Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sundakkai Kuzhambu

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Sundakkai Kuzhambu:

I love Sundakkai in vatha kuzhambu…one of my fav dish ever ..! 
It tastes delicious with steamed white rice & roasted pappad. I learnt this recipe from my MIL and this recipe is very good and am happy to share it with u all. 

Sundakkai or Turkey berries is a medicinal veggie and  it is good for stomach. It has been considered as a good 

antidote for worms in stomach & for treating stomach ulcers. By using it as a regular dietary supplement, one can control blood pressure, diabetes and kidney, liver disorders. Also it helps to generate more healthy juices in the pancreas, which ultimately helps in the well being & physical fitness.

Herez the simple and tasty recipe for Sundakkai Kuzhambu…:))


·Sundakkai / Turkey berries                          - 1 cup
·Small onion                                               - 12 to 15
·Garlic                                                        - 10 pods
·Tamarind                                                   - a lemon size
·Oil                                                             - 3 tbsp
·Mustard                                                     - ½ tsp
·Cumin                                                       - ½ tbsp
·Turmeric pwd                                            - ¼ tsp
·Red chilly pwd                                           - 1 tbsp
·Coriander pwd                                           - ½ tbsp
·Pepper pwd                                             - ½ tbsp
·Tomato                                                     - 1
·Fenugreek                                                - 1 tsp
·Curry leaves                                             - 5 to 7
·Coriander leaves                                        - handful
·Salt to taste


1.     Wash and chop Sundakkai / berries into halves.
2.     Soak tamarind in a cup of water.
3.     Heat sesame oil in a frying pan.
4.     Temper with mustard, cumin and curry leaves.
5.     Add garlic and sauté to golden.
6.     Add chopped onion, fry to transculent.
7.     Add berries, sauté for 3 to 4 mins.
8.     Now add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, coriander pwd , pepper pwd, salt and allow to mix well.
9.     Add chopped tomato, sauté until it is cooked.
10.  Add thick tamarind pulp, a cup of water and allow to cook covered.
11.  Meanwhile, dry roast the mustard, fenugreek and cumin seeds.
12.  Allow to cool and powder them.’
13.  Once the berries are cooked and kuzhambu got thickened to the desired consistencey, add this pwd and combine.
14.  Turn off  the flame after 2 to 3 mins.
15.  Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

16.  Serve hot with white steamed rice with a tsp of ghee.


  1. சூப்பர்ர்!! எனக்கும் ரொம்ப பிடிக்கும்..எங்கம்மாவும் இப்படிதான் செய்வாங்க...

  2. oh I bet this is great with rice!

  3. wow looks fantastic dear. never tried this.

  4. I love this kuzhambu!. Looks very yummy.

  5. Me too...Love to eat it...Amma used to make it all the time...But after a long time seeign this gravy very tempted...thanks for sharing...

  6. Never heard bout these berries before...the recipe luks gr8.

  7. kuzhambu looks very delicious n yummy ....its totally new dish for me but looks very tempting ...thanks for sharing

  8. I've never heard of them. This looks so good though. I wish I could try it!

  9. one of my Husband's fav. I always have dried ones in hand... will have to try this if we get the raw ones ... Thanks for sharig this recipe.

  10. Favorite food from childhood days. I can't find it in the US. I guess you brought this from India?

  11. Sundakkai vathal kuzhambu looks really good.

  12. This is known as Thai pea eggplants. I love it in curries too. Learnt something new!
    Looks very delicious, will certainly try it.

  13. never heard abt these back home nor here!...should look for them!curry looks very delicious!

  14. Thanx for dropping by & plz be around...:)

  15. Interesting recipe.. looks too good.. thanks for sharing dear.. nice clicks!!

  16. Very new recipe, and ingredient either.

  17. excellent with rice, my fav kuzhambu, superb

  18. Mouthwatering gravy, would like with papads and rice, yummy..

  19. One of my favorite...Looks great !!!

  20. Wow looks delicious..never heard of these berries..new to me Jay!!

  21. A delicious curry! Perfect with some rice :-)

  22. never heard of these berries!
    would love to try something new!

  23. mouthwatering recipe....can have this anytime with rice or chappatis...very tempting dish!!!

  24. not had this before, wld love to try these..wish u cld mail some...or we cld taste this thru the screen...

  25. I am not a big fan of sundakkai,infact I remember those days I cry to eat this veggie in my childhood ;D

  26. This dish looks very delicious.Had this made with dried sundakkai for the first and last time at a friend's place.

  27. really delicious one. i had this from my frnds place really yummy one..best combo with rice.. yummy

  28. Nice Dish.Never had this before.looks so delicious!

  29. i never used fresh sundakkai,always use the dried one.sounds nice

  30. I love cooking with fresh sundakkai. Will try your recipe next time I get fresh ones.

  31. Wow.....love this kuzhambu, looks mouthwatering and yummy.

  32. Hi Jay..how r you doing? Just came back from accompanying my daughter to Arau Perlis for her new semester...Your dish looks tempting..That turkey berries, we called it terung pipit or terung peluru in Malay..ngeee...can also add in sambal ikan bilis too..nice!

  33. Do you have any other name for these berries? I would love to try it out.

  34. I love sundaikai kuzhambu as well...looking forward to visit home land for this terrific recipes:)

  35. Dear Friends,
    Thanks for ur inspiring comments..They really mean a lot to me...:)
    Have a nice day...!

  36. Hy Lizy,

    Thankz for ur precious time n liking d new recipe...!
    "Sundakkai"s botanical name is "Solanum torvum"
    and "Turkey Berry" in English,
    "Bhankatiya, katai in "Hindi",
    "Usthikaya" in Telugu and
    "Sundakkai" in Tamil.

    Hope You can find this sundakkai as dried ones named as Sundakkai vatral in Indian stores.
    When Sundakkai is soaked in buttertmilk, salt and dried in "sunlight". It tastes bitter and salty.
    So these are called "Vatral" after dried in sunlight. And can be used to prepare kuzhambu.

    giv a try and enjoy this delicious and healthy curry...!

  37. Wow! kuzhambu looks hot and spicy, using fresh sundakkai will taste too good dear:)

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  39. Hi Jay ,
    Got the raw sundaikai ..made this kuzhambu it was too good and we all enjoyed it a lot ...Thanks once again for sharing this recipe ..

  40. The picture looks very yummy. I didnt know that sundakkai has got such medicinal values. Is it good for pregnant ladies too?


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