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Tina Francis
25 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Karivadagam RECIPE

Tamil Nadu's traditional tempering ingredient. This adds flavour to the curries and gravies. Summer is the suitable season to prepare Karivadagam.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Blending
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Small onions- 1.5 cup
  2. garlic - 1/2 cup
  3. Curry leaves - 2 tbsp
  4. Urad dhal - 1/4 cup
  5. Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
  6. Thoor dhal - 1 tbsp
  7. cumin seeds - 1.5 tbsp
  8. methi seeds - 3/4 tbsp
  9. Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
  10. turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  11. salt
  12. Castor oil - 2 tsp
  13. hing - 1 tbsp


  1. Peel off the onions and garlic and chop the curry leaves.
  2. Soak the urad dhal for 30 minutes.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender to make a coarse paste.
  4. Now keep this mixture in a large bowl for 24 hours till it's semi dry.
  5. On the 2nd day, add some castor oil and make balls of this mixture, then keep it in the sun. Next day take the castor oil in your palms, tighten the balls and continue this process for 4 days.
  6. After the 4th day, simply keep the balls in the sun for 2 days.
  7. Castor acts as preservative. Keep these balls in air tight containers.

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Sujata Limbu
Sujata Limbu   Jun-20-2016

Nice recipe! How do we add this to curries and gravies?

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