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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Karuveppilai podi recipe, Curry leaves powder for rice

Curry leaves powder recipe - karuvepillai podi is a south Indian dry powder for rice, very very healthy for health, a must in the kitchen. With step by step pictures and full video.
I am making curry leaves powder for the first time in my life. Thanks to maami! I make only karuveppilai kuzhambu and sometimes chutney/ thogayal (recipe soon). This time I wanted to try for sure. Also maami was always telling since she came here that we can make karuvepillai podi. So I asked her how to make and made it. And I love it!! Moreover one should eat curry leaves for it’s enormous health benefits.

I have heard from my  mom that its super good remedy for hair fall. And I read an interesting and useful fact about this karuvepillai in a book. They had said ‘KARUVEPPILLAI = KARU + VEPPILAI’ and these leaves acts like a vepillai to our uterus and if we take these leaves every day, we can get rid of all problems like irregular periods and so on. I used to drink buttermilk with some curry leaves ground and mixed to it and got benefitted myself. It’s too good for us ladies especially!

Karuvepillai Podi recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 5 mins    Makes: 1 cup

Click here to read karuveppilai podi in tamil

Curry leaves powder recipe - karuvepillai podi is a south Indian dry powder for rice, very very healthy for health, a must in the kitchen. With step by step pictures and full video


Curry leaves - 1 cup tightly packed

Urad dal/ Ulutham paruppu - 1/2 cup

Red chillies - 10

Coconut gratings - 3 tbsp

Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp

Salt - As needed 


  1. I tried microwaving for making the curry leaves crisp for powdering it easily. And it did a great job in just 3 minutes! Just spread the cleaned leaves in the microwave oven’s plate.(its should not be watery, so dry in a newspaper after washing the leaves). Microwave in high for 2-3 minutes. Just microwave one minute per one time.Just spread the leaves with hand each time to ensure evenness. Give 2 minutes standing time to feel the crispness. 
  2. How to make karuveppilai podi
  3. Fry urad dal, red chillies and coconut until golden brown in oil. Cool down and first grind red chillies, coconut, asafoetida, salt and curry leaves together to a fine powder.
  4. How to make karuveppilai podi 1
  5. Then lastly add Urad dal and grind to a coarse powder.
  6. How to make karuveppilai podi 2


  • You can fry curry leaves in tawa too instead of microwave oven. Just heat a non-stick pan and add the curry leaves, give stirs now and then and switch off the stove once nice aroma rises. Leave it as such in tawa for 2 minutes to make it crisp. Then proceed.
  • Coconut and asafoetida adds a nice flavour to the podi.
  • This makes an ideal lunch box rice too. Just season with mustard, urad dal and cashews and add it to the rice and mix the powder along with sesame oil.
Transfer to an airtight container and if you want to keep it for a month can keep refrigerated. Mix with sesame oil and hot steamed rice to make karuvepillai sadam. It goes well with Idli / Dosa too!



51 Stars(comments):

  1. liked the way you captured the bottle :)

  2. True that karuveppilai has immense nutrition and sadly we just pick them out and discard while eating. Home style podis are always extra flavoursome and very healthy!

  3. Nice and healthy podi dear..my mom says that its good for digestion related problems also! Even I am using it regularly, but my version of podi is bit different..


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  4. I have a similar one in my drafts...ur clicks look gorgeous raji...nice n yummy podi

  5. yes..I got some karavepellai podi from my aunt in India as post partum food...wanted to blog about it..loved your method

  6. I too do the same way

  7. This is one spice mix that I jsut can't do without raji. You captured this so well..

  8. One of my fav podi, never failed to make them when i get super fresh curry leaves here.

  9. Rajeshwari thanks for such a healthy recipe. dear I am a big fan of your recipes today I have uploaded your green chutney recipe please click the link.

  10. I too make this in aunty's style..I add pepper corns too..

  11. Loved ur podi and ur clicks as well......

  12. First,let me appreciate the click and now the karuvepillai podi recipe. Just awesome.

  13. Loved the last click, as usual ur recipe rocks n love ur jar as well

  14. Flavorful podi!!!!
    Prathima Rao
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  15. Raks, Very nice click... My favourite too.. keep rocking

  16. Beautiful documentation.

  17. Raksha, your photography is splendid. Beautiful curry leaves podi.

  18. Excellent documentation.........very nice clicks.

  19. Yum,I love to eat spoonfuls of Karuvelppilai podi,tastes even better with rice and ghee:)

  20. one of my fav...healthy and flavourful podi.

  21. Hi raji..you have become a dependable blog for me these days... tried a lot of your recipes and got good review for that! I've a very basic question, what kind of basmati brand can i get in india...any suggestions??

  22. raks one of my personal favourite :)

  23. Nice one and aromatic powder

  24. Very flavorful podi..

  25. Uma, you can get India gate or lalquila basmati rice , they are good...

  26. mmm. curry leaves podi. looks so aromatic and tempting. I too have blogged a recipe for this. Isn't it sooooo yummy with rice? As always, your pictures tempt to try them at once. Nice dish Raji!

  27. I fry some toor dall too when making karuveppilai podi. also some pepper and jeera. no coconut, i use karuveppilai podi in rasam,arisiupma and pongal,. They taste divine.

  28. Thanks for Podi....Raks!! Hope you received my email with the list of recipes ...Would love to try some different types of soups....

  29. தேங்காய் சேர்க்காமல், கடலை பருப்பு சேர்த்து செய்வேன் நான்.. ஞாபகபடுத்திய பதிவுக்கு நன்றிகள்...

  30. My favorite among the spice powders. I add black pepper as I like the flavor it imparts.

  31. Delightful podi with wonderful note.

  32. Hope I am not late to say that you really have a talent for still photography!

    How long we can keep the curry powder?

  33. Thanks Hillary! Its stays good in shelf for 2 weeks

  34. Yummy Curry leaves podi.. I prepared this today and gave it to my MIL. Tastes very good.. I jus started visiting ur site and now im a big fan of urs :) Raks really Rockzzz.... - Nithya

  35. u nalied the recipe. flavors are equally balanced. love it. thanks

  36. tried your recipe. perfect combination of flavors. being the graphic designer, i loved the way you showed your process through photos. you nailed it. thanks

  37. lovely recipes. have tried many just tried this one, but put a bit too much hing.how do I solve that?

    1. Just have to make another batch without hing and mix. Sorry for my late response

  38. good recipe....send more such recipes to sabari6490@rediffmail.com

  39. Tried this today... and it just tasted awesome...👌🏼👌🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  40. Lovely colour... one query. Can we add coconut powder or dry coconut shavings


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