Karivepaku Podi which my mom makes is a star attraction for me and my family. Amma sent some with my cousin who was travelling to our place. So festival time for us !! Yay!! I rarely make this podi at home as it doesn't taste as good as what my mom makes. So this time I pestered her to give me the secret ingredient(s) and what do I see in the list? Pepper, Sesame Seeds...never added these to the mix! Anyway now that I know where the taste comes from, I shall recreate the magic, so to say.

By the way, this powder is very good for lactating moms as this aids in digestion and also aids in healing. Needless to say Coconut powder and Chana Dal need to be eliminated from this recipe for new moms.

Karivepaku Podi

Ingredients -

Corainder seeds (Dhania) 1 1/2 cups
Chana Dal 1 cup
Urad Dal 1 cup
Dry Red Chilli 8-10 (or as per taste)
Til (Sesame seeds) 1/2 cup (optional)
Dry Coconut 1 cup (optional for newly delivered women)
Pepper corns (Miriyalu) 1 tsp
Curry leaves few sprigs (the more the merrier)
Garlic 2-3 cloves (Optional - Didn't use in this recipe)
Salt as per taste
Tamarind/Amchur Powder(Dry Mango Powder)/Citric acid (optional) to taste

Method Of Preparation -

Dry Roast Coriander seeds, Til, Dry Coconut powder, pepper corns, Chana dal, Urad dal separately until they brown a little.

Karivepaku Podi

Also roast Curry leaves and Red chillies separately till they change color.

Upon cooling, Grind all of them with Garlic and salt to a coarse powder.

Store in an air tight container.

Tastes very good with Hot rice and ghee.

Makes approx. 2 cups
Preparation Time  20 min


  1. aipi Says:
  2. Sounds so flavorful. Loved the pics :)

    US Masala

  3. laurawkelly Says:
  4. Very nice Article. On of friends sriram based on New Delhi sugggested your blog to refer many food recipes. Karivepaku Karam"

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