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Curry leaves Powder recipe / Karuvepillai (Karuveppilai) Podi recipe

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Curry leaves is a must in Indian cooking, because of health benefits. Curry leaves is consumed in too many forms, mostly as a tempering ingredient in almost all the south Indian dishes, in chutney’s, may be deep fried as crisps along with deep fry like chicken 65, fish fry and so on. There is one more take on this curry leaves as Curry leaves powder commonly known as KARUVEPPILAI PODI in tamil / Karibevu pudi in Kannada.

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Curry leaves powder recipe / Karuvepillai podi recipe

This curry leaves powder / Karuveppilai Podi can be served along with steamed rice with a tbsp of ghee/gingelly oil, can be served along with idli and dosa with some gingelly oil. This powder can be prepared and stored in an air tight container and it stays fresh for months’ time, so that it will be easy to use.  All it takes just 10 mins to prepare, but a life saver, that can be used for lunch or breakfast or dinner.

For more basic ingredients recipes, CLICK HERE and for more Chutney Recipes CLICK HERE.

Curry leaves has too many medicinal health benefits as it is rich in calcium and vitamin A, the most common among them are our hair growth – this helps in dense hair growth, prevent hair fall and also delays hair greying. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Ulundam paruppu / White lentils / Urad dal – 3 tbsp
  • Tuvaram paruppu / Split pigeon peas / Toor dal – 2 tbsp
  • Kadala paruppu / Split chick pea (gram) / Channa dal – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves / Karuveppilai – 1 ½ cups
  • Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – 1 ½ tsp
  • Black peppercorns / Milagu – 1 ½ tsp
  • Red chillies – 4 nos
  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Wash the curry leaves in running water, drain the water, spread it over a cloth and dry it for almost an hour.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel, add all the lentils (white lentils, split pigeon peas, split chick pea) followed by cumin seeds, pepper corns and red chillies.
  • Cook in medium flame until it turns golden brown in color, remove it from fire and spread it over a plate.
  • Add the curry leaves and garlic to the same vessel, and cook until the leaves turn crispy.
  • Remove it from fire and spread it over a plate.
  • Grind the lentils, spices, red chillies and cumin seeds to a fine powder.
  • Add the curry leaves and garlic to the ground powder and grind it to a fine powder.
  • Transfer it to a plate, spread it and let it rest until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Transfer it to an air tight container.

Stay fresh for months’ time. Serve with idli, dosai or steamed rice topped with gingelly oil or ghee/clarified butter.

 

Aloo Palak Stir-Fry

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Recently I got to taste this combination in one of the restaurant, it was delicious. And so thought of preparing it at home, it came out well. I have accompanied it with steamed rice and sambar. Let us move on to the recipe…

Aloo Spinach Stir-Fry

Aloo Spinach Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

  • Palak – 1 bunch
  • Aloo / Potato – 4 nos (medium sized)
  • Onion – 1 no (medium size)
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Blackgram – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Chilli powder – ¾ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp.

Preparation:

  • Take out the palak from the stalks, wash them in running water, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions, keep it aside.
  • Pressure-cook the potatoes for 2 whistles, remove the lid when the pressure subsides.
  • Drain the water, rinse the potatoes in running water and roughly chop them. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add in the mustard, split black gram and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
  • Add in the onions and cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add in the palak leaves and cook for few mins, sprinkle little water, cover and cook until the palak is cooked.
  • Add in the potato pieces, along with salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Cook until the masala gets blend well with the veggies.

Serve hot. Goes out well as side dish for lunch or as side dish with chapathi or roti for dinner.

Keerai Sadham / Spinach Rice

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I have shared few rice recipes / one pot meal recipes and now this time it’s completely different recipe – Spinach Rice / Keerai Sadham, here the rice is cooked with spinach and few spices. I would strongly suggest Amaranthus Tritus / Arakeerai in tamil for this recipe.

Arakeerai in tamil and is known as Thotakura in Telugu, Chauli in Hindi and Cheera in Malayalam.

This Spinach rice / Keerai sadham is an authentic and traditional food of south Tamilians (Tuticorin and Tirunelveli). A very healthy, delicious and flavorful dish, a good source of consuming spinach, especially for kids those who never include spinach in food. This goes out well for lunch with fried vadagams (Koozh vadagams).

Health benefits of Arakeerai / Amaranthus Tritus: It helps in preventing some common diseases like fever, constipations, purifies blood, improves the vision and also increases the blood content.

Do check out my other vegetarian rice recipes (one pot meal) in this link: https://madraasi.com/main-course/vegetarian/

I am taking it to Fiesta Friday #85 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Keerai Sadham / Spinach Rice

Keerai Sadham / Spinach Rice

Ingredients:

  • Arakkeerai / Amaranthus Tritus – a bunch
  • Onions – 1 ½ nos
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Cumin seeds – 2 ¼ tsp
  • Garlic cloves – 6 nos
  • Rice – 1 ½ cups
  • Red chilies – 5 nos
  • Coconut pieces – 3 tbsp
  • Tamarind – a gooseberry size
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Black gram – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp.

Preparation:

  • Destalks the spinach, wash them in water, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic, keep it aside.
  • Finely chop the tomatoes.
  • Soak tamarind in ¼ cup of water and prepare tamarind extract.
  • Take coconut pieces, 2 tsp of cumin seeds and red chilies in a blender and blend them to fine paste by adding little water.
  • Add in the tamarind extract along with the ground coconut masala and continue grinding it to fine paste. Keep it aside.
  • Heat coconut oil in a pressure-cooker, add in ¼ tsp of cumin seeds, onions and garlic. Cook until they start turning golden brown.
  • Add in the cleaned spinach and cook for few mins or until they become dark green in color.
  • Add in the washed rice and cook for few mins (5 mins) along with little salt and turmeric powder.
  • Pour in 4 cups of water, let it boil, cover and pressure-cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid, when the pressure subsides.
  • Pour in the grounded coconut masala, tomato and a handful of spinach along with a cup of water, give a stir, and keep in medium flame, until it thickens.

Serve hot with vadagam or pappad for lunch topped with a dollop of ghee/clarified butter.

Note: Cover the vessel immediately after you cook, so that the aroma does not escapes out and serving with a dollop of ghee/clarified butter is optional.