggests poppy seeds to me but that can't be right.
There is a lot of info on the net about essential oils made from this root but I can't find anything "culinary".
Do any of the above names ring a bell? It's definitely an aromatic grass or forager of some kind.
What Is "swendara"?
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