Karivepilai Sadam ~ Curry Leaves Rice

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When I came back from home, I bought a lot of curry leaves. It is not what I had intended. Mattamma – my maternal grandmother – has a lovely curry leaves tree in her plot, and even umma gets her dose from her. She asked me if I wanted some, so I told her, I would but very little. What she sent with my cousin was a big pack with a lot of curry leaves! I simply loathe the curry leaves we get here, they smell so artificial! The ones we get from home – not from the market, but made at home – smells so heavenly that you could sit with it for hours just enjoying the aroma…

 

For this month’s Shh Cooking Challenge which is coordinated by Mayuriji, the state in question was Tamil Nadu – the place of dosas, idlis, vadas, sambars and some awesome chutneys! Even though it is much more than that, I guess a trip to Tamil Nadu is all about having these in authentic flavors. We had gone to Chennai a couple years ago and for the two days we stayed, we literally ate masala dosas, vadas and idlis three times a day and totally ended up licking our fingers! But as I said, Tamil cuisine is so much more than that – it has a plethora of vegetarian options, like the sadams, the kuzhambus, etc, that will get you into a salivating mode while just looking at the pictures… hehe… In fact, I must say that it is the number of Tamil bloggers that has got me intrigued by this cuisine, which I am yet to try in large scale, but dominates my Pinterest boards… But don’t think that it is only vegetarian food that gets served. The Chettinad diaspora and the Muslim community has added their own delicious non-vegetarian twist, making the cuisine something worth trying…

 

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OK, so you must be wondering what is the connection between the first paragraph and the second? I am teamed with Swati, who blogs at Food Trails, for the first time for this challenge. We had a warm chat and she gave me a couple of super simple recipes that can be turned anyway – rice and salt. I have already made a few rice recipes that are a part of Tamil cuisine:

Thayir Saadam aka Curd Rice

Sambar Sadam,

Kothamalli Saadam

Chettinad Milagu Saadam

Kothamalli Karivepilai Saadam

While trying to figure out what next I would make, the pack of curry leaves flashed into my mind. So it had to be Kariveppilai Sadam – which just means curry leaves rice.

 

Pre-cooked rice is tossed up in an aromatic powder made of toasted curry leaves and some more ingredients, and then finally a simple tadka in ghee is done. It is said to be a favorite lunch box dish. Of course, it has to! You can cook the rice and do the podi that goes into the rice the night before. All you need to do is to the spluttering, and toss up the rice and the podi in that pan. I can’t explain how beautiful my kitchen was smelling as I made this. I wasn’t expecting my kids to like this and yes, they didn’t. πŸ™ HD enjoyed it with the chicken fry I made, though he wished there was curry along with it, despite me serving it with some yogurt and pickle on the side. Even though I had leftovers, I spread it around the next couple of days and finished it. I actually tossed it up it lots of yogurt and it was super delicious. As we move onto the recipe, do check out what Swati cooked up with the ingredients I provided her… πŸ™‚

 

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5 from 6 votes

Karivepilai Sadam ~ Curry Leaves Rice

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice cooked till el dente
  • FOR ROASTING:
  • 1 cup loosely packed curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp chana dal
  • 3 dry red chilli
  • 1 tsp oil
  • FOR TEMPERING:
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 10-15 cashewnuts

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Add all the ingredients under "for roasting" and roast them till the curry leaves become crispy. Allow it to cool and powder in a grinder till smooth.
  • In a large saucepan, heat ghee. Splutter the mustard seeds and briefly fry the nuts.
  • Add the rice and all of the ground curry leaves powder and toss well to coat evenly.
  • Serve hot with raita and pickle, and any side of your choice.

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  1. The rice looks fluffy and tasty!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. Lucky you! here also it is very difficult to get fresh kariveppila. Flavorful rice, I can also have this with with chicken fry πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Suja… πŸ™‚

  3. Isn’t Karuvepillai Saadam the best thing ever? Fresh curry leaves make the rice so fragrant and flavourful! All of us at home love this. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  4. 5 stars
    Spiced curry leaves rice sounds absolutely flavorful and aromatic ! Would love to have it with some chilled curd or raita.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Poonam…

  5. Curry leaves rice looks so flavourful..loved this easy and no fuss rice recipe that can be cooked in jiffy and enjoyed with raita or plain curd!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Swati…

  6. Sujata Shukla says:

    Karuvepillai sadam, the images look just perfect. I can almost smell the aroma of the curry leaves being roasted! This is favourite rice at home, and your recipe makes me want to make some today.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujataji…

  7. Loved your version Karuvepillai Sadam, it look colorful and can feel it’s aroma. As I’m big fan of it, I prepare curry leaf powder readily when I’m alone or when to pack lunch box quickly i prepare this rice. Loved ur recipe!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vasu…

  8. 5 stars
    Rafeeda, we really don’t value curry leaves that we get in abundance in India or Kenya in my case, till we don’t get it in other countries. This simple ingredient adds immense flavour to any dish. Just today got a whole ‘branch” and don’t want to waste the excess. I’m definitely going to use it to make the flavorful powder or podi. Adding it to rice is a wonderful idea. Will need to try out this recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  9. 5 stars
    I would love to try this rice with a powder or a masala made using curry leaves. So aromatic and at the same time adding the healthy benefits of curry leaves.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Renu…

  10. Very very flavorful and healthy. Curry leaves have a lot of health benefits too

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  11. Absolutely delicious and aromatic rice… Can feel the taste of it. Such a quick and tasty lunch box recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  12. that’s surely a flavourful rice for lunch box / quick dinner time.. I love curry leaves in all forms, and this pod-based sadam is so delightful, Rafee !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kalyani…

  13. 5 stars
    This rice recipe is perfect easy recipe to pack for lunch box or for any lazy lunch day. This is packed with goodness of curry leaves.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lathiya…

  14. 5 stars
    I do agree with you market bought n homegrown karipatta the aroma difference is heaven and earth.
    This is a simple yet delicious rice that can be made for any occasion.
    Love it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Archanaji…

  15. Rice sounds so aromatic and delicious. I can feel the aroma of freshly ground spices. I also love homegrown curry leaves. Sometimes I dry the leaves in shade and store in refrigerator for later use.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujataji…

  16. Ooh this podi would also taste great with potato curry or on dosai…lovely share

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  17. 5 stars
    Such a easy and quick recipe. If we have prepared the spice powder and kept it ready, making this just takes 10 minutes. Very much comfortable for working people or lazy day. It is so healthy too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Narmadha…

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