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Friday, April 03, 2009

Karuveppila podi (curry leaves powder)

I love podis of all kinds. The reason is very simple....once they are made, they can be stored forever(well....maybe not forever, but you get the idea, don't u??) and whenever I feel lazy, we can always fall back on the podi...mix it with some rice and ghee and along with a thoran and papadum, that's a decent meal. The storekeeper at the place where I usually buy my veggies always gives me a lot (seriously people, it is a LOT) of curry leaves for free. Iam never able to use it all up before it starts turning black and loses its odour (there, that sounds better than rotten, doesn't it?). This time round, I decided to turn it into a podi (powder).

Here's what you need: Curry leaves - 3 cups (heaped)
Red chilli - 8
Black peppercorns - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - a handful (roughly 1/4 cup)
Channa dal - a handful (roughly 1/4 cup)
Salt

Wash the curry leaves and spread on a newspaper or cloth until it is completely dry.
Heat the two dals in the microwave for 2 minutes or until the dal starts turning reddish. Heat the red chillies and pepper for 30 seconds and then the curry leaves for 2 minutes or until it loses all its moisture.
Add salt and grind to a powder.
This does not need to be refrigerated and stays good for quite a while.This is my entry to :
Lakshmi's Meals on Wheels
Easy's WYF Side dish event

22 comments:

sra said...

One of my most favourite podis! I've never made it myself, though. One day, after the decluttering ...

LG said...

Beautiful Color of the podi and it must be very aromatic too. Thanks for sending it accross Jayashree

jayasree said...

Me too loves podi rice. I add a bit of tamarind while making karuveppila podi. Loved the color of your podi. Nice green color.

EC said...

Apart from eating with rice, I also like to add this a bit to vegetables also..nice colour of the podi

Happy cook said...

I have heard so much about this podi and seen them i have never had them.

Asha said...

Love the color, so green and yummy! :)

Pavithra Kodical said...

I read that curry leaves are good for your health..This is a nice way of including them in our meals.Will try these.Thanks for the recipe.

Cham said...

Very aromatic and favo podi! Great color

Alka said...

So very true,me too get a huge bunch of curry leaves,but by the time i need a decent portion of it, the curry leaves starts wilting.I never knew these could be preserved in this way.
Thanks for sharing :-)

sowmya said...

sometimes i wonder what to do with the huge and generous stock of curry leaves..this is a great idea

Madhumathi said...

Love curry leaves podi.It has got a nice color.

Pooja said...

This is something new to me. Great way of adding up curry leaves to your food. Would give this a try for sure :)

Uma said...

looks so delicious. Love this podi.

Gayathri said...

Delicious podi, looks great

sharada said...

Never tried making this.heard curry leaf is good for hairs.
The podi looks good.
Thanks for dropping by & leaving ur comment.Do come again.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yummy podi.. love it!

Home said...

Looks nice! I can almost get the aroma here.

Homecooked

mitr_bayarea said...

So fresh...mmm..it must also smell heavenly.

Archana said...

Looks very simple. Very nice one:-)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow nice color and healthy to inculde curry leaves... Nice podi...

nithya at hungrydesi said...

sounds great...and what a wonderful idea for using up the curry leaves before they go bad.

sra said...

I made this today, and it worked like a dream! But the funniest thing was, even after spread-drying the curry leaves overnite, and zapping them in the MW for almost 5 minutes, there seemed to be some moisture on the plates I used to zap them in? I zapped for 2 minutes, noticed the moisture and kept zapping them over and over - the moisture was still there, though the leaves themselves were dry. I tried it with an idli and gingelly oil and it was really tasty, thanks!