February 20, 2018

Sundakkai Vathal Chutney / Dried Turkey Berry Chutney / Chutney Recipe - 17 / #100chutneys

Sundakkai Vathal is nothing but a dried form of Turkey berry which is popularly used in Kuzhambu called Sunadakkai Vathal Kuzhambu. Apart from kuzhambu, these are used as thalimpu / tadka for curd rice. Turkey berries have lots of medicinal values but sadly, it is not liked by many people because of its bitter taste. And for today's chutney series, using these healthy berries I have prepared a delicious chutney which goes perfectly with hot plain rice. While serving with rice, add a dash of ghee or gingelly oil which helps to enhance the flavour. Apart from rice, this can also be served with Idly and Dosa. Dried turkey berry have a mild bitter taste so adjust the quantity of red chilli and tamarind accordingly.

Ingredients :

2 Tbsp Oil ( I have used Gingelly oil ) 
1/4 Cup Sundakkai Vathal / Dried Turkey Berry 
2 Tbsp Urad dal 
2 Tbsp Chana dal 
1 Big Onion, chopped 
7 - 8 Dry red chilies ( Adjust according to taste bud ) 
Small gooseberry size Tamarind 
Salt to taste 

For Tadka :

1 1/2 Tsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 Tsp Cumin seeds 
1/2 Tsp Urad dal 
1/2 Tsp Chana dal 
A pinch of Hing powder 
Few Curry leaves 

Method :

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add sundakkai vathal / dried turkey berry and fry it for half a minute. ( fry it in a low flame ).

Once done, remove from the pan and keep aside.

Now add the remaining oil and add urad dal followed by chana dal.

Fry till it starts changes its colour and add red chillies followed by chopped onion and tamarind piece.

Saute it together until the onion turns translucent and remove from the flame.

Cool the sautéed ingredients and grind into fine paste or little coarsely by adding the fried sundakkai vathal, required amount of salt and water.

Once done, transfer it to a bowl and keep aside.

For tadka, heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.

Once it starts spluttering, add urad dal followed by chana dal, cumin seeds, hing powder and curry leaves.

Now add the prepared tadka to chutney and serve.

Serving Options :

Serve with hot plain rice and ghee / gingelly oil or Idly and dosa.

Note :

Coconut can also be included in this chutney.

Sundakkai vathal / Turkey berry have a bitter taste so adjust the quantity of tamarind and red chillies accordingly. 


  1. I have never used turkey berries in my cooking, is it sour in taste? like tamarind? chutney looks so tempting.

    1. Thank you :) Fresh berries have slight bitter taste and dried ones will have more bitterness compared to fresh ones...

  2. As usual your chutney looks amazing. I think it's time for you to get a book doe just on your chutney recipes.

  3. I had tasted this years back when I lived in Chennai.. wonder if we get them everywhere as I have not seen any here in Mumbai

  4. Absolutely lip smacking chutney!I will see this each time i make idli or dosa!