Friday, May 22, 2009

Sundakaai Kara Kuzhambhu

Sundakaai, was not at all my favourite. one day my Keerakara amma made me buy a pack of sundakka. When i tried it in dal, i liked it, it is not as bitter as it is in vathal/dry salted form. Then i tried this karakuzhambhu, we liked it and now iam buying a pack of sundakka, once a month. It improves digestion. Now-a-day's, i take much care to add digestive aid's to the food we cook. The following are some of the digestive friendly, that can be added to our cooking, Ginger-Garlic, corriander seed's, Cumin Seed's, Saunf, corriander leaves, Mint leaves and curry leave's.

Coming to Sundakka, It is called as Turkey Berry in English. Its vastly used in Tamil cuisine and Thaai Cuisine. Check more about it in Wiki.

Sundakkai

Again Iam repeating..Green Sundakka don't taste bitter. it just gives a subtle taste.

I prepared the kara kuzhambhu, as i prepare Vatha Kuzhambhu, but with less oil.



Ingredients:

Sundakkai - 20 (remove its stem & cut into half or just crush each, with spice grinder stone mortor.)
Garlic - 7 pod's
Shallots/small onions - 1/2 cup(min 10 in no.)
Tomato-1
Dhania powder/Corriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Sambhar Powder - 1 tbsp
Tamarind- a small lime sized ball
Oil-1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal or Bengal gram dal- 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-10

Method:

* Remove the stem and Wash the sundakka's and Crush each sundakka or cut them into half and keep aside.

* Soak the Tamarind in half a cup of luke warm water for 5 minute's. Squeeze the tamarind and get ready with your tamarind water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, 1 tbsp Corriander powder, 1 tbsp Sambhar Powder and little salt to the tamarind water and mix well. keep it aside.

* Get ready with your shallot's and Garlic.

* Now Heat a Thick Bottomed Vessel or kadaai, add oil, when it's heated, add mustard and let it pop. now add methi seed's, curry leave's, garlic and shallot's/small onion's. saute them well. add the finely chopped tomato and saute it along.

* Add the sundakkai and saute it for half a minute. Now add the Tamarind water and mix well. Lower the flame and close the kadaai with a lid, and let it sit on low flame for about 10 minutes, till the sundakka gets cooked.

Serve it hot Rice.



You can prepare this dish, for a person, who have recovered from fever. its really good to improve the taste bud's. and also improves digestion.

Sundakka Kara Kuzhambhu

Sundakka Vathal / Dry Turkey Berry:

Sundakka Vathal



If you want a home-made medicine to improve your digestion, then here it is.

1. Heat two tbsp of oil in a pan.

2. Put some 10-15 sundakka vathal and fry them for a minute.

3. Crush the fried sundakka and put it in a bowl of rice and have a tsp of ghee and mix well with the rice. consume it to improve your digestion. Repeat this for a Week on every meal.



Check my sundakka dal here. its the basic dal recipe. remove the stem of sundakka and crush the sundakka and cook it in a cup pf water for about 5 minute's and then add to the dal. Moong dal is preferred. it tasted so good too..

Have a Great Week end!!
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