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Curry leaves powder-Karuveppilai podi

Karuveppilai Podi-Curry Leaves Powder Recipe

Karuveppilai podi-Curry leaves powder is made from fresh curry leaves and spices. It can be had with rice or with idli, dosa. These podis come handy when you run out of time or when you feel lazy to cook. It can be stored for a month and can be used when needed. Nothing can beat the flavor of fresh homemade curry leaves powder. Hot steamed rice topped with a tsp of ghee and curry leaves powder is heavenly.

Course Podi Recipes, Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Curry leaves podi, curry leaves powder, karuveppilai podi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Ingredients needed

  • 1 cup Fresh Curry leaves (very tightly/firmly packed)
  • 2 tsp Whole black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds/ jeera
  • 2 tbsp Tur Dal-
  • 2 tbsp Urad dal
  • 2 tbsp Bengal gram or channa Dal
  • 3-4 Red Chillies or as needed
  • Salt needed



  1. Wash curry leaves well, pat it with a towel to remove excess water and dry it well in the shade.

  2. Spread the washed curry leaves on a cloth and let it dry for 5-6 hours. There should not be any moisture in the curry leaves.


  1. Dry roast tur dal, urad dal, channa dal (kadalai paruppu) until dal turns golden brown.

  2. 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.

  6. Store it in an air tight container so that it does not loose its freshness.

Recipe Notes

Oil is not required for roasting