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curry leaves podi
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Curry leaves powder recipe

Curry leaves powder recipe - karuvepillai podi is a south Indian dry powder for rice, very very healthy for health, a must in the kitchen. With step by step pictures and full video.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup Curry leaves tightly packed
  • ½ cup Urad dal/ Ulutham paruppu
  • 10 Red chillies
  • 3 tablespoon Coconut grated
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • Salt - As needed


Roasting curry leaves

  • I tried microwaving for making the curry leaves crisp for powdering it easily. And it did a great job in just 3 minutes!
  • Just spread the cleaned leaves in the microwave oven’s plate.(its should not be watery, so dry in a newspaper after washing the leaves).
  • Microwave in high for 2-3 minutes. Microwave one minute per one time.
  • Just stir the leaves with hand each time to ensure evenness. Give 2 minutes standing time to feel the crispness.
  • Heat a kadai. Add oil, roast urad dal, red chillies and coconut until golden brown in order.
  • Cool down and first grind red chillies, coconut, asafoetida, salt and curry leaves together to a fine powder.
  • Then lastly add Urad dal and grind to a coarse powder.



  • You can fry curry leaves in tawa too instead of microwave oven. Refer video.
  • Just heat a pan and add the curry leaves, give stirs now and then and switch off the stove once nice aroma rises. Leave it as such in tawa for 2 minutes to make it crisp. Then proceed.
  • Coconut and asafoetida adds a nice flavor to the podi.
  • This makes an ideal lunch box rice too. Just temper with mustard, urad dal and cashews and add it to the rice and mix the powder along with sesame oil.