As I have said in my earlier post, I love love vathal kuzhambu than any other kuzhambu. Usually vathal kuzhambu recipes made by brahmins/ iyer 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? . 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.
Usually, vathal kuzhambu and kootu is the best combination to serve. Thogayal also goes well with this.