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curry leaf rice

Curry leaf rice is one of the dishes you would want to make on a Sunday or for a special event. It has the best of both the worlds: this dish is tasty and healthy. Curry leaf rice, thus, is a food that should be in your "to-make" list of rice cuisines.

Food Fact
benefits of curry leaves
Curry leaves are said to help in the digestion of food.

Read the section, Why should you use Curry Leaves in Cooking? in the blog for more info about these wonder leaves.

Most of the ingredients in the curry leaves rice recipe are the same you use in everyday cooking.

How to make curry leaf rice?

It's quite easy. The only step that needs some effort is that of making the powder. You have to fry and grind the items like curry leaves, dried red chilies, chana dal, urad dal, copra gratings and groundnuts to make the powder.

Next, you have to add the seasoning and powder to the rice and mix it, and the curry leaf rice will be ready!

You can store the above powder, a key item of the curry leaves rice recipe, for about three weeks at room temperature.

If you want to prepare a rice item for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a hurry, all you have to do is to make the rice, prepare and add the seasoning to it and mix the rice with the powder.

The taste of this rice cuisine somewhat parallels to that of puliyogare.

Garnish the curry leaf rice with plenty of fresh coconut gratings and coriander leaves.

Relish or serve the curry leaf rice with cucumber raita or coconut chutney.

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Servings: 2-3


1. Cooked rice about 2 cups
2. Oil 1-and-1/2 tablespoons
3. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
4. Groundnuts 1/2 tablespoon
5. Chana dal 1 teaspoon
6. Curry leaves 1 sprig
7. Red chili 1
8. Coriander leaves 3-4 sprigs finely chopped
9. Salt to taste

Ingredients for Powder:

1. Curry leaves / karipatta / karibevu / karivepaku / kariveppilai, packed 1/2 cup
2. Oil 1 teaspoon
3. Groundnut 1/2 tablespoon
4. Urad whole / Urad dal 2 teaspoons
5. Chana dal 2 teaspoons
6. Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons
7. Dried red chilies 5-6 or to taste
8. Tamarind small piece
9. Cinnamon stick 1/2"
10. Cloves 2-3
11. Dry coconut gratings 1 tablespoon
12. Salt to taste

How to make Curry Leaf Rice Powder?

1. Wash the curry leaves and spread them on a cotton cloth or paper towel to remove the extra water.
2. Heat oil.

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3. Add chana dal, groundnuts and urad whole.

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Fry till the dal color changes.

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If you will use urad dal, add the same in Step 4.
4. Add all the ingredients, except the coconut gratings.

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Fry till the dal changes to golden brown color.

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5. Add coconut gratings.


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Switch-off the stove. Keep aside to cool.
6. Add all the ingredients to a mixer jar.

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Grind to a coarse powder.

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Curry leaf rice powder is ready.

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How to make Curry Leaf Rice?

1. Heat oil till it becomes hot.

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2. Add mustard seeds.

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3. Add the groundnut and chana dal when the mustard starts to splutter.

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Fry till the dal turns to light golden brown.

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4. Add the cashews, curry leaves and broken chili.

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Fry till the cashews turn to golden brown.

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Switch-off the stove.
5. Keep about 1 tablespoon of powder aside

Add rice, little salt and the remaining powder.

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Add coriander leaves and mix.

Keep aside the mixture for 10-15 minutes, so the rice absorbs the spices and become tastier.

Taste and adjust the salt and or powder.
6. Curry leaf rice is ready.

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TIPS Curry Leaf Rice
1. Use tamarind paste or lemon juice, as a substitute for tamarind, while mixing the rice.
2. If you do not have fresh curry leaves, use dry curry leaves. However, such leaves will have less flavor.