Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Sundaikkai is a bushy, erect and spiny perennial plant. The fruits are berries that grow in clusters of tiny green spheres that look like green peas. They become yellow when fully ripe. They are thin-fleshed and contain numerous flat, round, brown seeds.. In Tamil Nadu, the fruit is consumed directly, or as cooked food like Sundaikkai Sambar, Sundaikkai Vathal Kuzhambu. The word 'Vathal' means sun dried vegetable. so sundakkai vathal means sundried sundakkai vegetable. After soaking in curd and drying, the final product is fried in oil as Sundaikkai vathal.

The sundakkai vathal have various properties and are used in bowel complaints and for reducing fever. 
 In the Middle East, a sour drink is made from them to relieve stomach upsets.
This sundakkai vathal is mainly included in Dwadasi menu.


pure ghee -   ¼ cup
Sundakkai  vathal – ½ cup teaspoon


Heat ghee in pan, and fry the sundakkai vathal  on a medium flame till roasted without  burning it.
Strain it with a slotted spoon.
Sundakkai vathal is ready to serve.

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