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Curry Leaves Powder | Karuvepillai Podi

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Curry leaves has many health benefits like they help in reducing hair loss n premature greying of hair, helps in digestion, reduces acidity and indigestion, control diabetes, lowers cholesterol etc. Curry leaves powder are also given to newly delivered lactating mothers in some parts of India, considering the health benefits it has. Hey did I say it helps in weight loss too? Yes, incorporating curry leaves powder in the daily diet will help in losing weight by taking out fat and many other toxins from the body.

Making curry leaves powder is very easy. Make it once and relish it for next few months. They can be served along with steaming hot idlis, dosas, curd rice, plain steaming hot rice+ghee/oil etc.

I sometimes add a tablespoon of this to any vegetable or curries too to enhance taste and flavor. These type of spice powders come very handy when you are lazy to cook or running out of time.

Here’s mom’s version of it..

4 cups curry leaves, cleaned, removed from stem,
1/2 cup urad dal,
5-6 dried red chillies,
1/2 inch piece of whole asafoetida,
1 tbsp of sesame seeds,
Tamarind, slightly bigger than the size of one lime,
1 tsp oil from roasting
Salt as per taste


  1. Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in a non stick pan and fry the asafoetida until if puffs up. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the pan roast the red chillies. Remove and set aside.
  3. Next, roast the urad dal until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  4. Roast the sesame seeds until they start to splutter. Remove and set aside.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 tsp of oil and fry the curry leaves until they lose colour and start to turn crispy. Remove and set aside.
  6. Once all the ingredients have cooled down, put them in a mixer and churn. Add tamarind and salt and powder until its grainy in consistency. Check for salt, spice and tang and adjust.
  7. Serve with hot rice and ghee.


  1. You can store this powder for a long time upto 3 months. Always store in a dry and cool place.
  2. Keep the flame on low level while roasting the curry leaves or they will burn easily.

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  1. awesome!! i love karvepillai podi with anything…tastes great with bread and butter too…. we miss you too sweety!!

  2. Hi Jayashree, thanks for dropping my blog and for lovely comments. karuvepelai podi looks awesome. It is my hubby’s fav.. looks perfect.

  3. I love karvapillai podi, my mil makes this often and it tastes awesome…first time here you have a cool space …

  4. looks really neat and fresh Jayashree. I love your mom’s version too. Will try this next time.BTW thanks for trying it. It makes us really happy when somebody tries our recipe and post it in their blog.

  5. Thanks Aru..I’ll try it with bread and butter too!!!

    Thanks Jaishree..

    Thanks Usha..Welcome to my space..:)

    Thanks Vidhya..I’m sure there are loads of recipes which I will try out from your blog..