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. Today we will learn how to make Karuveppilai Podi/Curry leaves powder following this easy recipe.
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 tur 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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