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Karuvepillai Podi | Curry Leaves Powder | Brahmin Podi Recipe | Podi Dosa

Tamil Brahmin are known for their vegetarian delicacies and no doubt they sure will make anyone love their recipes simple yet delicious. I must say that its sure a skill to cook without onions and garlic and still make recipes that are delicious. Not only their cooking but also their day to day habits will surely astonish everyone, I have had brahmin friends and neighbours from whom I have learnt so much, not like something they sat and taught me but something I learnt by seeing their day to day habits. So today I will be sharing Karuvepillai Podi / Curry leaf powder which is a great accompaniment with dosa, idly and also can be used to make mixed rice with ghee. 

Curry leaves are known for many of its health benefits which include liver health, digestion, eyesight, cholesterol control and many more. Apart from all these Indians believe that curry leaves help in hair growth and also for long black hair. Many Indian ayurvedic hair oils use curry leaf extract and paste. So make it a point to include these health leaves in your daily diet


Prep time - 20 mins

Makes - 2 cups of curry leaf powder


Curry leaves - fresh, washed & sun dried - 1 and 1/2 cup

Red chilli (dry) - 10 nos
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Chana dal - 1/4 cup
Asefotedia / hing - 2-3 pinches
Salt - as required


  • Wash curry leaves in water 2-3 times, drain excess water using a colander and spread on a paper to sun dry for 2 hours.

  •  Next dry roast all the ingredients one by one until they release a good aroma and start turning a little golden. Dry roast urad dal, chana dal, dry red chilli. Next dry roast sesame seeds dont let them change colour. Now dry roast the curry leaves until they are crisp and start to crumble when crushed with hands. Using a mixer pulse all the dry roasted ingredients until fine. You can add in batches and grind, while doing that include hing and salt

To make Podi Dosa

  • In a small bowl add 3 tsp of curry leaf podi and mix with 2 tsp of gingely oil, mix well.
  • When you spread the dosa batter on the oil tawa and as the batter is getting cooked add the mixed podi mix on top and spread using the laddle
  • If you wish you can turn the dosa to cook the other side

Cooks Wisdom

- While grinding to a powder make sure all ingredients are in room temperature  Do not over roast the ingredients always make sure that the stove is in medium-low flame
- Adding sesame seeds is optional it gives a lovely nutty flavour 
- You can also use toor dal instead of channa dal to make this podi.

Linking this to Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday event started by Nalini. Kindly excuse my late entry

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  1. Very very healthy and flavourful pod I, love ur pod I dosai. Makes me hungry.... as always beautiful clicks...

  2. Super flavorful podi. Beautiful clicks.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Healthy and flavorful podi.. My mom prepares this podi often ..

  4. Hmmm mouth watering back to blogging again..hope so at least
    Starting by commenting on ur space;)

  5. Nice and flavorful podi,my favorite..My mom packs a big pack of this podi everytime we visit to the second click very much..

  6. I love the way you writeup your posts.Very nice color Priya. like your pictures

  7. Oh Priya that dosa looks sooo crispy..and the karuvepillai podi is looking yummyy.
    True it is an art to cook without onion and garlic and still make their dishes so yummy.

  8. Love the clicks,dosai with podi is just making me feel hungry

  9. Very healthy podi. What a coincidence; yesterday only i asked the recipe of this podi from my mom. Soon i will try to post.

  10. Lovely podi.............My favorite one..........Love the clicks too............

  11. love to have a plate of that.. i have never tried podi, but i love tosai.

  12. flavourful podi that too with crispy dosai yummy

  13. very healthy one priya.. i love tis with podi with rice too

  14. love ur props dear...yummy dosa

  15. That's a cool idea, should try sometime adding in dosa. I never thought this way :)

  16. Interesting... yep healthy wise very good
    Shobas Delight

  17. powder luks yummy n tempting cliks.

  18. Wow ! Nice pics.Healthy Podi.

  19. healthy podi and very well presented dear...

  20. I add few pepper corns else the same. loved it on dosa :)

  21. healthy podi da homemade is always best na :)

  22. beautiful bowls ,they look awesome.

  23. Very flavorful and yummy podi..

  24. Can we use leaves from a plant which has become all dried??


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