Monday, September 3, 2007

GBP-Curry leaves powder-Preserve the Greens!..


Blame the scorching summer in Tamil Nadu!!..most of my plants started dying out.Feeling much disappointed I discouraged myself working more with the Kitchen garden patch, except for a few saplings of curry leaf plants.They demanded to be watered twice, daily, in the shadow of other shrubs, to be protected from the direct heat of the sun.

Forward 5 months..Viola!.. The greens survived !!..They are still small and I had to snap the stalks a few from each of the half a dozen plants to carry on with the Curry leaves powder or the Karuveppilai podi, wanting them to grow well!.


The curry leaves(Murraya Koenigi) are believed to have wonderful medicinal/curative properties and nutritional qualities.Learn more about them here and here.

Green Blog Project was started by Inji of Ginger and Mango. This is my contribution to Deepz of LETZ COOK who is hosting the Green Blog Project - Summer 2007(April-Oct) event.

Ingredients:

2 cups Curry leaves-de stalked,washed and dried
A tsp of Cumin/Jeera seeds
A tsp of Bengal gram Dal/Kadalai paruppu
A tsp of Broken urad dal
6 nos-more or less-Red chillies
A tbsp of Coriander seeds/Kothamalli
A few drops of oil-for frying chillies
A goose berry sized ball of Tamarind-Sundry to remove any water content.
A pinch of Hing/asafoetida
Salt to taste

Method:

1. Dry roast the ingredients one by one, separately(except tamarind) .
Curry leaves,Coriander seeds,the dals,Jeera and the chillies in that order.

2. Bengal gram and urad dal should acquire a deep red colour.

3. The Curry leaves should be roasted stirring continuously till crisp.Add Hing while doing so.

4. Trickle a few drops of oil while frying the chillies.

5. Keep the flame to medium while frying.Maintain constant temperature throughout.Roasting is the most important part as it decides the quality of the powder.

6. Cool the ingredients.Pulse the dals first, followed by the other spices and dry grind in a mixer. Add the curry leaves and lastly the tamarind.This order is to be followed as the moisture content in the tamarind hinders the uniform powdering of the spices. Let the powder be a little coarse and not too powdery.

7. Store the powder in an air tight container.Stays fresh if refrigerated for 6 months.


Mix the powder with hot rice and ghee to make the instant and healthy Karuveppilai sadam.

32 comments:

  1. I had no idea curry leaves were so good for one Thanx

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  2. Hi!
    Curry powder rice is a very nice recipe! good entry!

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  3. Bharathy,

    I love curry leaves powder, looks so yummy

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  4. I love the taste of curry leaves Barathy great pics! :)

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  5. Great post Bharathy dear....:-)
    Loved ur snaps.....looks yummmmm

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  6. lovely post sis! i wish i cud have one of those undas! breautiful pics too!

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  7. Bharathy,
    kariveppila powder looks good.Beautiful pics.

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  8. great going girl the curry plant looks lovely and that powder mouth watering!

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  9. beautiful pictures!!! in Kerala we call it 'veppilakkatti'. coconut is dry roasted along with other ingredients. i would love to have your rice balls!

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  10. hi bharathy your podi recipe is great i luv .at last i found out how to leave a comment.your blog is too......good simple everyday recipes well presented attracting everyone to visit regularly keep going...iam very happy dear bharathy.

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  11. hi bharathy your podi recipe is great i luv it .at last i found out how to leave a comment.your blog is too......good simple everyday recipes well presented attracting everyone to visit regularly keep going...iam very happy dear bharathy.

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  12. hey bharathy, your curry leaves powder looks so good. mine died despite of love and care :( maybe another order from logees next year!!

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  13. So lucky to have a curry powder plant of your own. I have never tried the powder. i use the leaves for making upma though

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  14. Nice recipe Bharathy! Tamilians don't know to cook with out karuvepilai! Good for health too!

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  15. hi bharathy,,,HAPPY KRISHNAJAYANTHI!!!

    curry leaves having water droplets pic is so attractive,,,healthy recipe...i luv the aroma of this ....Thanks for sharing....

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  16. Beautiful picture of the curry leaves plant and the karuvepillai sadam. I got this powder from my mom this time. It's so yummy with ghee. So nice to see the same here.

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  17. your first snap is so good...!!!
    i love this kariveppilai sadam...i wish i could have one of those balls you have displayed!
    i am going to try this out and let u know the out come!:)

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  18. Hi Bharatay,
    I love curry leaves.. pics are beautiful with fresh curry leaves and mouth watering powder.

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  19. Looks so mouth watering. Recently I got some from my mom and it was gone in no time.
    A few curry leaves sell for $2 to $3 here and I can never even dream of making this yummy powder here.

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  20. thank you bharathy for encouraging me! i will certainly write more non veg recipes for you to try.

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  21. thank you bharathy for encouraging me! i will certainly write more non veg recipes for you to try.

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  22. This is a really nice recipe. I have never hear of those rice balls. They look so great. I love curry leaves. What do you usually eat those balls with? what else can be the powder used for?

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  23. karuvapillai podi is a super hit with thayir sadam - my thatha cant have pickles - so this tops his array of podis that he can choose as a side dish

    lakshmi
    http://theyumblog.wordpress.com

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  24. see, u too laughing @ me....:)
    i don't have guts for anything bharathy,,,,certainly i will remove that if bad votes goes on like this..thank u so much for making up me,,, U can mail me @ jsobila@gmail.com.

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  25. love curryleaves powder, those rice balls look so yummy Bharathy....

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  26. Love curry leaves powder .. have one in my blog too..haven't prepared it in a long time.. got to do it this week. thanks for the reminder and those balls look great.would like to come over.. why dont u invite me man??????????/

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  27. Hi Bharathy...This is a nice idea....curry leaves powder is my fav.....Urs looks perfect...great...

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  28. A fitting contribution to the Green Blog project!:)

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  29. Happy cook!..I welcome you here..happily!:)

    Thanks to you girls..Usha,Sreelu and Jeena!..:)

    Thanks for all the nice words,Sirisha,nags,prajusha and Roopa :)

    Lissie,I have not known about this until latelely when Bee told the same!!

    Zlam--The rice balls are popped directly in!:)..Cooked rice mixed with ghee and the powder..thatz all..will do!:)..

    Renuka!!..Over the phone!:)

    Rajitha,It is really tough to bring up these..All the best next time,dear!

    Thanx to you, Sandeepa and Latha!:)

    Sobila..hope you too had a wonderful day!..same pinch..for the flops of vella seedai!!:D..

    Thanx kribha!

    Please,Nanditha!do try and let me know!

    Thanx Madhu for your encouraging words..

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  30. Yes Suma..I know it is exp there in your place..Get them when you come down to India..!!Here it's plenty and usually taken for granted!:)

    Lissie..Will surely visit yours..coz I like your recipe collection!:)

    Zlam--The rice balls are popped directly in!:)..Cooked rice mixed with ghee and the powder..thatz all..will do!:)..

    Nice to note that Lakshmi!..Thatha knows this is healthier than pickles,you see..:)


    Not to hurt you Sobi...But you
    sounded too innocent..that made me smile..the other day!!:)

    Thanx to you..Sig!!:)

    Prema!!Vangalen..any time..!!:)..Ungala vidava nan nalla pannren?:)

    Hugs to you girls Sukanya and manasi!:)

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  31. waw you seem to have agreat garden. I should try curry leaves next spring!

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  32. you're bringing back such delicious memories!! i am going to try this out.. thank you!

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