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Karuveppilai Podi : Curry Leaves Podi

Karuveppilai podi or curry leaves podi is a super healthy podi (powder) which you can make in bulk and store in air tight containers! This podi tastes delicious with rice, idlis, dosas or paranthas! 
Course condiments
Cuisine south indian


  • 4 cups curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 1/2 cup urad dal
  • 1/2 cup channa dal
  • 10 -15 chillies red (dry) (adjust according to how spicy you want the podi)
  • 10- 15 pods garlic (unpeeled)
  • to taste salt
  • 1 tbsp gingelly oil (sunflower oil will do too)


  • Dry roast curry leaves till dry, crisp and slightly brown.
  • Heat gingelly oil and roast the dals and red chillies till they start turning brown.
  • Pound the garlic pods with the peel. Here is a tip that my MIL gave me whenever you are adding garlic to any podi, just add with peel. One, it will hold the flavour better and two, it will leave less moisture and hence the podi will last longer.
  • Grind the curry leaves and dals.
  • Now mix all the ingredients well. The roasted and grinded curry leaves, the roasted and grinded dals, pounded garlic, hing and salt.
  • Store in clean, dry jars.
  • Serve with rice or idlies with ghee or gingelly oil. A friend said she eats with roti's too. I think that's what I will try next.


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