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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Karuveppilai Sadam-Curry Leaves Rice Recipe

Karuveppilai Sadam/Curry Leaf Rice is one of our family's favorite and I love preparing it with fresh curry leaves from my garden. It is very flavorful, delicious and very simple to prepare. It can be had for lunch or packed for lunch or for travel (without coconut). When I have karuveppilai podi at home, I mix that with rice and make curry leaves rice otherwise I stick to this method. This is a typical Tamil Brahmin recipe without onion and garlic. Curry leaves as you all know is a rich source of iron which can help to improve low hemoglobin levels due to iron deficiency. It also aids in digestion. Today we will learn how to make curry leaves rice following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Karuveppilai Sadam-Curry Leaf Rice
Our Lunch -Karuveppilai sadam-Thayir sadam, appalam

Karuveppilai Sadam-Curry Leaves Rice

Karuveppilai Sadam-Curry Leaf Rice

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRice-Lunch-Travel food
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Cooked Rice - as needed (any rice)
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt as needed

   Fry and grind

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Curry leaves - 1 cup loosely packed
   Urad dal - 1 tbsp
   Red chillies - 4-5
   Tamarind - small pea sized ball or 1/4 tsp paste
   Coconut - 3 tbsp grated (optional)

  For the seasoning

   Sesame seed oil - 4 tsp
   Bengal gram dal - 2 tsp
   Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp
   Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp

   For Garnishing

   Ghee - 1 tsp (optional)


As I always say, keep all the ingredients ready.

Wash, discard the stem and use the curry leaves alone.

Cook rice in such a way that it is not mushy. Spread it on a plate to cool.

ingredients for curry leaves rice


Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan, add urad dal, red chillies and tamarind. When dal turns golden brown, add the curry leaves and saute for a few minutes. Then add grated coconut and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and leave it to cool.

Grind it to a paste without adding water.

South Indian Karuveppilai sadam

Heat 4-5 tsp of sesame seed oil in a pan, add bengal gram (kadalai paruppu), when dal turns golden brown, add hing, turmeric powder, roasted peanuts followed by the ground curry leaves mixture and salt.

How to make Karuveppilai sadam

Saute the curry leaves mixture/paste for a few seconds and then add needed rice.(check by tasting it)

Karuveppilai sadam recipe

Mix well and serve with potato curry or chips or appalam. If preferred, (recommended) add a tsp of ghee in the end and mix well.

Note - Use sesame seed oil for best results. This curry leaves rice will not be dry as we are making it with curry leaves paste and adding enough oil. When packing for lunch box or travel, avoid using coconut.

You can substitute rice with millets also.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, My mom use to make this rice during my school/college days...such a tasty dish...
    Thanks for your service Padhu...your blog is our daily reference book....May God give you all strength to continue this service....

    1. That's true...im alone so everyday i refer padhus kitchen for cooking....lovely way of presenting and only your site has all i want. i Don look anywhere else. Jus padhuskitchen, type recipe and start cooking...and everything comes out perfectly...Thanks a lot padhus. GOD Bless you for all those recipes

  2. Thanks a lot Padhu! I always have a feeling that ur recipes are very easy to follow... and outcomes are great too!!! Being newly wed, ur recipes are acting as a boon to glitter at home. One big hug to you!!

  3. nice presentation padhu!!!!!!!!!1

  4. Wonderful recipe and we got mouthwatering curry leaves rice ready . Easy to be followed recipes thank u

  5. very healthy and can be quickly made too :) so nice padhu. . thanks a lot for educating us on the recipes.

  6. Thank u padhu.i am a regular visitor of ur blog.really ur dishes r easy to prepare.nice presentation.it make me to try the recipes.

  7. Hi, very good receipe thank u mam. Is roasted peanuts is very important or v can avoid it

    1. You can avoid it or add even cashew nuts instead of peanuts.

  8. Really....a very good recipe...padhus kitchen is a encyclopedia for bachelors..

  9. Nice recipe..thanks a lot mam..

  10. Nice recipe...may i know the best suitable side dish for this sadam

    1. Potato curry, vadam/vathal (any vadam like sago, rice etc), appalam and chips best for karuveppilai sadam.

  11. Prepared this today. My father like it..Thank you for the recipie ��

  12. Really a nice recipe. My niece is expecting and keeps talking of this rice. We had never made it. My wife just tried it out. It came out superb. Will make it in her honour shortly , when we invite her for a meal.
    Thanks for the good receipes.


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