Friday, August 21, 2009

Karuveppilai Podi ( curry leaves powder)

Curry leaves have lot of medicinal properties. It is rich in calcium and has vitamin A also. Oil made from curry leaves is said to prevent hair fall and delay hair greying. Curry leaves powder can be stored for a month and can be used when needed. Nothing can beat the fresh flavor of homemade curry leaves powder. Hot steamed rice with curry leaves powder and a tsp of ghee is heavenly. Try it and see. I usually stock these powders at home as they will come handy when I feel lazy to cook.

Karuveppilai podi-curry leaves powder

How to make Karuveppilai Podi

Ingredients needed

Curry leaves -1 cup very tightly packed
Whole black Pepper -2 tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds -2 tsp
Toor Dal- 2 tbsp
Urad dal - 2 tbsp
Bengal gram or channa Dal - 2 tbsp
Red Chillies- 3-4 or as needed
Salt as required


1. Wash curry leaves well, pat it with a towel to remove excess water and dry it well in the shade. Spread the washed curry leaves in a cloth and let it dry for 5-6 hours. There should not be any moisture in the curry leaves.

2.Dry roast toor dal, urad dal, channa dal until dal turns golden brown. Then dry roast pepper and jeera separately until you get a nice aroma.

3.Dry roast red chillies for a few minutes.

4.Dry roast curry leaves well. Do not burn it. (the leaves should break when you crush it with your fingers)

5.Dry grind the dal, pepper and jeera first. Then add curry leaves and grind everything together (slightly coarse) along with salt required.

Store it in an air tight container so that it does not loose its freshness.(Oil is not required for roasting )

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  1. wow!Its looking much more attractive

  2. its looking colorful.. lovely podi

  3. i tried and its delicious. thanks a lot

  4. I tried it and while mixing with rice I added ghee and everyone liked it.. The key they said is the addition of thoor dhall.. Thanks for the recipe..

  5. Hey!
    I am unable to repin your stuff on Pinterest :-(

  6. Hi Padhu,

    I'm very new to this blog. I just viewed all your recepies. As a vegetarian, i always think cooking is always monotonous. But after viewing your blog i found it is very easy to cook. Very thanks for your recepies. I have started cooking your recepies.

    Padhu, i want to know how to cook karuveppilai satham. Very happy and helpful for your blog

  7. After cleaning and patting the moisture, can place in the plate on microwave oven for 1-2 min.[instead of roasting in pan] THe leaves will become crisp , retain the nice green colour.

  8. Very useful post ...Padhu, all your recipes are tempting, keep going sis... i love your presentation ... Good luck..Takecare..


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