April 17, 2008

Kariveppila Podi (Curryleaves powder)

Kariveppila or Curry Leaves is mostly used as a garnish. It indeed enhances the flavor of the dish. But most of the times, it is not consumed and is always kept aside while the dish is served. This podi is a good way to consume curry leaves, which has fair amount of Vitamin A and good source of Calcium. Curry leaves has many medicinal properties too. You can read more about it here.


Urad dal- 4 tblspn

Chana dal - 4 tblspn

Red chilly - 12- 15 (adjust the nos to suit your palette)

Tamarind - lemon size

Hing - 1 tspn

Salt to taste
Curry leaves - 2 cups

Gingely oil - 2 tblspn for roasting

Wash and dry the curry leaves.
Dry roast urad dal and chana dal separately till they turn light brown

Add a teaspoon of oil and roast the red chillies.

Transfer the roasted chillies to a plate and roast the curry leaves in a tablespoon of

When cool, powder all together with required salt.

Store in an airtight bottle. It will stay fresh for more than 2 weeks without refrigeration.

Serve kariveppila podi mixed with hot rice and ghee. It can be served as a dip for idli and dosa.


  1. Yummy!!! Will try this once curry leaf supply is better here. :)

  2. Ah Jaya, there is no more Kari leaves in CA! Past 2 months, i am really suffering without it. Sometimes i am getting in Black market, and the leaves are spoiled ... I buy it 4 better than nothing. Seeing ur podi, i feel nostalgic. I will make it once i get it in the market.

  3. yep, we all miss curry leaves here is CA. One of my fav. podis. tastes great with rice and ghee. thanks for the recipe.

  4. nice recipe!but unfortunately we dont get here in CA as cham and uma said:((

  5. I too miss the curry leaves here in CA..nice seeing it here..

  6. kalai,cham,uma,dhivya,divya- thank you all... Sad to know the ban for curry leaves continues... I can understand how much you all miss those leaves... Hope you get them back soon

  7. Curry leaves podi + some hot rice with a dollop of ghee is a divine combo.. ;).. what say Jaya??


  8. delecious podi jayashree ,I love with rice and ghee a alott

  9. siri, thanks. Very true.

    sagari, with hot rice and ghee is simply out of the world.

  10. Hi,
    first time in ur blog.I was searching for this podi.Thx for sharing.

  11. shobhana, welcome to my blog. Glad my post could be of use to you.


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