Karivepaku Podi / Curry Leaf Spice Powder

Curry leaf spice powder or Karivepaku podi is a condiment that is super healthy and tasty. Being a

 South Indian our everyday food is incomplete without podi or spice powders. I can live on these

 podis and chutneys my whole life. Curry leaf powder tastes super delicious with hot steamed rice or

 with  idly and  dosa. Curry leaves are rich in iron, controls blood sugar levels and aids in digestion.

This is my sister's recipe, she made it for me when I recently visited India. This is a super

 simple, spicy  and aromatic podi which can be stored in air tight container for at least 1-2 months.

This recipe  goes to  day 2 of Blogging Marathon 128 under the  theme " Tiffin

 Side dishes".


Curry leaves  2 cups

Chana dal 2 tbsp

Udad dal 3 tbsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Coriander seeds 3 tbsp

Red chili 10-15 ( as per your taste )

Garlic cloves 6-7

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Tamarind 1/2 of lemon size

Oil 2 tbsp

Ghee 1 tbsp


Wash the curry leaves nicely  and let them dry until the moisture is disappeared.

Heat oil in a pan and fry chana dal and udad dal until nice aroma comes out.

Now add coriander seeds, red chili and dry curry leaves.

Fry for 2-3 minutes and add garlic, cumin and tamarind.

Saute for a minute or two.

Switch off flame and let the ingredients cool down.

Add the ingredients in a mixer jar along with salt and turmeric powder.

Grind everything  to fine powder or slightly course powder.

Now heat ghee in a pan, add the ground powder, mix and fry for a minute on low to medium flame. 

Cool completely before storing in a air tight container.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for Blogging Marathon 128.


vaishali sabnani said...

Curry leaves podi sounds super aromatic as well as flavorful. I have never tried the home made version, but I always stock different varieties of these podis . Must try making these at home, they sound quite simple to make.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I have started making curry leaves powder every time we trim our curry leaf plant. I don't add garlic in my recipe, but that sounds amazing. My boys are big garlic lovers and they would love it.

Srivalli said...

This is such a versatile podi and so healthy too..I love to have it with rice as well!

Radha said...

The podi looks great in color as well as flavor profile. This is great condiment to have with tiffins or with ghee rice. Great choice!

Suma Gandlur said...

Your plate reminded me my mother who also loves karivepaku podi with her idlis. :) Love the color of that delicious podi.

Harini R said...

This post reminded me of the karivepaku podi my mom makes from home grown curry leaves. It used to be me cutting down the huge branches of the curry leaf tree, cleaning, drying and then amma would make a huge batch of podi :)
Love it in all variations.