Neer Sundaikaai/Turkey berry in brine, is a simple method to preserve fresh sundaikaai/turkey berries. A relatively simple process just throwing the cleaned berries into salt water, and you can use them anytime.
Neer Sundaikaai, never knew we can brine turkey berry. This recipe such a keeper, that too if you get fresh turkey berries. I came across this recipe here, since i had some fresh berries in hand and was looking for interesting recipes, i tried this immediately. Once brined, the turkey berries can be used in variety of recipes.
How to use turkey berries
Pacha sundaikaai pulikuzhambu, is a spicy tamarind gravy made with fresh berries. Fresh berries are bitter and are an acquired taste. But if you like bitter gourd , then you will not mind the bitterness of turkey berry. Dried turkey berries are used in gravies when we dont have fresh berries.
More kuzhambu/yogurt gravy or a simple stir fry in ghee are few dishes made with brined turkey berries. Dried berries can be made into rice mix powders, like Sundaikaai podi which can be mixed with rice for a quick mixed rice.
The medicinal value of turkey berries are innumerable. Amma makes sundaikaai regularly and especially after a bout antibiotics to improve the gut health. The berries are widely used to treat indigestion and intestinal worms.
As kids we would despise amma for forcing us to eat these bitter berries, but the taste grew on us, atleast me. I love turkey berries and try to include in my regular cooking as much as possible.
We get dried turkey berries easily , but fresh ones are available only in vegetable markets and not in all grocery shops. Last week, i went to the Vegetable market and was happy to find some fresh sorrel leaves and fresh turkey berries. The first thing i did after coming home was to brine these berries.
How it is done?
The process is simple. Clean the berries. They usually grow as clusters. Remove the stem of the berries, discard any black color or spoiled berries. Once cleaned wash them in fresh water.
Then drain them well in a colander. I usually leave the berries in the colander for 15-20 minutes.
Boil 2 cups of water, add salt to the berries, add the boiling water to the berries. Keep it covered, once it cools down, store it in an clean glass jar. I refrigerate and use it.
Neer Sundaikaai | Turkey Berry in Brine
- 1 cup Fresh Turkey Berry/Sundaikaai
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Clean the berries, discard any black or discolored berries. Use only green color berries
- Wash the berries in running water. Drain them well. I leave them in colander until i use them
- Boil 2 cups of water. I used my kettle to boil water, you can also do this on stove-top
- Take the drained sundaikaai/turkey berries in a clean vessel. Add salt and the boiling water to it.
- Keep it covered. Let it cool down completely. Store it in a clean glass jar. i prefer to refrigerate.
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