Karuveppilai Podi

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Karuveppilai podi/ curry leaf powder can be used as a side dish for dosa/ildi. Mix the powder with sesame oil and enjoy.


  • Oil – 1/2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 cups, washed and pat dried
  • Dry red chilli – 6
  • Channa dal – 1/4 cup
  • Urad dal – 2 tbsps
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Corriander seeds – 1 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp
  • Hing – 1/8 tsp
  • Tamarind – 1 heaping teaspoon of tamarind
  • Salt – to taste


    • Heat 1/2 tbsp of oil in a wok.
    • Add the curry leaves and keep stirring until they turn crisp.
    • Remove the curry leaves onto a plate to cool.
    • Add 1 tbsp of oil to the same wok and fry the dry red chillies for a minute.
    • Remove the chillies and let them cool.
    • Add channa dal, urad dal, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and hing to the wok and fry them in medium heat until they turn a bit darker than golden brown. Keep stirring continuously.
    • Remove them onto a plate and let it cool down completely.

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  • When the ingredients have cooled down completely; grind the curry leaves, chilli, dal mixture, tamarind and salt together in a mixer into a coarse powder.
  • Taste the powder by mixing it with little sesame oil or any cooking oil to check the salt level.Add more salt if required.
  • Store the karuveppilai podi/ curry leaf powder in an air tight container.

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