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Karuveppilai Podi Rice

Prema Vaidyanthan
120 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Karuveppilai Podi Rice RECIPE

Flavorful curry leaves full of health benefits make an interesting addition to rice varieties when combined with simple ingredients used for Everyday cooking.I have added couple of vegetables to make it a more wholesome and healthier lunch box option

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Tiffin Recipes
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Roasting
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. For the podi (powder) :
  2. Curry leaves. 2 cups
  3. Urad dal. 2 tablespoons
  4. Chana dal. 1 tablespoon
  5. Dry Red chilies. 8
  6. Peppercorns 1 teaspoon
  7. Cumin seeds. 1 teaspoon
  8. Salt to taste
  9. For the rice :
  10. Cooked rice. 2 cups
  11. Potatoes. (medium sized) 2, boiled and cubed
  12. Onion. sliced. 1
  13. Green chilly. optional. 1
  14. Salt to taste
  15. For Tadka:
  16. Gingelly oil. 1 tablespoon
  17. Urad dal. 2 teaspoons
  18. Peanuts or cashew nuts. 2 tablespoons


  1. Wash and wipe dry curry leaves.Spread on a cloth and let it dry completely.
  2. Dry roast urad dal and chana dal till golden brown. Add pepper, cumin seeds and roast till aromatic. Keep it aside
  3. In the same pan, add curry leaves and roast until crisp. Switch off the flame
  4. Let the curry leaves remain in the pan to become crispier.
  5. Cool and grind with salt and other roasted ingredients to slightly coarse powder
  6. Heat oil in a pan. Add green chili and saute for a minute
  7. Add urad dal, cashew nuts/peanuts and roast till golden
  8. Add sliced onion and saute until translucent
  9. Add boiled and cubed potatoes with salt and mix well. Saute for 2 minutes. Keep it aside
  10. For assembling the rice:
  11. Spread cooked rice on a greased plate.
  12. Add the tadka along with potatoes and onions
  13. Add 3 tablespoons of the curry leaves powder
  14. Mix gently without breaking the rice.
  15. Add more powder if necessary. Store excess podi in air tight container for future use
  16. Serve warm

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Kalpana Arora
Kalpana Arora   Nov-21-2017

This traditional rice delicacy is just awesome.

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