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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Karuvepillai is one healthy ingredient we use in our cooking. But sadly we pick and throw it. Its rich in iron, so I always want to consume it, not for anything, just for the sake of hair fall and now to avoid grey hair Blushing . My mom used to have curry leaves plant in our back yard, but sadly it is not that big tree that we can get leaves from it, we just tried very hard to keep it aliveRaised Eyebrow. After coming here, I too planted one in a pot from the berries I got from my SIL here and it was really growing decently. And I used to make use of it for emergencies when I run out of curry leaves. But once when I came for vacation to Chennai, it wilted and diedDoh. So now a days, when I have lots of curry leaves either form little india or from Fairprice pack, I try making something like karuvepillai kuzhambu, karuvepillai podi… Sadam is in my list for so long, I have a version with garlic, but my MIL told to try this version. I tried after long time she said and loved it very much too. It was completely different from  my karuveppilai podi. Packed this for Vj’s lunch box. So makes an easy lunch box too.

Karuveppilai sadam recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 4


Rice - 1 & 1/2 cup

Salt - As needed

To roast and powder

Curry leaves - 1 cup, packed

Channa dal - 2 tblsp

Toor dal - 2 tblsp

Jeera - 2 tsp

Pepper (Whole dry black pepper) - 2 tsp

Dhaniya - 2 tblsp

Red chilli - 6

Oil - 2 tsp

To temper

Oil/ ghee - 1 tblsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

urad dal - 2 tsp

Green chilli - 2

Cashew nut - 6


  1. Cook rice with ratio 1 : 2 water for 3 whistles in medium flame and once done, cool the rice in a broad vessel with a tsp of sesame oil. Set aside.
  2. Roast all the items under ‘To roast and powder’ table except curry leaves. Roast until you can see channa dal turn golden in colour.
  3. 1-roast
  4. Add curry leaves and switch off the flame. Mix well and let it be over the stove as such. Once cooled, the curry leaves will turn crisp, so it will get easily powdered.
  5. 2-curry-leaves
  6. Powder it in a mixer to a slightly coarse powder.
  7. 3-powder
  8. Temper rice with the items given under ‘To temper’ table and add it to the rice.
  9. 4-temper
  10. Add the powdered curry leaves powder and mix well.
  11. 5-mix


    • Choose curry leaves that are not too old, it should be atleast all leaves fresh and green. Not the dry, black colored leaves.
    • Cashew nut can be skipped.
    • Clean and wash curry leaves the before day itslef and dry it completely over a clean kitchen towel.

Flavorful curry leaves rice is ready, this is healthy for your family too! Serve with any poriyal, curry, kootu or vadams.

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  1. my mum has similar one with Urad dhal instead of chana dhal.. Very flavourful rice

  2. wow looking delicious... i love the way you present recipes and tried many of them :) looking forward for more :) thank you

  3. Only recently i packed this for lunch.Your version is also good.Will try soon.i microwave the leaves to make it dry.

  4. Thanks for the nice recipe. Tried out today and it came out very well :-)

  5. Thanks for the great recipe posts - I enjoy the easy steps, detailed photos and interesting back stories. One problem I want to point on the page is that the search does not work (at least on chrome) - the input box and the button both seem locked - this is such helpful feature to find previous posts.

  6. can this coarse powder be kept stored for future use?

  7. Thank you, Raks, this was just what I needed today when I had a lot of curry leaves to finish. I've been to your site about a year earlier as well when it came up in my search for filter coffee and your helpful hints really made my coffee better. I think you make a good teacher because you take nothing for granted - you explain each step and get to some 'faq's even before we have the questions ourselves. Thanks to you (and to Vj and the entire family) for your blog. -Lakshmi

  8. Quick lunch box rice, loved it.
    I have a bunch of drumstick keerai, can I use them instead of curry leaves?

    1. Great idea, I should also try :)


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