Monday, April 3, 2006

Sundakkai Vatral Kozhambu

"Sundakkai"s botanical name is "Solanum torvum" and "Turkey Berry" in English,"Bhankatiya, katai in "Hindi","Usthikaya" in Telugu and "Sundakkai" in Tamil.
Sundakkai is soaked in buttertmilk,salt and dried in "sunlight".It tastes bitter ,salty.So these are called "Vatral" after dried in sunlight.
This kozhambu(Tamarind gravy) can be a fiery tasting but equally great & tasty preparation.This is prepared in two variations.One using no Garlic/Onions , another using Both Garlic and Onions .This is more on Sour side and also a little HOT.
SundakkaiVatralKozhambu
Ingredients:
Sundakkai Vatral - 7 no(Usthikayalu in Telugu)
Onions-1,chopped
Tomato-1(small) chopped
Drumstick Pieces -6
Garlic-2pods crushed
Ginger-1/2 inch crushed
Curry leaves - a few
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind paste - 1lemon size(or)1tbspn paste
Asafoetida(Inguva/Perumgayam/Hing)
Pepper -1/2 tspn
Oil - 3 tbsps
Salt to taste
Sundried Sundakkai
Method:
In a pan,heat Oil,fry "Sundakkai" in goldenbrowncolorand keep it aside.Add Mustard seeds in the same pan let the mustard starts to crackle, immediately add Asafoetida and coarsely broken Pepperafter spluttering,add Onions,crushed ginger-garlic,turmeric pwd & saute for a while.Then,add chopped tomato,Drumstick pieces fry for a while.Add fried Sundakkai,Redchilli,Sambar pwd,Tamarind paste and Salt to that along with some water and bring to a boil and let it simmer for another three minutes until u will get the aroma of sambar pwd.Serve Hot KaraKozhambu with steamimg Rice.See this link for about Sundakkai in
in English

This is my entry to “The Spice is Right - Ancient Spices” food blog event,by Barbara's Barbara of Tigers and Strawberries.


RecipeSource:Aunty

49 comments:

RP said...

Hmmm I have never cooked with Sundakkai. How does it taste, and where can I buy it in the US? Anyway, nice blog & beautiful pictures. I am adding this to my favorites so I can visit more often.

RP said...

Me again...What does the drumstick pieces in the recipe mean?

KrishnaArjuna said...

Vineela,
Dish looks great!
I never saw this veggie before. Can you tell me its name in telugu? How does it taste like? Is it available in US?

Luv2cook said...

Vineela:

I have the same questions as KA and RP :). The dish looks delicious so I want to know more about it :)

Vineela said...

Hi rp,
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Sundakkai tastes bitter like bittergourd.
So,they will soak in salt water and dry in sunlight.I bought in India.I think it will be available in all IndianStores.Karakozhambu can be made with vegetables like tomato or Okra or Brinjal(all theses veggies r substitute to" sundakkai") with just chilly powder and the rest of the ingredients remains the same.Have a look at ur nearest Indianstore in PAPADS Section where u can get "mormilagai"(soaked in buttermilk & sundried green chillies")etc.U will get these sundakkai also there.
http://www.sakthimasala.com/products/spicesandmasala.html
http://www.sgr777foods.com/products_pappads.htm
Next Drumstick is a vegetable.
http://www.nre.vic.gov.au/trade/asiaveg/thes-23.htm
I bought drumsticks from indianstore(Nirmal brand) which will be available in frozen section.
Hope u can find these ingredients and enjoy cooking.
Vineela

Vineela said...

Hi Arjuna,
It is usthikayalu in Telugu.
It is soaked in buttermilk&salt and dried in sunlight.U ca get in Indian stores where "Uppumirapakayalu" will be available.
Hi Luv2cook,
Thanks for dropping .Hope u got answers.
Vineela

Lakshmi said...

dish looks good, even i didn't know in telugu, may be it is "Ussarikaayalu"

Santhi said...

hmmm it does look like dried usiri kayalau......
Never heard of this dish vineela..
looks mouthwatering...

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Kitchenmate said...

Vineela: I love this gravy, we have this plant at our home in India. Yummy gravy isn't it? My mom makes arachuvita pulikulambu with fresh sundakai's(recipe calls for coconut) and it tastes yummy!! During my next India Visit, i am going to take pictures of those plants:)

Jasmine said...

Hmmm...do you know what the Malayalam word for the spice is? Your description of it is so familiar...I think my mum makes this...

j

ejm said...

This sounds really interesting, Vaneela.

I don't know if I've ever seen drumsticks either. I just googled and see that they might also called "Sanjana" or "sejan ki phali". We'll have to ask at our favourite Indian store... I can't say that I remember seeing them but of course, that doesn't mean they haven't been there! (Have you ever noticed that when you learn about something new you suddenly start seeing it everywhere?)

-Elizabeth

P.S. I wonder if Sundakkai might be alittle difficult to find in US... I just googled and see that it is classed as a noxious weed in several states! plants.usda.gov - Solanum torvum Sw.

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