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Monday, July 15, 2013

sundakkai vathal kuzhambu
       As I have said in my earlier post, I love love vathal kuzhambu than any other kuzhambu. Usually vathal kuzhambu recipes has only vathal and no onion or garlic I think. But we make it with both. Though this time I made without garlic, we usually add finely chopped small onions and garlic. I love sundakkai vathal fried darkly to accompany curd rice. Never tasted the ones in these kuzhambu. Don’t ask about sundakkai kootu or sambar, I will run miles away from it. My mom insists to eat it for its health benefits. But I can’t eat. I love vathals but. We had sudakkai plant in our backyard, still have one at Salem. It yields a lot of sudankkai (turkey berry). I like to make vathals out of sundakkai, its an interesting process. Yes, my mom washes and spreads the berries and we use a clean hammer to gently nudge on it and open it up. Then its all added to sour buttermilk and sundried to make vathal. Its stored and used through out the year.

      I always wonder how our cuisine uses up the vegetables in form of vathals and it comes handy to cook at home, even when there is no vegetables in hand. Cool right? Cool. Sundakkai has a lot of health benefits, though I don't know many, one main thing is it can help you to get rid of worms in tummy, especially for bachelors who eat outside food and kids. Its also rich iron.

sundakkai vathal kuzhambu

Sundakkai vathal kuzhambu recipe

Indian Lunch
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 2


Sundakkai vathal (dried turkey berry) 20
Onion 1
Tamarind Gooseberry sized
Sambar powder  2 & 1/2 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Jaggery 1/2 tsp
Salt As needed

To temper

Sesame oil 2 tblsp
Mustard 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp
Urad dal 1 tsp
Toor dal 1 tsp
Jeera/ cumin seeds 1 tsp
Curry leaves 1 Sprig


  1. Chop onion finely, extract tamarind juice by soaking it in hot water for 10 minutes.  Make it 2 and 1/2 cups by adding water to it. Set aside. Heat a kadai with sesame oil, temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Before adding curry leaves, add sudakkai vathal and fry until everything turns golden brown in colour. Make sure the vathal gets fried. Add curry leaves followed by chopped onion. Fry till it turns brown here and there.1-vathal-kuzhambu
  2. Add the tamarind juice, bring to boil, add sambar powder, turmeric and salt. Lower the flame to medium.2-vathal-kuzhambu
  3. Boil for 6-8 minutes or until oil separates, towards the end, add jaggery and mix well. Switch off the flame when the kuzhambu gets thick.3-vathal-kuzhambu


    • You can replace sudakkai vathal with any other vathal.
    • You can make this as no onion no garlic too. Add asafoetida while tempering. Or you can also add on finely chopped garlic in this recipe. Adds more flavour.
        Usually, vathal kuzhambu and kootu is the best combination to serve. Thogayal also goes well with this.

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  1. Yes as u said vathakuzhambu is no onion and no garlic :) variations are always there :) so we can add the garlic and onion :) The first snap shot with coconut thokayal :) i am drooling!

  2. Love tangy kind of side dishes with rice..looks yumm

  3. best comfy food!!! love the delicious vathal kuzhambu!!

  4. yummy and my most favorite kuzhambu

  5. One of my fav too Raks. we prepare it without onion and garlic as Aparna n u said. YUmmy with steamy rice...isn't it?

  6. Raks amazing recipie :) loved the clicks and how i wish to eat that plate full of tasty food :) yum yum :)

  7. Lovely clicks. My fav :)

  8. Color is perfect I will try

  9. Now that s some thing that i would like to eat with hot rice and ghee. Yumm

  10. Its my favorite... Looks so tempting

  11. my fav too..love to eat it with curd rice...tempting clicks

  12. I love vathakulambhu too its my fav,when had with kootu its at its best nothing can be compared, I have never made it without garlic but this looks good will def give a try to this.

  13. Always love this and you are tempting me right now so much ...I got same in draft too

  14. super tempting vathal kuzhambu .. Love ur thali

  15. Enna oru superana combo. My menu for tom is planned. Pretty clicks

  16. this is my fav..i love vathal kulambu

  17. Alltime fav....this with rice I can have it anytime of the day

  18. One of my favs.. I always have extra rice when this is prepared :)

  19. Nice Raks. Easy to prepare too.I know one more variety everything is same but I will fry and grind onion + garlic with this it will give different taste

  20. Hi
    I tried today. never tasted before sundal vatta kuzhampu. Did you powder urad dal, toor dal and fenugreek seeds. so I will do better next time

    1. No just add it to hot oil as such.

  21. Awesome recepie. . I want to know if I can make this without adding any vathal..

  22. Hi Raks, Itired this recipe and it turned out fine except that it was a bit bitter. What would have been the reason?

    1. May be its from too much of turkey berry or you have nt fried properly


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