Sunday, May 15, 2016

karuvepillai podi / Curry leaves powder

The Curry leaves also called Karivepallai, Karivembu or Kadipatta is Packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E. Curry leaves help your heart function better, fights infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality. So, if you want to include more curry leaves to your food this is one of the best ways.......Karuvepillai podi...
Curry leaves -  2 cups
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Bengal gram or channa Dal - 1/4 cup
Red Chillies- 3-4 or as needed
Asafoetida - Small piece or 1 tsp
Gingelly oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

Wash curry leaves well, by soaking in water for 2-3 minutes. Strain water and dry it. 
Dry the curry leaves either by spreading it on a  plate and putting under sun or u can dry roast it on gas or dry it in microwave. Be careful that they should not be burnt.Curry leaves will shrink and change color.I have dried under sun.
Dry roast urad dal and channa dal until dal turns golden brown. once roasted transfer it to a plate.
Add 1/2 tsp oil and fry asafoetida. Dry roast red chillies and salt for a few minutes.

Let all ingredients transferred to plate come to room temperature. Dry grind 
the dal, red chillies and asafoetida. Then add curry leaves and grind everything together (slightly coarse) along with salt required.
Store it in an air tight container so that it does not loose its freshness.
.....and there yummy and healthy podi is ready to relish. Mix gingelly oil and enjoy with idlis. you can also have it with rice, Dosa...etc...etc....

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