Sundakkai (Turkey Berry) Vathal Kuzhambu

Recipe Categories: Indian, Medicinal

Sundakkai (Turkey Berry) – A rich source of dietary fiber and vitamins which effectively eliminates stomach worms and improves digestive power.

Sundakkai Vathal Kuzhambu



  • Sundaikkai vathal – 2 tbsp
  • Tamrind – lemon size
  • Turmeric powder – 2 pinch
  • Sambar powder – 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Toor dal – 1 tsp
  • Mustered Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Gingelly Oil – 4  tbsp
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp(optional)
  • Grated Jaggery – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste


  • Soak the tamrind in warm water for approx 10 min. Mash the tamarind well and extract (filter) the water.
  • Take a kadai and heat the oil. Then add mustered seeds. When it splutters add toor dal, fenugreek seeds and curryleaves and stir it well.
  • Add Sundaikkai vathal fry until brownish black color. Make sure Sundaikkai vathal doesn’t burn. Cook it in the medium flame.
  • Add Sambar powder, turmeric powder, hing and grated coconut and mix it well.
  • Then add tamarind water and salt, stir it well. Cook until the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the grated jaggery and mix it. Boil until the oil seperates out (you can see it float on top).
  • Serve it hot with rice and Papad.

There are 5 Comments

  1. Posted by Riya Nath Reply


    very mouthwatering and delicious recipe…can i make this with fresh sundakkai instead of the husband doesn’t like the taste of vathal..

  2. Posted by ramya Reply


    Pls describe the meaning of vathal….hw can we make sundaka vathal at home?

    • Posted by Suvayo Suvai Reply

      Hi Ramya, Vathal is any vegetable that is sun-dried. To make Sundakkai Vathal here are the steps.
      1. Soak Sundakkai in soar buttermilk (salt mixed) until the Sundakkai becomes soft (around 2 days).
      2. Then squeeze the soaked Sundakkai from the mix and sun dry it until all the mositure is completely gone (this might require a couple of days).

  3. Posted by S.SAVITHA Reply

    hi madhu,

    i have a doubt. why chilli powder is not used in sundakkai vathalkuzhambu, why we use sambar powder.

    • Posted by Suvayo Suvai Reply

      Hi Savitha,
      I used a home made Sambar powder which has the chilli and all the essential spices. If you are going to use the off-the shelf product, you can use Chilli powder, turmeric and dhaniya powder. I will try to post a recipe for the homemade Sambar powder.

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