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Karuveppilai Chutney | Curry Leaves Chutney

Curry leaves is one of the indispensable ingredients in South Indian cooking. They not only add flavor and aroma to a dish, but provide numerous health benefits. Curry leaves help to improve digestion and eyesight. They are packed with carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. Curry leaves are known to prevent graying of the hair and aid in healthy hair growth.

Well, now that you know the goodness of curry leaves, we must try to include them regularly in our diet. Though its commonly used for seasoning, you can use it to make chutneys, kuzhambu (gravies) and podi (spice powder). Karuveppilai chutney is a healthy dish you can easily make using curry leaves. It goes well with most tiffin varieties, especially idli and dosa. Let's check out how to make this simple yet flavorful chutney.


{ Curry leaves chutney with coconut and green chillies }
Serves 2


½ cup tightly packed curry leaves
2 tsp urad dal / ulutham paruppu
A pinch of asafoetida / hing
¼ cup grated coconut
4-5 green chillies
½ tsp tamarind paste / marble-sized tamarind
Salt to taste
1 tsp oil

For the tempering:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds


1. Wash the curry and pat them dry completely. In a small pan, heat ½ tsp oil and fry the curry leaves until crispy. Set aside.

2. Add remaining oil in the same pan and add the urad dal. Fry till the dal turns golden. Then add asafoetida, coconut and green chillies. Fry for 30 seconds.

3. Cool everything and grind along with tamarind and salt to a smooth consistency adding little water.

4. In a small pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, pour over the chutney and mix.

Notes and Tips
  • You can also add 1 tsp of roasted gram (pottukadalai) while grinding. No need to fry it.
  • Adjust the amount of chillies according to your spice level. You can also use red chillies instead of green chillies.
  • The chutney should be slightly thick in consistency, so add water accordingly while grinding.


  1. oh wow i love curry leaves and thats why i have got to try this chutney:)
    Beautiful clicks:)

  2. Such a pretty green chutney, very attractive and healthy, can have few idlies with it.

  3. nice yummy chutney.. perfect with idly / dosa

  4. can i used frozen curry leaves or need fresh one only? love the flavor of curry leaves very much so i can make this

    1. Yes Linsy, you can make with frozen curry leaves too but fresh ones would taste much better. Frozen curry leaves will have less flavor when compared to the fresh ones and color of the chutney may also differ.

  5. what a color.. temping too much..this can go well with lot of dishes

  6. Flavorful and healthy chutney with a appealing green color and beautiful clicks..

  7. Tempting and delicious curry leaves chutney!!

  8. Nice color...beautiful blog u have. Visit my space if u get time.

  9. stunning and healthy karuvepillai chutney, delicious sis....

  10. lovely clicks with superb healthy chutney Sona...

  11. Lovely clicks, healthy and yummy chutney, looks perfect with those idlis..

  12. What a lovely color the chutney has got, looks delicious.. Nice clicks too..

  13. I made this once back in India, a dry version though... And soon going to try it out soon! :)

  14. Fabulous pics. .. chutney looks superb and so green and fresh.. I can gobble few idlis just seeing this chutney :)

  15. Interesting I have not made a liquid form chutney with curry leaves, looks very nice..

  16. Very beautiful pics dear...and flavorful chutney

  17. very healthy chutney your presentation and pics....beautiful!!

  18. AnonymousJune 20, 2014

    Beautiful chutney! I have only made 'thuvaiyal' with curry leaves, this is great!

  19. AnonymousJune 20, 2014

    a delicious chutney and beautiful presentation!

  20. i liked the chutney.had it with dosais.


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