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Sundakkai Poriyal (Turkey Berry Sauté)

 Published 2023-Jan-30   Updated 2023-Jan-30

- Submitted by Beryl

(சுண்டைக்காய் வறுவல், Turkey Berry Poriyal, Pea Eggplant Sauté)

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Sundakkai (Solanum Torvum or Turkey Berry) is a rare vegetable. It is hard to find in shops, especially for those who live abroad. Even in India, it is found only in few shops once in a while. The dried form of Sundakkai is commonly sold in packets in supermarkets.

We got 3 plants in our garden and got some sundakkai from those plants. In this page, let's see how to make this poriyal. 

Recipe for Sundakkai Poriyal


  • Sundakkai - 2 cups
  • Sunflower or other cooking oil- 2 to 3 teaspoon 
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Urid dhal- 3 to 4 tsp 
  • Curry leaves-8
  • Cumin seed (optional) - 1 tsp
  • Onion- 1
  • Shallots- 4
  • Green chilly- 2
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Chilly powder- 3/4 to 1 tsp
  • Desiccated or grated coconut- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- as necessary 
  • Water-  1/2 cup
  • Ginger - 3 pieces
  • Garlic- 3 to 4 cloves


  1. Wash the sundakkai thoroughly in running water. 
  2. In a stone grinder (Ammi in Tamil) keep the sundakkai and grind coarsely so that it splits open and the seeds come separately. Do it in batches until you finish doing all sundakkai. 
  3. Wash the sundakkai 2 to 3 times and take only the outer portion. Remove the seeds. Do not take the seeds for cooking.
  4. Chop the onion, green chillies, ginger and garlic. 
  5. Coarsely grind coconut, shallots, cumin in a mixie. 
  6. Keep all the ingredients ready for cooking. 
  7. Switch on the stove and keep a pan on top of it. When the pan gets heated,pour  cooking oil into it.
  8. When the oil becomes hot enough, put mustard seeds, urid dhal and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds start to splutter, add onion, green chilly and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Now add ginger garlic and stir well till the raw smell goes away. 
  10. Now add sundakkai and stir well. Add water, cover and cook.
  11. Add turmeric powder, chilly Powder and mix well. While adding chilly powder, check the taste, as there is already green chilly in the pan.Add salt
  12. When the vegetable is almost done, add ground coconut mix. Stir well and check the taste. After 2-3 minutes, switch off the stove. The poriyal is ready to be served. 

Serving Suggestion

  • Server the warm Sundakkai Poriyal as a side for plain rice and a curry.

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