Sundaikaai Podi/Turkey Berry Rice mix powder

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Friday, May 26, 2017

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.

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  1. Ages i had this podi, still remember how my grandma insisted us to have this podi. We used to ran away coz of the bitterness.Now am missing it.

  2. Podis are never a part of our cooking, so it is interesting to try and make some for knowing the experience, especially since your intro really intrigued the lazybone in me... ;) Lovely clicks...

  3. What a great innovative recipe. I am just drooling by just imagining the flavour. Looks so yum..

  4. That is a delicious looking podi Priya. Not sure if we get turkey berries here, will have to look for them in Indian grocery.

  5. I love this podi,though it has alight bitter taste I love to mix it with white rice with a dash of ghee.Its been ages since I made this.

  6. Priya is this the same berry that is deep fried and eaten with rice and neem flower? This podi sounds yum.

  7. Interesting use of the turkey berries, though I have never used/tasted it :)

  8. Such a lovely podi.. Would love to try this recipe soon!!

  9. Love your clicks priya..and though I don't remember eating this podi, I love podi sadam generally!..must try it sometime..

  10. never seen turkey berries here - would love to try it


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