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Kariveppilai powder ( Curry Leaves Powder )

When I saw Indiras’ lovely lovely picture of the curry leaf twig, I was just gazing at that picture for a while – the quality of the picture was tooo good. Just then did it occur to me that curry leaf is an often forgotten ingredient but nevertheless filled with micro-nutrients.

Curry leaves are among the richest sources of micronutrients, antioxidants and carotene. They are also used to increase the appetite of convalescents. Curry leaf mixed with limejuice is a folk remedy for morning sickness. ( Source : The Hindu )

We had a couple of curryleaf trees at home in India. Sometimes we have to trim off the tree, because the tree will start to bend because of the weight of the leaves. Then we will give away the leaves for free to all our neighbours and sell-off the remaining huge sackfuls.

Here in USA the matters are upside down. You have to shell out quite a bit to take a couple twigs of not-so-fresh leaves.

One of the have-to-haves when coming back from India is curry leaves powder or Kariveppilai powder. It is one of the best way to store the leaves for a long time – a spicy roasted blend of curry leaves, dry red chillies, peppercorns, urad dal, channa dal & salt.

Roast one cup of curry leaves until slightly crispy. Set aside. Roast 2 dry red chillies, 2 tablespoon of peppercorns until the chillies change color. Set aside. Now roast two tablespoon of urad dal and two tablespoon of channa dal until color changes and you smell the aroma. All the roasting is without any oil.

Cool all the ingredients. Add salt and make a powder using the coffee grinder.

Just a teaspoon full of this powder over hot rice and a dab of ghee is one fulfilling starting course in a typical Tamil Lunch.

Kariveppilai podi saadam ( Curryleaf powder rice) – For
Lakshmi’s RCI-Tamil Cuisine ,
Nupurs’ K-for Indian Vegetables,
Indira’s JFI-Greens

April 7, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Looks so aromatic! Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.

    Comment by Nupur | April 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. I have had this and it’s yummy!

    I forget if you are in CA, but if you are I’ve been seeing curry leaves at Ranch 99 more cheaply than in the Indian stores. I saw a fifth of a pound today for a little over $2. Not as nice as fresh, free leaves in India, but not bad for the US!

    I tried growing a tree here in a pot, but it malingered a while and then died. Not as much sun as needed I guess.

    Comment by Diane | April 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. It just so happens I have alot of extra curry leaves in the fridge — not free of course! The podi sounds great — would love to know the proportions to make it sometime 🙂

    Comment by Linda | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Revathy,
    We too had curry leaves trees in India. Her in US i used to count the leaves and add it in cooking..
    curry leaves powder with reice looks great..very healthy and good for the hair growth too.Good entry.

    Comment by Prema Sundar | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  5. Good adapt all the 3 events..BTW what made you delete that start of Tamil recipe Index??You made me disappointed:(….

    Comment by Bharathy. | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  6. Reva,

    Itho, comment potutaen….ethukunnu prinjuthaa?? :))

    Naan oorukku poren, vathathum, Insha Allah, ithai patri pesalam. Till then, hearty wishes n regards da!

    Comment by A Yunus | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  7. thanks for sharing ! may be now i will carry such powder along with me ! nice entries for all 3 events.

    Comment by Pooja | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  8. ooh, thank you!!! 🙂

    Comment by Linda | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  9. Nupur,
    Yours is a lovely event. Glad to take part in it.

    NEver knew that. Next time I go there I will check out for this.

    Gave an early morning call to my mom for ur Linda.

    Its a disaster. Somehow all my comments are showing TamilRecipeIndex instead of my name Sob !Sob! – And a couple of other problems. Stay tuned. Will publish that blog sooon. Thanks for checking out.


    Oooruku poreengala. Ensaaai Ensaai. Kandipa varadhukulla Me and Prema will have a outline. Thanks for pitching in.

    Comment by Tamil Recipes Index | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  10. He he..yeah bcoz thatz how you have shown your name…don’t cry..take your own time..Wont be able to blog much next month as I will be away with my family to Paris…hoping to see the portal in June…All the best!

    Comment by Bharathy. | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  11. This is such a gorgeous blog! Positively dreamy pictures and very interesting recipes! You totally have a new reader!

    Comment by home cook | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  12. wonderful recipe. will be trying it soon.

    Comment by bee | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  13. Is this also known as vepelakatti?? In have tried and loved vepelakatti but cannot find a recipe anywhere. Help!

    Comment by anima | June 12, 2007 | Reply

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