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sundakkai vathal kulambu with rice

sundakkai Vathal Kulambu, How to make Vathal Kulambu

An authentic curry with Sundakkai Vathal (Dried turkey berry) from South India. A tasty and lip-smacking side dish for Rice
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword sundakkai vathal kulambu, turkey berry, vathal kulambu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 301kcal
Author F for Flavour


  • 1/4 cup Sundakkai Vathal
  • 15 Shallots
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Sambar powder
  • 1 Lemon sized Tamarind
  • Jaggery a small piece
  • 1/4 cup gingelly oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Chana Dal
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • Curry Leaves few
  • Salt As required


How to make Sundakkai Vathal Kulambu

  • Soak lemon-sized tamarind in 1 cup of water for atleast 20 mins. Squeeze well and discard the pulp. In a small tadka pan, fry the sundakkai vathal(sun dried turkey berry) till it puffs up. Drain the oil and keep the fried sundakkai aside.
  • In a pan, add Gingelly oil/ Nallennai. Now add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds for tempering. Let mustard crackle.
  • Now add curry leaves and Dry Red chillies.
  • Add chopped shallots and garlic. Cook till shallots turn soft.
  • Now add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt. If you do not have sambar powder, add 1 tsp of Red Chilli powder and 2 tsp of coriander powder. fry for few seconds
  • Its time to add tamarind extract. Make sure the kulambu is watery now. If not, add 1/2 cup of water to make it watery.
  • Let it simmer for 15 mins in low flame. After 15 mins, you will be able to see the oil floating.
  • Now add fried sundakkai vathal and a small piece of Jaggery. Let it simmer for 2 mins.
  • Switch off the flame. Serve with steamed Rice along with appalam(papad).


  • You can use vathals like manathakkali, maa instead of sundakkai.
  • If you do not have sambar powder, add 1 tsp of Red chilli powder and 2 tsp of coriander powder.
  • Don't hesitate to add 1/4 cup of oil. It gives nice taste to the vathal kulambu.
  • Adding Jaggery is optional