Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi | Solanum torvum curry

Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi with the fruits of Solanum torvum plant is a popular side dish for rice prepared in Chettinad. Almost all houses have this Solanum torvum plant in their gardens in chettinad and this dish is common there. We prepare this curry with sundaikkai, onion, tomato, toor dal, sambar powder, tamarind and salt.

Botanical name is Solanum torvum 

Other names are turkey berry, prickly nightshade, shoo-shoo bush, wild eggplant, pea eggplant, susumber and sundaikkai in tamil.

The medicinal uses of sundaikkai are numerous

1. It is traditionally used for treating intestinal worms.

2. Good for diabetes

3. For indigestion, gastritis and stomach ache

4. Treats cold and cough

5. To treat anemia.

We have already prepared few chettinad side dishes such as

Chettinad Thattapayathangai Masala,

Thakkali pachadi chettinad,

Chettinad Kaaikari Thirakkal,

Karunaikizhangu Masiyal  and

Chettinad kaaikari Mandi.

Know more about Chettinad cuisine before cooking this recipe.

Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi – Ingredients:- (200ml cup used)
  • sundaikkai – 1 cup
  • toor dal – 1/2 cup (cooked)
  • onion – 1 (chopped)
  • tomato – 1 (chopped)
  • oil – 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • urad dal – 1 tsp
  • red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • tamarind juice – lemon size
  • salt – to taste
Solanum torvum (sundaikkai)
Solanum torvum (sundaikkai)
Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi – Method:-

1. Firstly chop sundaikkai into two halves and make a slit in between as shown in the photo below.

Chopped sundaikkai
Chopped sundaikkai

2. Similarly chop all sundaikkai and put it in water. You can also add little butter milk to water so that the vegetable will not change colour.

Chopped sundaikkai in water
Chopped sundaikkai in water

3. On the other hand chop onion and tomato and keep it ready. Here I have used raw tomato which is green in colour.

Chopped onion and green tomato
Chopped onion and green tomato

4. Secondly heat oil in a fry pan and add mustard seeds and when it splutters add urad dal.

Seasoning in pan
Seasoning in pan

5. When urad dal turns golden add chopped onion and sauté.

Chopped onion added
Chopped onion added

6. Then add chopped tomatoes and sauté till it becomes mushy.

Chopped tomatoes added
Chopped tomatoes added

7. Next add chopped sundaikkai and sauté for few minutes.

Chopped sundaikkai added
Chopped sundaikkai added

8. After that add one cup of water, close and cook for five minutes.

Water added
Water added

9. When sundaikkai gets cooked well and becomes soft add cooked toor dal, red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.

Red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt added
Red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt added

10. Finally add tamarind juice or one tsp of tamarind Paste. Close and cook for two more minutes while the ingredients merge together and the pachadi becomes thick and reach your required consistency.

Tamarind extract added
Tamarind extract added

11. Now the dish is ready.

Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi | Solanum torvum curry
Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi | Solanum torvum curry

12. This sundaikkai pachadi can be served as side dish along with plain white rice.

Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi | Solanum torvum curry
Chettinad Sundaikkai Pachadi | Solanum torvum curry

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