Sundakkai have amazing health giving properties, and it is helpful to include it in your diet regularly as a preventative measure for almost everything. We know them here as Thai Pea Eggplants. Dried Sundakkai, or Sundakkai Vathal, (soaked in yoghurt and salt then dried in the sun), retain their health giving properties. They are used in dishes such as Sundakkai Vathal Sambar, and are ground and mixed with other spices for a Sundakkai Vathal Podi (spice mix).
In this recipe, the dried berries are ground into a powder and mixed with rice along with other spices. It is delicious addition to our collection of rice dishes.
Sundakkai Vathal Sadham | Dried Pea Eggplant Rice | Dried Turkey Berry Rice
2 Tblspn Sundakkai Vathal
2 tspn ghee
1.5 cups rice
1 medium red or white onion, chopped finely
5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
0.5 tspn turmeric powder
1 Tblspn ghee
1 tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn urad dal
3 Indian dried red chillies
8 – 10 curry leaves
Cook the rice according to your usual method.
Heat the 1 tspn ghee in a pan and saute the vathal until they puff and are slightly golden. Grind them to a fine powder in a blender, or spice grinder.
Heat a small pan with the 1 Tblspn ghee and make a tadka by popping the mustard seeds, then adding the urad dal and the chillies. As the urad dal turns golden, add the curry leaves. As soon as they splutter for a moment, add the onion, garlic and salt, and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent and just browning at the edges.
Add the cooked rice, the ground sundakkai vathal and the turmeric powder, and mix well to combine. Pour over the remaining 1 tspn ghee.
Serve with a vegetable fry. Delicious!