Karivepaku Annam – Spiced Curry Leaf Rice

Curry leaves are indispensable in my kitchen, for that matter, every South Indian kitchen and you will find virtually every home growing their own karivepaku plant in their backyards. I get emails from my readers who live abroad asking if they can substitute curry leaves in a recipe as they are unable to find them in most stores. I’m afraid there is no substitute for curry leaves. Either grow the curry leaf plant in your backyard or beg, borrow, steal, if you want to savor the real flavor of recipe which calls for curry leaves.:). It not only enhances the flavor but also imparts a magical nutritional effect.

Its a captivating experience each day watching the aromatic curry leaves sizzle in the hot oil alongside the tempering companions. I look forward to that enticing sensory pleasure of dropping the leaves into hot oil and watch the leaves dance, swirl and sizzle and fill the kitchen with a bewitching aroma. If I were asked, what is the most beautiful sensory culinary experience I have had in my kitchen, my answer would be ‘the sizzle and aroma of curry leaves in hot oil’, the promise of delicious food in the making.:)

How would I describe ‘Karivepaku Annam’? A colorful, aromatic, unique savory rice dish that is nutrition-packed, mildly flavored without being overpowered by the aroma of curry leaves. Now, close your eyes and imagine the aroma!-:)

A favorite at our home and prepared only with fresh curry leaves.

Spiced Curry Leaves Rice Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Cuisine: Andhra



3 cups cooked and cooled white rice (each grain should be seperate)

1 1/4 cups fresh curry leaves

1 tbsp split gram dal

1/2 tbsp bengal gram

8-9 black pepper corns

pinch of turmeric pwd

2 tsps oil

salt to taste

For tempering/poppu/tadka:

1 tsp oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

pinch of asafoetida (optional)

1 Heat a tsp of oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add the dals and toss them till they turn red. Add the pepper corns and toss for a minute. Turn of heat and cool.
2 In the same vessel, heat another tsp of oil and add the curry leaves and on low-medium heat, toss them constantly till they change color and turn crisp. Don’t burn them. This could take about 4-5 mts. Turn off heat and cool.
3 Grind the toasted dals and pepper corns to a coarse powder. Add the toasted curry leaves and grind to a coarse pwd. Remove and keep aside.
4 Heat oil for tempering in the same vessel, add the mustards seeds and let them splutter. Add the asafoetida and toss for a few seconds. Turn off heat.
5 Add the cooked rice to the tempering, sprinkle salt and turmeric pwd. Add the ground curry leaves-spices pwd and combine till well blended. Adjust salt.
6 Serve hot with yogurt (perugu) or pachadi of your choice.

Good read: Curry Leaf Heaven ~Essay by Kurma
Scientific Name : Murraya Koenigii, Telugu – Karivepaaku, Hindi – Kadi Patha
Nutritional value: one of the richest sources of micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins (carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid & vitamin C), calcium, iron, phosphorus, protein, fat, carbohydrates, energy, soluble & insoluble fiber
Benefits of curry leaves: Used as a traditional medicinal herb in Ayurveda, as vata-kapha pacifying and mildly stimulating pitta. Curry leaves are pungent and act as an appetizer and digestive stimulant. Known for its healing properties – strengthen the functions of stomach and kidneys. Also known to strength hair roots and a home remedy for pre-mature greying of hair.
Helpful resources: How to grow a curry leaf plant and take care of it? (in US-cold weather)
More about this aromatic nutrition-packed herb

Karivepaku Annam – Spiced Curry Leaf Rice

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  curry leaves


  • Charu

    Hi Sailu, curry leaves are so tender & fresh.. as usual superb pics.. just speech less…

  • http://www.cookingandme.blogspot.com Nags

    lovely lovely shades of green

  • http://arundati.wordpress.com arundati

    i love having karivepaku podi with steaming hot rice and ghee!!

  • Lakshmi

    Simply Superb!Very simple,very healthy and a very tasty recipe.

  • bee

    right now there is a ban on curry leaves in the u.s. because of a pest infestation to the plants. i wish i could get them and try this recipe.

    I’m aware of it, Bee, read about it at the another subcontinent food forum. Sad.:(

  • sandhya

    u r pic is so tempting….love the taste and aroma of curry leaves…. currently we are not able to get curry leaves here or else i could have tried these….

  • http://www.thegreenpeacock.blogspot.com alpa

    that is exactly how i feel about curry leaves too! i could go on smelling them all day! they should make some sort of perfume for us 🙂

  • http://www.samaithupaarkalaam.blogspot.com Kalai

    Wonderful recipe! 🙂

  • vineela

    Hi Sailu,
    Last saturday I made karivepaku rice along with pudina.It tasted yummy.Really i miss those days which we had karivepaku chettu in my grandmoms house.
    mee padathilo chesi choosthanu.Inka fridge lo karivepaku vundi.
    Thanks for sharing Sailu

  • http://emotionalecology.blogspot.com/ prats

    I have been lurking around in your blog from the tmie you’ve put up the Dill rice…and have been totally addicted to this blog..
    I second your opinion on the aroma of curry leaves sizzling in hot oil..mmmmm. I can’t do without them at all…and the fragrance of fresh leaves can just take you on a high.
    Loved this recipe…have never tried it like this though….
    Will try it out immediately

  • http://jyotsnas-world.blogspot.com/ Jyotsna

    Looks delicious! I will definitely try this!! Thanks a lot for the recipe 🙂

  • http://acookatheart.blogspot.com Manasi


  • http://www.divya-dilse.blogspot.com Divya Vikram

    Looks too amazing..

  • http://siri-corner.blogspot.com Siri

    I am not aware of the ban Sailu.. I just got some fresh curry leaves bunch yesterday… but can’t afford to use the entire thing for podi..:((.. The first pic looks gorgeous..


  • http://teluguruchi.blogspot.com/ Uma

    Delicious and stunning picture as usual.

  • http://funnfud.blogspot.com Mansi

    that’s pretty interesting Sailu…but yeah, as curry leaves have been banned in many places in US (some FDA feud), I am using mine very sparingly!!

  • http://cookerycorner.blogspot.com Laavanya

    That looks simply gorgeous Sailu – love it!

  • http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/ madhavi

    looks awesome!!

  • http://rpunitha63@gmail.com R.Punitha

    Hai Sailu, i never tasted it like this!! Amazing….. & curry leaves have lot of medicinal value, so it is very good for our health also. Thanks a lot!

  • http://creativesaga.blogspot.com/ sowmya

    nice recipe…would love to try it sometime…

  • http://www.burntmouth.com Zlamushka

    Sailu, I am so jealous you can get fresh curry leaves over there. We only get dried ones and it is just not the same.

  • shruti

    iam so….jealous to see those fresh curry leaves,i just miss india when it comes to fresh vegetables..any ways nice recipe, you are just superb, i love all you are recipes,tried some of them turned out well, thanks.

  • http://www.meesosweetandspicy.blogspot.com meeso

    Oh goodness…This looks great! The first time I ever smelled and tasted a curry leaf I was hooked…This rice looks and sounds amazing!

  • sree

    Hi Sailu garu

    I have a question. every rice involving recipe says, each grain should be seperate. now how do I achieve that?

    secondly, I was trying to click on the links on your menu bar at the top of the page, but none seem to be working.

    Could you please answer my queries?


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  • Anitha

    please check the image in the website below.


    Just wondering if it was your image or were u aware of this?

    Yes, it an image from my blog and thanks for informing me, Anitha.

  • shilpa k

    Nice recipe sailu…i love it..thanks for recipe..:)

  • Nandini Patnaik

    Dear Sailu,

    Loved the Mamsam Pulusu recipe and the Curry Leaf Recipes! Need your help on a few more recipes. I need authentic crab curry and Fried prawn/prawn curry recipes – Andhra style from you. It would be great if I could hear back from you.

    Thanks 🙂

  • arati k-gupta

    Dear Shailu:

    I must commend you on providing us readers with an excellent resource of fabulous Andhra recipies. I have tried several so far and each one of them has been delicious, if I can say so myself! Would it be possible for you to please post a few low cal, preferebly Andhra recipies for those of us unfortunate enough to have to lose weight? Thanks so much! And keep up the great work!


  • Robin

    Was SHOCKED to find myself unable to buy curry leaves at my grocery yesterday due to the ban. They have a bush, and after I nearly broke down into tears in the store, they cut me some and gave me a baggie. Quite the contraband, no? I guess I need to buy my own bush.

  • sharon

    I made this today for lunch…believe me it tastes amazing & knowing that it is healthy food just adds to the taste

  • Nabeela

    I was just wondering which split gram you’re referring to….tuvar or urad? I’m planning to make this tonight. Already cooked the rice so it’s cool by dinnertime 🙂

  • http://www.trialsnerror.blogspot.com Nabeela

    I made the rice with urad dal. Thank you for an amazing recipe. I loved the flavors. We had it with scrambled eggs…I hope you don’t mind!

  • Swathi

    Hi Sailu Gaaru….
    I am in U.S…i dont know how to cook some of our food items….even my mother is far from me (In India) to suggest how to prepare food…but ur website helps me a lot and am free to cook different varieties by seeing ur website…Thank u Very much…..for ur suggestions..and ur hardwork….

  • vr sastry

    Please let me know more about karevepaku as cholestral controller.

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  • Chethan

    Being in USA, it’s not easy to find the Curry leaves. I found some dehydrated curry leaves on eBay at


    They are good but need to add water and keep for 15-20 minutes to hydrate. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I added some ginger also to the above Curry Leaf Rice. Tastes good !!

  • Balraj Yelgulwar

    Hi Sailu garu~! Thanx for invaluable recipe on curry leaves…………people will definitely luv to relish traditional cuisine…..keep it up.