Saturday 25 January 2020

Shikakai Powder/Seeyakkai Podi/சீயக்காய் பொடி – How to make Seeyakkai Podi at home/Homemade Shikakai Powder/Herbal Hair Wash Powder

Shikakai/Seeyakkai Powder is a mild cleanser with naturally less pH value. Shikkakai powder does not remove the natural oils from our hair and  acts as natural conditioner. Shikakai Powder available in the shops consists of 3-4 main ingredients like shikakai, soap nut, dried amla, methi seeds but at home we make this shikakai powder with many more natural ingredients and make our lusturous and beautiful. Here I am going to share the shikkakai Podi that can be made at home and enjoy the benefits given by nature. Meanwhile do checkout how to make Kuliyal Podi/Herbal Bath Powder hereHomemade Herbal Hair Oil.and health and beauty page as well.

Here’s how to make Shikakai Powder at home with photos…


Shikkakai/Seeyakkai/ சீயக்காய்

1 kg

Soapnut/ பூந்திக்கொட்டை

300 gm

Green Gram/ பச்சைப்பயறு

250 gm

Fenugreek Seeds/ வெந்தயம்

350 gm

Dry Amla/ உலர்ந்த நெல்லிக்காய்

200 gm

Kaarboga Arisi/கார்போக அரிசி

100 gm

Aavaram Poo/ஆவாரம் பூ [optional]

100 gm

Hibiscus Flower/ காய்ந்த செம்பருத்தி பூ

100 gm

Karisalankanni Powder/ கரிசிலாங்கண்ணி பொடி

50 gm

Rose/ரோஜா [Dry]

50 gm

Magizham Poo[Dry]/ மகிழம் பூ [optional]

50 gm

Thulasi Powder/ துளசி பொடி

50 gm

Dry Lemon Peel/ எலுமிச்சை தோல்

100 gm

Neem Leaf Powder/வேப்பஇலை பொடி

50 gm

Curry Leaf Powder/ கருவேப்பிலை பொடி

50 gm

Mehandi Powder/ மருதாணி பொடி

50 gm

Vetti Ver/வெட்டிவேர்

25 gm

Author: Priya Anandakumar

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You can buy all the above mentioned ingredients in Naattu Marundhu Kadai.

I have used thulasi powder, neem leaf powder, curry leaf powder, mehandhi powder and karisalaankanni powder. You can very well replace it with two hand ful each of thulasi leaves, neem leaves, curry leaves, karisilankanni leaves, mehandi leaves and dry it really well and add it before grinding.

Add Shikkakai/seeyakkai, Soap nuts, Green gram, Karboga arisi, Vetiver,  Rose petals, Aavaram Poo, Hibiscus Flower, Magizham Poo, Vettiver in big plates in big plates and sundry it really well.

After the soapnuts/boondhi kottais are dry, break it open and remove the black seeds inside it.

Now transfer all the ingredients, except the powders in to a big bucket and give it to a local mill and make it to fine powder.

After you bring it home, add thulasi powder, neem leaf powder, mehandi powder, curry leaves powder, karisilaangkanni powder and mix everything really well.

Yes, Seeyakkai Podi is ready.

Benefits of ingredients used for making Seeyakkai Podi


Helps in hair growth, in treating scalp related diseases, prevents and fights dandruff, keeps the hair healthy and lusturous.


Body Coolant, helps in treating dandruff, helps in regrowth of hair, prevents premature greying of hair.

Green Gram/Pachai Payaru

Maintains soft hair, reduces hair breakage, removes dandruff, hair smells fresh and clean.

Dry Amla/Kaindha Nellikkai

Conditions the hair, maintains the hair soft and silky, and prevents premature greying of hair.

Lemon Peel/Elumichai Thol

Improves dull hair, helps in fighting severe dandruff and scalp disease, hair smells fresh and clean.


Cleansing agent, gets soapy nature, antifungal agent, cleans the scalp, lathering agent.

Karboga Arisi

Helps in preventing detangling of hair, improves hair elasticity, and strengthens hair roots.

Karisilankanni Leaves/Powder

Treats dandruff, baldness, prevents hair fall, promotes hair growth, prevents greying of hair, make hair lustrous

Thulasi Leaves/Powder

Helps to achieve lustrous shiny and healthy hair. Treats dandruff and dry scalp, helps to improve the blood circulation, cools the scalp, reduces itchiness and promotes hair growth.

Hibiscus Flower/Sembaruthi Poo [Dried]

Improves the hair texture, stimulates blood circulation in scalp, strengthens root and hair, conditioner

Rose Petals/Roja Ethazh [Dried]

Tightens scalp, gives good smell in hair

Magizham poo [Dried]

Helps in fighting head ache, wonderful aroma to the hair

Aavaram Poo[Dried]

Body coolant, helps in good blood circulation, cleanser

Neem Leaves/Veppilai [Powder]

Prevents hairloss, enhances growth, kills head lice, acts as anti-bacterial and anti-septic for the scalp.

Curry Leaves/Karuvepilai [Powder]

Repairs damaged roots, reduces hair fall, stops hair thinning, treats premature greying, and strengthens hair follicules.

Maruthani Leaves/Mehandhi Leaves [Powder]

Treats dry brittle hair, conditions the hair, coolant


Body coolant, treats lice and helps in relieving stress, excellent fragrance

 How to use Shikakai Powder?

Mix about 3-4 tbsp of shikakai powder/seeyakkai powder [depending on the length of the hair] in water to make a paste. It should not be too thick or too thin. Let this mixture sit for about 30 minutes. Then use it for washing your hair.

Instead of water, you can use rice kanji [water obtained after cooking the rice] to make the shikakai paste and then use it for washing your hair.

Using Shikakai Powder as hair mask

Add 3-4 tbsp of shikakai powder/seeyakkai powder [depending on the length of the hair], to a bowl, mix it with water to make a paste and let it sit for 30 minutes. Apply the paste on the scalp and hair, leave it for about 30 minutes and then wash it off.

Similarly you can make a pack by mixing shikakai powder and yogurt[curd], apply it to your hair and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.

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This home made seeyakkai podi/shikakai powder will not lather like the ones in the shop, but will cleanse the hair really good and leave your hair soft, perfectly conditioned and lustrous.

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  1. Hi Priya.... Am using ur shikkakai powder.... After hair wash also am feeling like my hair s bit oily... Will it be like that only???

    1. Thank you very much for contacting me, Little oil sometimes is alright but will not happen all the time , if you are new to shikkakai powder then may be you will find it hard to wash your hair. I can give you two solutions which you can try, one - increase the amount of soapnut by another 100 gms to the amount mentioned above, you must have already ground the powder, so you can grind some more soapnut and add it. Second solution - if you have rice water or sadam vaditha kanji [excess starch which you drain when you cook rice] to the shikkaki powder and mix [instead of water] and make a paste and then wash your hair. Hope this helps pls keep visiting Priyas virundhu for more delectable recipes from my kitchen. Thanks & Regards Priya Anandakumar

  2. Can we mix potato juice,beetroot juice in this shikkai powder,instead of water? Will it give good effect

    1. I dont know about adding potato juice and beetroot juice, i dont recommend you to use it as well. My suggestion would be to use rice washed water, or the rice starch[ the water in which the rice is cooked]
      Hope this helps. Pls keep visiting Priyas Virundhu for more delightful recipes

  3. Hello thank you, one more doubt can we add flax seed gel to this shikkai powder while washing or all these ingredients already mentioned are more than enough?

    1. May be you can try, I have not tried them, I believe what eveer ingredients I have added is handed down recipe from my great grand mother. so I just stick to it.
      Pls keep visiting Priya Virundhu for more delightful recipes

  4. Hi I used this shikakai but since childhood,I'm allergic to shikakai,I tried it now also I'm getting too much of sneezing, so just thought can I use besan,hibiscus powder and methi powder will tat be a good alternative for this..thanks in advance

    1. Hi,
      Thanks a lot for contacting me, I can totally understand your problem. If you are allergic to shikkakai it is better not to use it. yes, you can use hibiscus powder and methi powder. Do try and find out if you are allergic and then go ahead with it. The same goes with besan flour as well, do a patch test to find out if you are not allergic then you can use it
      Priya Anandakumar

  5. Can besan hibiscus powder and methi powder be a good alternative, as I'm Allerton shikakai

  6. Hi,
    Thanks a lot for contacting me, I can totally understand your problem. If you are allergic to shikkakai it is better not to use it. yes, you can use hibiscus powder and methi powder. Do try and find out if you are allergic and then go ahead with it. The same goes with besan flour as well, do a patch test to find out if you are not allergic then you can use it
    Priya Anandakumar

  7. Thank you so much for your reply

  8. Hi,this shikkai blend is extremely good ,will tgisalone be good for good hair growth,as I have been browsing in YouTube, and getting confused, there are my god more than 500 videos on hair growth...

  9. Hi,
    Thanks a lot for contacting me, yes what ever mentioned is more than enough and good for your hair. This is the measurement handed over from my great grand mother, so I always stick with this. Do try this out and please keep supporting Priyas Virundhu.
    Priya Anandakumar


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