Curry Leaves (Kariveppilai) Powder

This curry powder complements Idli and Dosa or can be mixed with rice. It can also be sprinkled over any Vegetable Poriyal.

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Curry Leaves (Kariveppilai) Powder

Recipe by S Kamala
4.0 from 1 vote
Course: Masala PowdersCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Discover the perfect accompaniment for your Idli and Dosa – a flavorful curry leaves powder. Enhance your meals with this versatile spice blend. This can also be sprinkled over any Vegetable Poriyal.


  • Curry Leaves – 1 cup

  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 2 tablespoons

  • Urad Dhal – 1 tablespoon

  • Asafoetida – a small gooseberry size

  • Red Chillies – 3 to 4 Nos

  • Tamarind – a gooseberry size

  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin (Jeeragam) – 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic Flakes – 2 (small size)

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

  • Oil – 1 to 2 teaspoons


  • Heat some oil in a pan, and then separately fry the coriander seeds, jeeragam, bengal gram dhal, urad dhal, asafoetida, red chillies, tamarind, and garlic flakes.
  • Fry the curry leaves for 1-2 seconds and then switch off the stove.
  • Allow the ingredients to cool and then grind them into a coarse powder in a mixie, adding salt.
  • This powder can be added to hot rice with a teaspoon of ghee or gingelly oil, and goes well with idli/dosa too.

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  • This curry leaves powder can also be used to sprinkle over any vegetable poriyal.


  1. Delicious! Love curry leaves! 🙂

  2. A slight variation to the above is by roasting the curry leaves in microwave for say 2 minutes and crushing the dries leaves by hand to a coarse power to be mixed with a pinch of salt and eaten with hot white rice.

    K.R.Parimala Chennai 87

  3. Hi Parimala,

    Thank you for sharing the quick version of this podi.

  4. Curry leave podi was appriciated by my amma,
    thank you very much, 🙂

  5. How long we can keep this podi in shelf ? Do we need to refrigerate?

  6. Thank you very much for your reply

  7. Where will I get the kerala dish- “Inchi Puli” a made out of tamarind and ginger in Chennai?
    or else give me the actual kerala receipe

    • Hi Lakshmi,

      You may try it in “Grand Sweets” / “Adyar Ananda Bhavan” / “Krishna Sweets” or any other shops which sell pickles. I will try this recipe and post it soon.

  8. thank you kamala,
    I saw your inchi puli recipe

  9. Hi mam,

    When i prepare pal payasam, soon it gets solid.
    How to keep pal payasam as liquid for long time

    • Hi Thilaga,

      To keep Pal Payasam liquid for long time, you have to reduce the quantity of rice and increase the quantity of milk. Still you find it solid, then before serving add little boiled milk to the payasam and make it liquid.

  10. Hi aunty,this powder is really good I have made it daughter 8 yrs old jus loves better way to karuvepilai. Tried quiet a number of recipes from ur site.started eating veggies in a flavorful way. Please aunty do post recipe for filter coffee.think somebody else also had enquired.this podi gets over in a weeks time. So good.hameeda

  11. i need to know the receipe of rose cookies – a famous snack in nagarkoil

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