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Karuveppilai Podi | Curry Leaves Powder

Curry leaves are an essential ingredient in South Indian cooking, especially for seasoning. Not only it has a unique aroma and taste, it has lot of medicinal properties. Curry leaves are a rich source of iron, calcium and vitamins. It is good for hair, eyes and even helps control cholesterol and diabetes. Apart from seasoning, curry leaves can be used to make kuzhambu(gravy), chutney or this spice powder.

Karuveppilai podi is a spicy and flavorful powder made with curry leaves, lentils and spices. I learnt this recipe from my grandmother. This aromatic powder can be served with idli and dosa, drizzled with sesame oil. If you want a quick lunch option, mix this powder with steaming rice along with ghee or sesame oil and serve with pappad/appalam. Store in an airtight container and it stays fresh for 2 weeks.


{  Spice powder with curry leaves, roasted lentils, red chillies and spices }
Makes 1 ½ cup


4 cups curry leaves, tightly packed
½ cup whole urad dal
10-12 dry red chillies
1 tsp asafoetida / hing
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
Salt to taste


1. Wash the curry leaves well and let it rest in the colander/sieve for 15 minutes. Then spread on a newspaper or cotton cloth and let it dry completely.

2. In a pan, dry roast the curry leaves until they turn crisp, taking care not to burn them. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

3. In the same pan, roast the urad dal on medium flame until golden. Transfer to the plate.Then fry the red chillies until crisp and set aside.

4. Dry roast the pepper and jeera until nice aroma comes. Lastly add hing and fry for few seconds. Transfer to the plate. Allow everything to cool.

5. Grind the dal, red chillies, pepper, jeera, asafoetida and salt coarsely. Then add the curry leaves and grind to a powder. Let the powder cool a little and then transfer to an air tight container.

Serving Suggestion ~ Idli/dosa with sesame oil or mix with rice and ghee.

Notes and Tips
  • You can roast the curry leaves in microwave oven too. Spread them on a plate and microwave for 2-3 minutes or until crisp.
  • Make sure that the curry leaves are completely dry and there is no moisture.
  • Adjust the amount of red chillies according to your spice preference.
  • Grind the powder to fine or little coarse as per your preference.


  1. Healthy podi!! lovely colour!!

  2. Me too prepared the same yesterday but added some Channa dal too. Love the colour of your podi. Awesome clicks as usual :-)

  3. healthy podi.. My makes it with almost all greens.. nice tempting clicks

  4. Healthy & flavorful podi.. Beautiful clicks as always dear..

  5. Very essential handy podi with bright colour.

  6. wow the vibrant color attracts much dear... Today my post too with curry leaves... I can imagine how its flavorful and tasty with hot idlies...

  7. Karuveppilai podi looks delicious, lovely color.

  8. Love that color, perfectly done..

  9. healthy flavorful podi..yumm :)

  10. My fav podi, healthy too...can have extra 2 more idlis with this podi...beautiful presentation and pictures...

  11. I love to mix this podi with rice and ghee... sooo yummm.. love the color of your podi..

  12. Nice inviting pics.. Healthy podi.Tastes soo good with dosa and idli..

  13. My amma's fav and she prepares it when ever we get lots of curry leaves at home! well presented.

  14. Thats a vibrant color .Nice click sona :)

  15. What a colorful podi, simply love it!

  16. In love with your pictures and the whole set up of the picture... what color of the podi!

  17. What beautiful photos. I love the colour!

  18. love the color, where you can use this? with idis?

    1. Thanks Linsy. You can have the podi with idli or dosa. You can also mix this powder with rice and a dollop of ghee.

  19. I love the curry leaf flavour.. I made this too few months ago.

  20. awesome green colour. New for me, but can think of adding this to so many dishes. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  21. Awesome pics Sona.. Just need some idlis and nallenai to dig in..

  22. wat color n flavorss hv gone into it.. i jus need some hot rice wit this..

  23. Gorgeous color adding an healthy edge

  24. Beautiful color and informative post.......Very glad to follow u....... :)

  25. Oh u are bringing so many green dishes a color I need so much when I am shivering in the cold.Yummy looking podi to have with some ghee.

  26. Yes it goes well with all types of dosa.I love it


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