Spiced Curry Leaves Powder

Spiced Curry Leaves Powder  

Spiced Curry Leaves Powder

Not feeling very motivated to cook? That’s exactly when you will need a recipe such as Spiced Curry leaves Powder and that’s my recipe today!

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Kashaya Powder |Indian Herbal Drink Powder

Indian Herbal drink powder
Kashaya powder

Hooked onto coffee or tea? That’s ok. You can still negate the bad effects of caffeine with  the Indian Kashaya. I understand if you are hooked onto coffee or tea because I am guilty of it too. The relief I get from a little caffeine early in the morning is irreplaceable, but it definitely comes with long term side effects. So I have always tried to make up for it with some healthy changes.

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How To Make Sambar Powder

How to make sambar powder

Have you ever wondered how to make sambar powder? Today I am showing how to make udupi sambar powder in simple way. Apart from the authentic taste that it gives, it saves you from buying those expensive sambar powders at your local grocer. I am posting this recipe to address some of my readers requests. Sambar has several variations across south India. Udupi sambar is one variation from Karnataka. It’s usually made without onions or garlic, so it comes with its own authentic taste. A powder like this comes in very handy to make sambar with any vegetable that you prefer. You can make plain sambar (local name: bolu huli), or sambar with coconut (local name: Koddel). I have also used this powder for sautéed veggies. I learned this recipe from my mother. I usually make enough of this to last a month or so in an air tight container.

Most recipes for sambar powder call for adding curry leaves and hing (Asafoetida powder). I skip those ingredients, because once you do that, it cannot be used for the variety of dishes that I mentioned. My experience is that you can always add fresh curry leaves and hing to your sambar when you make it. That way you will get the fresh aroma from curry leaves. Try it and let  me know how it turns out.

Let’s get started with the procedure!


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Chutney Powder

Chutney powder
Chutney Powder

Chutney Powder is a good substitute for Chutney or Sambar. It comes in handy when you do not have the time or ingredients to cook sambar or chutney. This powder is life saver to bachelors.

Its mixed with olive or coconut oil per your preference and goes very well with any dosa or idli.

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup Channa Dal (aka Bengal Gram)
  • 1 cup Urad Dal
  • 10 to 15 red chilies
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 1 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 Tsp Sesame Seeds

Roast all of the above ingredients (Separately) in medium heat until golden in appearance. Let each ingredient cool down to room temperature. Blend each ingredient separately until you get a fine texture. Mix them in a large bowl and seal in an air tight container.

Shelf life outside the refrigerator is about 2-3 months!

A replacement for chutney cannot be easier than this!