Friday, June 22, 2012

Pachai Sundakkai kuzhambu / Raw Turkey berry sambar

Pachai sundakkai (raw turkey berry) - 2 Tblsps
Green Capsicum - 1 small
Toor Dal - 2 Tblsps
Tamarind - 1 gooseberry size
Sambar powder - 4 tsps
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp for seasoning
Coriander leaves

Wash the pachai sundakkai (Raw turkey berry) nicely
Cut the capsicum into medium pieces and wash nicely.
Keep Toor dal in a vessel with water and pressure cook.
Take the thick tamarind water in a vessel .
Now put the pachai sundaikai and capsicum pieces into it.
Add sambar powder, salt , haldi powder, hing and curry leaves
Now allow the liquid to boil nicely.
Add the cooked toor dal from the pressure cooker and mix nicely
Now boil the sambar for some more time till it thickens.
Now garnish with coriander leaves.
Take oil in a kadai and season with mustard seeds.
The pachai sundakkai kuzhambu is ready to be had with any curry of your choice or sutta appalam also.

I would like to tell u that the berry plant grows flower which is white in colour and later turns to round green berries.This berry is also known for its medicinal value in killing stomach worms,curing ulcer etc.
This berry is soaked in curd and sun dried for later use. The dried berries become black and bitter.
The dried berry can be used to fry and put in sundakkai Vatha kuzhambu or can also be roaste in a little ghee and mixed with hot rice and eaten with a few dollops of ghee. We will really enjoy the little bitter taste.


  1. Never tasted this vegetable..

  2. very new to me .. and look awesome

  3. Hi ,

    looks delicious ,

    i love sundaikkaai...

    Keep on Dear:)

  4. I never heard about turkey beery.. interesting one

  5. It is so nostalgic for me to see raw sundaikai. Amma makes it a lot, but out here I don't think it is available. I use the dried ones often.

  6. very interesting...very new to me....looks good.

  7. Wow Indu- I don't even know what turkey berries are. Its new to me as well. But i'm happy to be here as I learnt something new and off to lookout for some turkey berries. I love sambar with all its variations..

  8. I have never seen those berries... good to know that something like that exists, will google to know more about them.

  9. Wat a healthy kuzhambu..seriously loving it.

  10. what is turkey beery? very new for me? thanks for visiting me...

  11. When I am in Coimbatore I used to made this kzulambu....after seeing this recipe the taste is coming in my mouth....delicious recipe.

  12. I have heard this is a lovely dish. But do not have these berries. I think we get the dry ones in a shop.

  13. Never tried this, it looks fabulous!

  14. Looks so inviting and delicious...mouthwatering!

  15. Very healthy sundakai is. In Mumbai i hardly find this. Yum it looks. :)

  16. Delicious n healthy looking recipe.

  17. Hey Indu,

    Glad to know you and thanks for stopping by at my space. I have never tried this recipe but have seen a lot out here in Bangalore, may be now can give a try :)

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog and the wonderful comments. You have a nice space here. am your new follower now.

    - Meg's Delicious Adventures

  19. Never tried this, If I could get hold of this, I would love to try your recipe for sure.. looks so inviting