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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HOW TO CLEAN SUNDAKKAI (TURKEY BERRY)

Sundakkai(Bhankatiya, in Hindi) is known for its healing properties. It is slightly bitter in taste and helps in proper digestion. It destroys intestinal worms and bacteria. Malai sundakkais are less bitter than naatu sundakkais. Turkey berries (Sundakkai) should be cleaned and de-seeded before cooking. After cleaning, these can be used in kozhambus and also sundried and preserved for a year.

THE PROCEDURE OF CLEANING SUNDAKKAIS:

Select green sundakkais.


Remove the stalks. Crush slightly with a stone crusher.

Drop these into a bowl of water. Using your hand, slightly press the sundakkais inside the water and rinse well. The seeds will settle down in the bottom. Take out the sundakkais. Discard the water. Fill fresh water and repeat the procedure twice. The sundakkais (turkey berries) are ready to use.

25 comments :

  1. We had a big bush of this plant in our backyard in my mom's place,I remember crushing it like you have said. I liked to to that in-spite of hating eat sundakkai

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  2. We had sundakkai at our backyard in Chennai. My mom used to prepare sundakkai vathal.

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  3. never know that cleaning of turkey beans involve a procedure like this.Very useful post

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  4. Very helpful post.. thanks for sharing !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  5. Thanks for the tip, I never knew this.

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  6. We do the same way too, very useful post..

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  7. my fav veg...i miss so much here..

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  8. Fresh sundakkai looks so good to see - we hardly get this here.

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  9. I too do the same way...missing the plant at home and the fresh berries.

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  10. I think this is follow up for the previous post on the sundaikkai. I like them very much and hardly have had them in years now. It is a very useful procedure post!

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  11. I use the turkey berries as such without deseeding.Henceforth will follow ur method.

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  12. பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி...எனக்கு அம்மா செய்யும் சுண்டைக்காய் குழம்பு ரொம்ப பிடிக்கும்...ஆனால் இங்கு தான் கிடைப்பது இல்லை...

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  13. I've never seen this berry before..sounds new and interesting..very informative and useful post!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. I've never seen this berry before,very new to me and so informative post.Thanks for sharing.

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  15. really very useful tips,i never knew this.thank u

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  16. jeanne dela cruz

    good to learn about preserving and preparing turkey berry. HERE IN HAWAII, I DISCOVERED THIS TURKEY BERRY AND DID NOT KNOW WHAT IT WAS. THANKS AGAIN

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  17. சுண்டக்காய் கொழுப்பும் ரத்த கொதிப்பும் சூப்பராக குறைந்துவிடுமே

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  18. I bought some of this few days back, and remembered your post, thanks for sharing this very useful

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  19. V usually put d berries on chapati roller n press hard with dhal churner. I really forgot that seeds shouldn't b consumed

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  20. nice post , but Why do we need to remove the seeds ? instead we can eat the whole to get the full benefits ?

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  21. Hi,

    nice article.... Thanks for share with us......
    Cooks in chennai

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