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Curry leaves powder

Karuvepillai podi / Curry leaves powder

Karuveppilai podi is a spicy lentil based powder which is flavoured with the goodness of curry leaves and used to prepare karuvepillai saadam or the flavourful curry leaves rice.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Spice powder
Cuisine Indian
Calories 399 kcal


  • Gas stove/ Induction stove
  • Pan
  • spice grinder


  • 2 tbsp Black gram dal
  • 2 tsp Bengal gram dal
  • 6 Red chillies
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Cup Curru leaves
  • 1 Marble sized Tamarind
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida
  • To taste Salt


  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Roast the black gram dal, bengal gram dal, , pepper and cumin till the dal starts to brown. Transfer it to a plate for it to cool down.
  • Now add the curry leaves and fry it till it becomes crispy. Transfer it to the same plate and let it cool down too.
  • Now fry the tamarind in the pan for a minute. Transfer it to the plate.
  • Fry the red chillies till they are well roasted
  • When all the ingredients are completely cool, transfer it to the jar of the mixer and add salt and asafoetida to it.
  • Grind it to a smooth powder.
  • Transfer it to the airtight bottle and store it.


How to  make curry leaves rice:

We make karuveppilai saadam with this powder. Mix this powder with cooked rice. Then temper it with mustard and black gram dal to make a very tasty curry leaves rice. Serve this rice with fried or roasted papad.


Sodium: 15mgCalcium: 2012mgVitamin C: 9465mgVitamin A: 18064IUSugar: 1gFiber: 24gCalories: 399kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 4gProtein: 24gCarbohydrates: 69gIron: 6mg
Keyword curry leaves powder, Karuvepillai podi
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