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Monday, June 30, 2008

Karuvepilai chutney

For people down south, any dish to be complete requires a generous sprinkling of Indian curry leaves. Rich in iron and folates, curry leaves not only add flavor to dishes but also aid digestion. They are proven to have anti-diabetic, anti-cholestrol, and anti-oxidant properties.In Kerala, it is also used to fortify hair oils as it aids luxuriant growth of scalp hair. Not many people are familiar with dishes where the curry leaves move beyond the role of a flavoring or garnishing agent, to the main ingredient. Here's an attempt at recollecting some traditional methods of cooking curry leaves.

Karuvepilai (curry leaves) - 150 gms
Grated coconut - 50 gms
Ginger - 10gms
Tamarind - 5 gms
Green chillies - 4
Red chillie powder - 1/4 teaspoonSalt to taste
Destalk and rinse out the curry leaves.Dry roast the curry leaves along with coconut , ginger, and green chillies for about 2 minutes. Cool. Add the rest of the ingredients and grind to paste. If required sprinkle a little water to aid grinding.
PS: Excellant accompaniment to rava idli (see recipe under 'Idlis & dosas'), dosas, or even plain steamed rice.


Prarthna said...

hey ,

nice to see appetising photos as well with the recipes :-) ,

the other day i tried a chutney with chow-chow skin, carrot and it was pretty yummy too. How abt trying out some healthy veggie chutney recipes ? :-)

Dershana said...

hi prarthana :-)

Sure will add veggie chutneys in the days to come.


Daily Meals said...

Chutney looks yummy...will try it sometime...

VaishVijay said...

Hi Dershana,

As I was bored with making my style of karuvepilai chutney, I was googling to find different recipes and came across your blog. Today I tried it out and both my hub and kid loved it! Thanks:)


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