Monday 9 March 2015

Karuvepilai Podi/Curry Leaves Powder/How to make Karuvepillai Podi/Karuvepillai Podi

Karuvepillai podi/curry leaves powder is a boon to lot of bachelors living abroad and in hostels. I would say not just bachelors, when we are in no mood to cook and if we have karuvepillai podi handy, we can just pressure cook some white rice and enjoy the meals with chips or pappad. Karuvepillai podi, is available in most of the shops, but nothing can beat the fresh, homemade aromatic powder. Though I have shared the benefits of curry leaves several times earlier, I cannot stop myself from writing about it again. It is a nature’s gift to us right in our back yard, loaded with iron, calcium and vitamin A. Regular intake of curry leaves helps in preventing hair fall and greying of hair, not only that it also helps in the growth of healthy and beautiful hair. I think for now I will stop with this and let you know about another interesting recipe, I have shared earlier -  this instant  "Bachelor's Karuvepillai Kuzhambu” with this karuvepillai podi/curry leaves powder, which actually is a short cut and can be made in no time. I have also shared the regular karuvepillai kuzhambu where the curry leaves are ground freshly; do check it out in the corresponding links. I think it’s time now, I move on to the recipe. Do try out this karuvepillai podi friends and have a great day.  Do check out other South Indian Kuzhambu varieties here.

Here’s how to make Curry leaves Powder/Karuvepillai Podi with step by step photos…


Curry Leaves/Karuvepillai
1 big bowl
Channa dal/Kadalai paruppu
2 tbsp
Urad dal/Ullutham paruppu
2 tbsp
Black pepper corns/Milagu
2 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
1 tsp
Dry red chillies
¼ tsp
As needed
Lemon juice
3-4 drops
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes      
Makes: 1 cup
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Wash the curry leaves/karuvepillai thoroughly with water, pat it dry with a towel to get rid of water. Now spread the curry leaves on a clean cloth and let it dry in shade for 3-4 hours or until completely dry.

Heat the kadai, dry roast the curry leaves and transfer it to a plate. Be careful not to burn the leaves.

Dry roast the channa dal/kadalai paruppu, urad dal/ullutham paruppu until it turns golden brown and transfer to a plate.

Dry roast the black pepper powder and  cumin seeds/jeeragam separately until nice aroma arises.

Finally dry roast the red chillies and transfer it to a plate. Allow all of them to cool down completely.

Add the dals, red chilli, black pepper, cumin seeds, asafoetida and grind it in the mixer once. Add the curry leaves, salt and grind everything together to a coarse powder.

Transfer it to a plate and let it cool down completely. Add few drops of lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Adjust the amount of salt needed at this point.

Delicious, aromatic and healthy curry leaves powder is ready. Store it in air tight container and enjoy.

You can serve this curry leaves powder as side dish for idlis and dosas or with simple whiter rice along with sesame oil/nalla ennai. You can also make a quick karuvepillai kuzhambu with this karuvepillai podi/Curry leaves powder.

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  1. wow nice and easy method of making curry leaves powder

  2. this recipe is going to my mum
    Keep in touch

  3. aromatic n flavorful version Priya...

  4. healthy and to have it with hot rice


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