Curry leaves powder recipe | Karuveppilai podi recipe | Curry leaves powder recipe | Karivepaku podi

Curry leaf powder recipe | Karuveppilai podi recipe | Karivepaku podi recipe | Karuveppilai rice/Sadam | how to make curry leaves powder with the detailed stepwise procedure and health benefits of curry leaves.

Curry leaves powder is prepared with fresh Curry leaves and other Indian spices. Podi is a form of a powder in Tamil, that is usually taken as a side dish for dosa, idli, or mixed with cooked rice adding either ghee or oil for its taste and flavor. Curry leaves are known as Karuveppilai in Tamil, and karivepaku in Telugu.

When you have cooked rice and Karuvepillai Podi, packing lunch boxes becomes easy and simple. Further, Curry leaves have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, for their abundant health benefits. A little dash of curry leaves makes any dish savory and flavorful.

This Curry leaf powder has a longer shelf life and can be stored in an air-tight container for about one month. So, you can always prepare in advance and store as it is easy to make. Kariveppilai rice/Sadam is tasty as well as healthy.

Also, you can make this karuveppilai rice when vegetables are out of stock and this spice mix recipe comes in handy. It tastes so divine when mixed with steaming hot rice adding ghee or oil to it.

Curry leaf forms a versatile culinary herb in South Indian cuisines, giving meals a robust flavor. They grow on the Curry Tree and they are also called Sweet Neem Tree. So, let us see how to prepare this Curry Leaf Powder.

Recipe: Curry leaf powder | Karuveppilai podi | Curry leaves powder | Karuvepakku podi

Serves - 5
Cuisine: Indian
Region: South Indian
Course: Main
Prep time: 2 hrs | Cook time: 15 mins | Total time: 2 hr 15min.
Diet: Vegetarian | Vegan
Author: Pavithra & Revathy

Curry leaves powder ingredients:

Fresh Curry Leaves - 2  Cups
Toor dal - 3  Tablespoons
Red Chili - 5 to 6
Coriander Seeds - 2 tbsp
Whole Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/ Jeera - 3 tbsp
Urad dal - 3 tbsp
Tamarind - Small gooseberry size
Hing - 1 teaspoon
Gingelly oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1 tsp / As per taste 

How to make curry leaf powder recipe:

1. Wash the curry leaves in running water, rinse well, and put them in a strainer to drain the water.  Take a thick cotton cloth or paper towel and spread the curry leaves on the cloth for two hours and keep it aside till they are completely dry.

2. Take a wide bottom pan and heat it. Keep it on low flame. First, dry roast urad dal and toor dal till it turns golden brown with a nice aroma. Keep it aside on a plate.

3. Dry roast the red chilies till it turns crisp.

4. Switch off the flame as the heat from the pan is good enough to dry roast pepper and cumin seeds. Keep all the dry roast ingredients on a plate.  

5. Heat the pan and pour one teaspoon of gingelly oil. Keep the flame low. Now take the curry leaves and fry till the leaves turn crunchy. Do not burn the leaves.

6. Allow all the ingredients to cool down completely. Adding a small gooseberry size of tamarind, place all the ingredients in a blender jar.

7. After adding salt, powder all the ingredients in a blender. Add hing to the powdered ingredients and mix well.

8. Now it is ready and the aroma of the fresh Karuvepillai Podi spreads your entire kitchen:)


1. Add either gingelly oil or ghee to the cooked rice to enhance the taste and flavor of the Karuvepillai Podi.

2. Add salt to the rice if required.

3. You can also garnish it with roasted cashew nuts or groundnuts, to make it more rich, crunchy, and tasty.

Curry leaf powder benefits:

1. Curry leaves are good for hair growth. 
2. It is beneficial for eyesight. 
3. It helps with liver protection. 
4. It fights against cancer. 
5. It is rich in antioxidants. 
6. It lowers cholesterol levels. 
7. It cures gastrointestinal disorders. 
8. It stops diarrhea. 
9. It promotes digestion and helps to relieve constipation.
10. It is packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E. 
11. It is good for the skin.  
12. It helps in the reduction of weight.

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