Manathakkali & Sundaikkai Vaththal Podi

Manathakkali & Sundaikkai Vaththal Podi is packed with so much of goodness that helps to heal mouth and stomach ulcer, eliminates intestinal worms, enhances digestion. 
This podi is easy-to-make and can be stored in an air-tight container for few weeks.
I love this podi for it's astringent-to-bitter taste. 
I also love to have this powder mixed with buttermilk and drink on a hot summer day.
Just scroll down to see how it's prepared.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Ingredients for Manathakkali & Sundaikkai Vaththal Podi:
 Manathakkali Vaththal / Dried Sunberry - 2 units
 Sundaikkaai Vaththal / Dried Turkey berry - 1/2 to 1 unit
 Black Pepper - 1 unit
 Cumin Seeds - 1 unit
 Salt - to taste

Directions to make Manathakkali & Sundaikkai Vaththal Podi:

1. Dry roast all the four ingredients separately until the aroma arises and the berries, cumin seeds and pepper turns crispy. Make this only in low flame to avoid burning of the ingredients.

2.  Black pepper &  Cumin seeds.

3. Allow the roasted ingredients to cool down.

4. Grind the berries, pepper and cumin seeds first. Then add required salt and give a quick run in the mixie.

Store it in an air-tight container.

1. Add a spoonful (or as needed) of this podi / powder to piping hot rice and add some gingelly oil / ghee and enjoy.
2. It tastes astringent to bitter. What taste would you expect from these berries? ;)
3. This powder can be mixed to buttermilk too. Try this out.
4. If you find the powder more bitter, adjust (add more) the pepper quantity and salt accordingly.
5. Most of the shops sell salted berries / vaththal, please make sure you do not add more salt. Check for the salt in it and then add salt. I have used unsalted vaththal.

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  1. Love the last shot. Very well explained!

  2. Perfectly made healthy with ingredients avbl at home..shd be awesome with hot rice n a dollop of ghee.. will try soon

  3. Very unique podi. I do make Sambar with manathakkali..

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