Who wouldn't love the aroma and flavor of Curry Leaves? I believe that these wonder leaves lend flavor to any dish. Just a few leaves lend so much of health benefits too. Given this, Srivalli's Blogging Marathon has given me a chance to explore many Rice dishes and each one of them has been liked by me and my family. Curry Leaf rice is one more in this category.

This recipe is from my cousin, Mallika. She had talked about this recipe a few years back and I conveniently forgot about it. This marathon has reminded me to get the recipe again from her and I made it today. It tastes absolutely divine. For the Curry leaf haters, if there are any, trust me, try this once and you might change your opinion about curry leaves! 

Also I have chosen to make this easy breezy rice using the healthier option of Brown rice.

Also peek into the kitchens of my friends here..

Curry Leaf Rice

Ingredients - 

Brown Basmati Rice 1 1/2 cups (Regular rice should be fine too)
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 1 Tbsp, Urad 1 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Cashews a few, Dry Red Chillies 1-2, Hing/Asafoetida 1/8 tsp)
Lemon Juice 1 Tbsp (if desired)

To Grind - 
Curry leaves about 10-12 twigs
Coconut 3 Tbsp
Jeera 1 Tbsp (I used Jeera powder as I had forgotten to grind it )
Green Chillies 3-4 (or as per taste)

Curry Leaf Rice

Method Of Preparation - 

Cook Rice as per preference and let it cool in a wide bowl.

Grind the ingredients listed under 'To Grind' using as little water as possible to get a coarse paste. (or smooth paste if thats your preference)

In a heated wok / kadai add oil and the rest of the seasoning. 

After the mustard seeds splutter and the dals are brown, add Turmeric, the ground paste and salt.
Curry Leaf Rice

Add the rice and mix well. Check for taste and squeeze in some lemon juice.

Garnish with more roasted cashews and coconut if preferred. 

Sending this to Siri's WWC event, started by Sanjeetha of Lite Bite.

Preparation Time 10 min (Excluding cooking time of Rice)
Serves 3-4 Adults


  1. lovely, healthy and nutritious curry leaves rice.

  2. Priya Suresh Says:
  3. Curryleaf rice looks super delicious..soo yummy..

  4. Srivalli Says:
  5. I hit the post but the comment didn't go thr!..I love curry leaf rice..looks great..

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. I can imagine how fragrant the rice would be with the curry pathas - Lovely rice

  8. Unknown Says:
  9. flavorful curry leaves rice.......super delicious

  10. Champa Says:
  11. Very nice. I know how good curry leaves are to us. Damn expensive for me here though.

  12. aipi Says:
  13. Delicious! That is one awesome combo.

    Happy V day to you n your loved ones :)

    US Masala

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. thats a flavorful and delicious rice

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. Lovely flavourfull recipe looks yumm.

  18. it is flavoured rice loooks wonderful

  19. divya Says:
  20. Simply amazing..

  21. i love curry leaf rice.. my mom makes it often.. yours looks wonderful...

  22. Pavani Says:
  23. Wow. Curry leaves rice looks delicious.

  24. Mina Joshi Says:
  25. Wow as you said - who wouldn't love this dish?

  26. Looks so yumm...

  27. Suma Gandlur Says:
  28. Curry leaves are such a precious commodity here, aren't they? I literally count and add about 6 leaves while doing tadkas. My mother always ask us to pack a big bag of karivepaku from her backyard, while visiting.
    BTW, with that dose of karivepaku and the brown rice, this dish sure is on a healthy side. :)

  29. Padma Says:
  30. Healthy and delicious rice.

  31. Unknown Says:
  32. had this once in a chennai restaurant..loved it,,,but never tried..this looks so nice..

  33. It's a healthy dish. Flavourful and scrumptious.

  34. Nice recipe,full of flavours...

  35. Archana Says:
  36. nice recipe

  37. Curry Leaves - in the diet in an easy way

  38. Usha Says:
  39. That is one healthy rice! When I read the title, I thought you would add lots of curry leaves to the tempering.. Grinding it to paste is a good idea and the curry leave hates would not even what is in it.. :)

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