Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sundakkai Vathal Kuzhambu /Dried Turkey Berry Curry

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I love Sundakkai in Kuzhambu n one of my fav dish ever..! I learnt this authentic South Indian speciality from my MIL...!
This simple dish tastes divine and bursts with flavor , when added to hot steamed rice with a touch of ghee.  It also tastes good with plain yoghurd rice.
Indians wherever they are, go craze for this dish and would love to taste it with roasted pappads...!
This delicious kuzhambu can be prepared with both  fresh sundakkai  ( Turkey berries ) or dried ones..!!
The dried ones are prepared by soaking the fresh berries in yoghurd and salt for a couple of days and sun dried. This can be stored in air tight containers and used for months together.
Health benefits:
  • Turkey berries are good for mouth & stomach ulcers.
  • They are rich in fibre content.
  • It is considered as a good antidote for worms in stomach.
  • It helps in controlling blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disorders.
And , this is how my MIL makes this delicious sundakkai Kuzhambu…:)
  • Dried sundakkai                         - ½ cup
  • Oil                                            - 3 tbsp
  • Onion                                       - 1
  • Tomato                                     - 2
  • Turmeric pwd                            - a pinch
  • Red chilly pwd                          - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander pwd                           - ½ tbsp
  • Pepper pwd                              - ½ tsp
  • Thick tamarind juice                   - ½ cup
  • Jaggery                                    -  a little
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves
To temper:
  • Mustard                                    - ¼ tsp
  • Cumin                                       - ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek                                 - 1 tsp
  • Split urad dal                            - ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves                              - handful
For Spice powder:
  • Toor dal                                    - 2 tsp
  • Channa dal                                - 2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds                          - 1 tsp
  • Red chilly                                  - 1 or 2
  • Coriander seeds                        - 1 tsp
  1. Dry roast the spice ingredients and grind to fine pwd.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add dried sundakkai vathal and roast for few mins.
  4. Take it aside and reserve.
  5. Now add the seasonings mustard, cumin seed,  fenugreek, curry leaves and split split urad dal.
  6. Wait to crackle then add finely chopped onion and sauté till transculent.
  7. Add finely chopped tomatoes and fry till oil separates.
  8. Add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, pepper pwd, coriander pwd and salt.
  9. Sauté well and allow to boil for 2 mins.
  10. Add thick tamarind juice, 1 cup water and allow to cook covered.
  11. Once it attains thick consistency, add spice pwd and a pinch of jaggery and mix well.
  12. Cook for 2 more mins and add roasted sundakkai vathal and combine.
  13. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings.
  14. Stir for 2 mins and turn off the flame
  15. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  1. Delicious tongue tickling vathal kuzhambu ready to enjoy…:)

Meet you in next post…until then,


  1. spicy and yummy vathal kuzhambu!!

  2. delicious vatha khuzhambu!!

  3. I've never tasted sundakkai. The curry looks just yum. I would love to try this out if I can lay my hands on turkey berries

  4. Hi Jay,

    The kulambu looks nice and tempting...:)


  5. Very new n interesting recipe..thanks for sharing Jay!

    US Masala

  6. One of my favorite veg. curry. Thank you, dear.

  7. Thanks dear friends for your comments...I appreciate your thoughts & valuable feedback...:)

  8. Hey jay,

    Sundaikai vathal kuzhambu is really superb and healthy, I love this receipe, am missing you taste. keep it up

  9. Vatha kuzhambu is a fav of mine and I love with sundakkai too..Looks so good Jay...

  10. Loved the Curry. Very spicy.Would definitely try it out very soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  11. Interesting new recipe..looks delicious

  12. Vathal kulambu looks delicious.

  13. What an absolutely gorgeous dish

  14. spicy and yummy vathal kuzhambu!!

  15. New to me..Looks delicious Jay.

  16. kuzhambu looks very delicious ..i had this vathal kuzhambu at sarvana bhavan n its was awesome ,urs too ..


  17. Wow...delicious and mouth watering....its my favourite dish...

  18. Looks very spicy and yummy.

  19. Super dish and looks greattt!!

  20. I remember having tasted something similar when I was at Thekkadi.The plants grow there in plenty.But I don't see them in Kerala.

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  22. oh this looks like a great dish!

  23. Love this curry... nice spicy and tangy... perfect with hot rice and papad.

  24. Totally drool-worthy..looks spicy and awesome.

    Aaha Oho

  25. I like this kuzambu too. Looks Yummmmm!!!!

  26. funny enough, but I love munching on them, while my hubby passes them on to me from his dish! These berries are awesome, and your dish is too!

  27. wow my fav too jay,luks very tempting...Well presented.

  28. Lovely vathal kuzhambu.Yummy.

  29. Vathakuzhambhu with freshly ground spice powder will surely taste yum. love the addition of sundakkai in that. try this version soon

  30. thank you for visiting my blog...i too make this hubby's fav...have added u to my blogroll

  31. lovely and yummy looking dish out

  32. hi there,
    other than sharing a fetish for sweets we do have a common interest in the fictional authors too! loved your space, very creative and wonderful presentation and writeup.
    Rock on !

  33. healthy curry and looks spicy!

  34. never tried this but im sure it tasted yum

  35. I love this very very much,very flavorful one! I love with curd rice the best!

  36. delicious not sure if I have had this looks good

  37. I like sundakkai vathakuzhambu too! Didn't know that it was called turkey berry!

  38. spicy and aromatic curry!

  39. This is my favorite vathal kulambu .Today I learnt the english word for sundakkai (turkey berry)

  40. Hello from Italy! I found this blog and I really like your kitchen!
    Skip to us, we like to exchange cultures and recipes!

    I hope you like what we do!

    Many greetings from Italy!

  41. wow really delicious and cant wait to have with rice and some papad!

  42. plz pass some rice and curry...........

  43. Another fantastic dishe here! It was nice your MIL is showing you some home meals! I have never tried TurkeyBerries before. I'll have to look for them or see what I can sub for them! Thanks for sharing!


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