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Curry Leaf Powder

 Published 2010-Apr-01   Updated 2021-Oct-12

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(Curry Leaves Podi, Karuveppilai Podi Recipe, Karuvepilai Thuvayal, Karuvapila Chammandhi, Karivepaku Karam Podi, Karivepaku Podi)

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Curry leaves powder is a dry chutney powder made with curry leaves, urad dal, channa dal, dry red chilies, pepper corns and garlic. There are many dry chutney powders (podi vagaigal) made by the Tamil Brahmin community. It is also common in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The good thing about dry chutney powders is that it can be stored for several months. It comes in handy when you don't have time to prepare other curries or side dish. This curry leaf powder, also known as karuveppilai podi is one such podi. Some other popular podis include the paruppu podi (lentil chutney), poondu podi (garlic chutney) and thengai podi (coconut chutney). I will be sharing these and other podi recipes in the coming days.

Karuveppilai Podi takes very little time to make. It can be made when you have a big batch of curry leaves on hand. We all know the goodness of curry leaves that it is good for eyes and hair. Curry leaf powder goes well with some plain rice mixed with plain rice. It can also be served as a side with idli, dosa, chapati or idiappam. I have mixed curry leaves powder with beaten eggs to make tasty omelette. I have also used it to make lachha paratha. Whenever I have left over idiyappam, i like to it and mix it with some curry leaf powder. It tastes very good. Well, I'm sure there must be many more creative ideas to use this powder once you have a jar of it ready. Do share your innovative ideas (if you have any) below in the comments section. So don't delay, make it now.

Recipe For Curry Leaves Powder

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 cup


  • Curry Leaves - about 1 cup packed
  • Urad Dal - 2 tbsp
  • Channa Dal - 1 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilies - 5
  • Peppercorns - 5
  • Garlic - 1 clove


  1. Dry roast the urad dal and channa dal for 5-8 minutes on low heat till it turns golden brown in color.  It is very important for the flame to be in low. If not all the dals would get burnt.

    Curry Leaf Powder Steps

  2. Add the dry red chilies, garlic clove, peppercorns and curry leaves. Toss them constantly till they turn crisp (about 4-5 minutes). The leaves will become crispy such that the leaves will break even when pressed between fingers.

    Curry Leaf Powder Steps

  3. Turn off the heat and cool everything.
  4. Take all the ingredients in a mixie or blender along with required salt. Make a grainy powder.
  5. Store this in a dry container for up to 6 weeks.

Curry Leaf Powder

Serving Suggestions

  • Mix the powder with white rice and top with some ghee/oil to make instant curry leaf rice.
  • You  can also serve as a side for idli, dosa, chapatti etc.

Curry Leaf Rice


  • After roasting all the ingredients, you can grind it along with little water and required salt. This is more like a thick chutney and is commonly known as Karuvepilai Thuvayal (Curry Leaf Chutney).

More Dry Chutney Powder Recipes

Idli Milagai Podi Idli / Dosa Milagai Podi Sambara Podi Sambara Podi Idli Podi (Kanyakumari Style) Idli Podi (with sesame seeds)  
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keep doing indian food. srilankans love it as its veggie' mostly.
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Comment by sahida khan
         i love this recipes.
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         Thank You.

Comment by Aditi Manchal
          I like your Recipes a lot.. They r perfect ! Keep up the good work..
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         Glad to hear that. Thank You.

Comment by nithya naveenkumar
         it's a nice receipe.but i didn't use garlic its good taste
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        Thank you. You can always add/skip ingredients according to your taste.

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