Sundaikaai Podi/Turkey Berry Rice mix powder

Rice mix podi’s and thogayals(chutney’s) are indigenous part of south-indian kitchen. Rice mix podi’s(powder’s are life-savers in many house-holds. Bored to cook, wife gone for vacation, no mood to cook for one, these podi’s come for our rescue. I have quite a list of podi’s in my kitchen and i m never bored of trying a new one. Somewhere in the net, i came across dried neem flower podi, that gave me the idea for sundaikaai/turkey berry powder. 

I had salted turkey berry and so i haven’t added any salt to the final podi. If you are using unsalted berry, then add salt accordingly. Turkey berries are naturally bitter, so the final powder also has some bitterness, but if you love the taste of these berries, you will love the podi too. 

1/4 cup urad dal
3 tbsp chana dal
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
1 cup dried turkey berry (salted ones)*
3/4 cup dried coconut powder
10-12 red chilies
*If the berries are not salted,please add salt to the condiment 


  • Heat a wide pan, dry roast each ingredient except salt(if adding) separately. All the ingredients must be golden brown in color. Keep the flame simmer and roast. 
  • After roasting, let the ingredients cool completely. Take the roasted ingredients in a mixer jar and grind it to a coarse powder. 
To make mixed rice 
1 cup of cooked rice
2 tbsp of sundaikaai podi/Turkey berry powder
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp each urad dal and chana dal
1 red chili
  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a tadka pan, spluter mustard seeds, add chana dal and urad dal and red chili.
  • Pour the sizzling tadka over a 1 cup of steaming hot rice, mix 2 tbsp of powder to it and mix well. Serve hot with some crisps by side.