Karivepaku podi - curry leaf powder recipe
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Karivepaku podi – Curry leaves powder recipe

Karivepaku podi – Curry leaves spice powder – a traditional spice powder mix with curry leaves as the main ingredient. Each family has its own unique recipes for gunpowders. Today I’m sharing my mother’s recipe. This will be good to eat as a side with hot rice and ghee. We also eat it as a side with idly, dosa or upma.

Curry leaf is a good source of iron, vitamin A, B and is high in antioxidants. These lower the bad cholesterol and reduce your chances of heart diseases. Even though we use these leaves in the day to day curries and dals, generally people won’t eat these. They just take them away, and this karivepaku podi is a good way to consume these leaves.

Karivepaku podi - curry leaf powder recipe

Curry leaves are said to be good for hair as well, known to blacken grey hair. My mother used to boil curry leaves in coconut oil and apply it on my hair for black and strong hair 🙂 We still make this flavored oil at home and use it for my daughter as well.

How to store excess curry leaves:

In this karivepaku podi recipe, I have used air dried curry leaves and hence leaves retain all nutrition as we are not heating these leaves. You can shade dry these leaves when you get them in abundance and store it for months. To dry these, wash the leaves thoroughly and spread it on a big plate. Cover it with a thin cloth and let it be at room temperature for a week or so. I generally dehydrate them in a dehydrator.

Karivepaku podi - curry leaf powder ingredients

In Indian summers, you can sun dry them as well. If drying is not an option for you, you can roast the leaves on a very low flame till they turn crisp. Or roast them in an oven on lowest possible temperature to retain maximum nutrition.

You might also be interested in similar spice powder recipe with Amla. Please check this link for all gunpowder or spice powder recipes on this blog.

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Karivepaku podi - curry leaf powder ingredients

Karivepaku podi recipe:

Karivepaku podi
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Curry leaf powder – a traditional spice powder mix with curry leaves as the main ingredient.

Course: Chutney
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Curry leaf
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Sravanthi
  • 1/4 cup chana dal
  • 1/4 cup urad dal
  • 1/4 cup moong dal
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 3 cups dried curry leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp methi seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 5 whole red chili
  • lemon-sized tamarind
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  1. Dry roast chana dal, urad dal, moong dal, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds one by one, till they turn light brown.

  2. Add tsp of oil and roast red chili and take them aside. Add one more tsp oil and roast the tamarind. Roast it on low flame till the tamarind turns crisp.

  3. Take all these roasted ingredients along with turmeric powder, sugar, garlic, salt and grind it into a fine powder.

  4. Add curry leaves to the grinder and grind into a fine powder.

  5. Store the powder in the airtight container. This stays good for a couple of months.

Karivepaku podi - curry leaf powder recipe

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