Sundakkai / Turkey berry has many health benefits and are used in preventing and treating diseases in Ayurveda.

Turkey berry is rich in iron and can be consumed by those suffering from anaemia. This can be had to treat all the stomach related problems. Including turkey berry in the diet for kids will help them with their cough and cold.

Sundakkai – 1 cup
Coriander seeds – 3tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
Peppercorns – 1 tsp
Red chilly – 3 to 4
Small onion (Shallots) – 20
Ginger – 1 inch
Garlic – 7 to 8 cloves
Tomato – 1
Mustard – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 10
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp


Take a pan and dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, pepper corns and red chilly. Once the aroma comes out and the colour changes remove it from the pan and allow it to cool in a plate.

Now add oil to pan and drop in the shallots and saute for a while. Then add ginger and garlic and saute for another 3 mins. To this add the tomato pieces and saute till they become soft.

Transfer the dry roasted ingredients to a mixer jar and grind it to a fine powder. Once they are done add in the other ingredients and grind it to a fine paste by adding in some water.

In the cooker add 2 tsp of oil , to this add in the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Now pour in the masala from the mixer. Adjust the consistency by adding water, then to this add turmeric powder and salt to taste.

Take the Sundakkai and wash it. Place them in a plastic bag and pound them to break. Remove it from the plastic bag and wash them in a bowl of water 2 to 3 times. Now add them into the cooker with the masala and leave it for 3 to 4 whistles for the Sundakkai to cook.

The Sundakkai kolambu is ready to serve with rice. Pappad will be a good combination with this.