Curry Leaves Powder / Karuveppilai Podi

Whatever may the dish be, I used to incorporate curry leaves if it involves seasoning simply because of its health benefits. No matter whether it is fresh or dry! But for some reasons I love to use fresh curry leaves and whenever I run out of it, then only go for the dried curry leaves. So, I always store dried leaves in a container as a backup. For the past few weeks, I have got fresh curry leaves enough to my cooking and I totally forget about the dried one which was sleeping in my pantry.

As a result of cleaning process for diwali, I found this container of dried curry leaves. When you get some interesting, healthy ingredient in larger quantity, what will you do next if you are foodie? you definitely think about some recipe like I did. Yes! I first prepared Pollachi chicken masala using it and curry leaves powder with the remaining leaves.

Did you know? Eating 10 fully grown curry leaves every morning for three months will help to prevent diabetes due to heredity factors. (Source: Home Remedies Guide)

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 1 cup


Curry Leaves - 2 cups
Urid dal - 1/4 cup
Channa dal - 2 tablespoons
Dry red chilli - 4 nos
Garlic - 1 clove
Salt - to taste


1) Wash curry leaves and dry them completely. It should not be wet.

2) Dry roast curry leaves till they are crisp and nice aroma spreads out in the kitchen.

3) Then, dry roast channa dal, urid dal and dry red chilli till they become golden brown in colour.

4) Remove from stove and allow all the roasted ingredients to cool.

5) In a mixer/food processor, first add curry leaf and grind for 2 minutes.


6) Then, add remaining ingredients and grind to a coarse powder.

7) Towards the end of grinding, add salt and chopped garlic. Continue grinding for few more minutes.


8) Store it in a air tight container and serve with idly, dosa and hot steamed rice.

1) I have used 50 % fresh and 50 % dried curry leaves to make the powder and hence I have got the colour as shown in the picture. If you use fresh one, you will get the dark green colour for the powder.

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Love your pictures! Beautiful presentation! Do give me some tips! :)
Kavi | Edible Entertainment

wow lovely pictures ..... looks so spicy powder ...

Flavorful podi!! Garlic is a nice addition..And thank u for your comment on the poem..Anjali is mighty happy and says a BIG thx to u!!
Prathima Rao
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I too love curry leaves a adding it in all my dishes at least one leaf :) my grandma often makes this using black urad dal good with idly...loved your pictures Uma ...very nice presentation ...u didn't use any decorative bowls,napkins,plates this n that but it still looks so pleasing u know...
In your previous recipe also ...the simple onion peel looks so beautiful thru your capture...liked it a lot..I just love your photography...And also your presentation ...I don't have such creativity,time n fine camera to use :(

delicious looking podi looks wonderful

I love the smell of the curry leaves
Uma I have sent you a message in email as well as in your check those.

wonderful post and podi..usually curry leaves are discarded when we have food even though it has so many medicinal values, this is the best way to incorporate it in our diet..

Flavorful podi...super clicks...

Wonderful flavourful podi, never stopped preparing them, its my all time favourite podi..

lovely flavor lock ones..perfectly prepared podi..

Nice flavourful podi !! love to have with hot rice and ghee !!

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Wonderful podi and great clicks :)

flavorfull and aromatic podi...would be gr8 with some hot rice and ghee....yummm

Wow!,healthy and impressive Kariveppilai podi recipe.Step/step and presented well.Luv it.

Flavorful podi with awesome clicks.

Healthy podi! I've never tasted it yet! ;)

Wow. A handy podi for the lazy afternoon lunch. Nice one Uma.

Flavourful n nice aroma podi...

Healthy, aromatic podi...And i simply love the way you have presented a simple podi with such a beautiful way...

Hamaree Rasoi

Healthy n aromatic podi uma,ur clicks r always makes ur post excellent n extradinary,

Flavourful and fav too

Hi dear..What a perfect and clear clicks...Beautiful presentation too..

Flavourful podi..a great way to use the curry leaves. Curry leaves is known to have a lot of medicinal properties. Lovely presentation.

my mom makes this all time for idli/dosa.. my favourite too :) love ur clicks

absolutely yummm...could smell d rich aroma here..;)
Tasty Appetite

loved the second click..this recipe is a keeper...!!!

Nicely presented and thanks for the tips dear!

beautiful clicks and nice homemade podi

amazing it dear...nice and flavorful podi

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe... very healthy and will be a great addition to any dish... as always your pictures are stunning...

Thanks for this wonderful and useful recipe. Looks lovely and flavourful.

wow...definitely a must try:)

I love this karuveppilai podi and this click looks like superb.

mmm mmm I can smell it all way here - divine smell of currivepallai!

I know almost nothing of Indian food. How do you use this recipe once it is a powder? Is it mixed with other foods?

Reta: Yes. We mix this powder with oil or ghee and serve that as a condiment for idly, Dosa and some times for Steamed white rice.

Looks interesting... I am going to prepare it tomorrow....

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