Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chundakkai Kuzhambu/Sundakkai Kuzhambu

Chundakkai/Sundakkai is known as turkey berry in English. This berry can be used in kuzhambus in fresh form or dried form. Usually they are preserved by soaking in buttermilk and sun-drying them.  They have many medicinal benefits. They are great for diabetes. They also effective against stomach ulcers and worms in the stomach.

Today's recipe, Chundakkai Kuzhambu is not the regular Tamilian style Vathal kuzhambu. This is a typical Palakkad Iyer preparation using Tuar Dal. These kind of kuzhambu come in really handy when you run out of vegetables. Tastes great with rice and any vegetable stir fry/Mezhukupuratti/thoran or even with some Paruppu thogayal and pappadam. 

Serves - 2 to 3

What you'll need 
  1. Chundakkai Vathal – 1/3 cup
  2. Tuar Dal – ½ cup
  3. Tamarind – Lemon sized ball
  4. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  5. Sambar Powder – 2 tbsp
  6. Jaggery – 1 tsp (optional)
  7. Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Curry Leaves – few
  10. Coriander Leaves – few
  11. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  12. Oil – 2 tbsp

  1. Pressure cook the tuar dal with a pinch of turmeric until soft. Mash and set aside.
  2. Soak the tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes.
  3. Squeeze and extract the juice. Dilute the tamarind extract to measure 2.5 cups
  4. Transfer to a vessel. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida, sambar powder, jaggery and salt to taste.
  5. Let this boil for 7 to 8 minutes or till the raw smell disappears.
  6. Lower heat and add the mashed dal and about ½ cup to 1 cup of water. Adjust salt. Bring to boil.
  7. Add curry leaves and coriander leaves and remove from heat.
  8. Heat a small frying pan with oil,  add mustard seeds, once the seeds sputter add the chundakkai vathal and fry till crisp. Add to the kuzhambu.

Serve with plain rice and paruppu thogayal or any vegetable stir fry of your choice.


Rumana Ambrin said...

So yummy looking curry..

Torviewtoronto said...

looks fabulous delicious picture

Ms.Chitchat said...

Yum yum sundakkai kuzhambu, nice simple version.Tempting click too.

Amuthis Kitchen said...

My favourite one. Looks delicious

Rafeeda AR said...

oh that last pic is so tempting...

Nagashree said...

Looks authentic, I have never tried this Kuzumbu. Will try and get some of those preserved berries from the store next time. Thanks for the recipe!

Anu s kitchendelights said...

Delicious the platter served...

Chitra Ganapathy said...

Looks nice.Bookmarked !

Shanthi said...

very tempting kuzhambu..awesome presentation...

Veena Theagarajan said...

looks so tasty and flavourful..

Suja Manoj said...

Tempting authentic dish,perfect with rice.

Julie said...

yummy delightful platter,lovely!!

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