Karuveppilai Sadam Recipe -Curry Leaves Rice

Curry Leaves Rice is perfect for lunch or even for lunchbox.I have tasted curry leaves rice once when amma made it for lunch and I instantly loved it….that instant I decided to post it here. Yesterday I bought fresh curry leaves so thought to make curry leaves rice. It turned out so flavorful and good.This fits aptly for lunchbox, you can pair it up with some curry / kootu and vadams.

Karuveppilai Sadam Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Rice – 1 cup
Tamarind – 1/2 tsp
Gingelly Oil – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste

To Roast And Grind:

Curry leaves – 1 cup tightly packed
Coriander Seeds – 2.5 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies – 4
Channa dal – 2 tbsp
Fried Gram Dal – 1 tbsp
Whole Urad dal – 1 tbsp
Whole Black Pepper – 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
Gingelly Oil – 1 tsp

To Temper:

Oil – 1 tsp
Ghee – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cashews – 7 broken



  1. Rinse curry leaves well and dry it completely and keep it ready.Take all the ingredients listed under ‘To roast and grind’ except tamarind and curry leaves.
  2. Add a tsp of oil and roast till golden brown.Then add curry leaves and saute for 3-4mins until the color starts to change.Add required salt.Switch off.
  3. Cool down,add tamarind and grind it to a coarse powder,Set aside.In a tadka pan heat oil and ghee, add mustard seeds and hing, once it crackles add broken cashews ann fry till golden brown.
  4. Cook rice in the ratio 1:2.5 cups of water for 3-4 whistles in medium flame, cool down completely.Fluff the rice add gingelly oil.Now add the curry leaves powder and tempering, mix well.

Serve hot / warm with papads.

My Notes:

  • You can even make the curry leaves powder in bulk and store.
  • The above measure will be perfect for 1 cup of rice, but if you have extra store in airtight container and use it as sidedish for idli dosa, tastes great.
  • Add gingelly oil to fluff the rice, gives great flavour.
  • Saute curry leaves just till it starts to color change thats enough.Cool down completely then powder it.Once powdered it may look wet after sometime, it will be ok.
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