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Karuvepilai Kuzhambu, Curry Leaves Curry

Recipe for Karuvepilai Kuzhambu, Curry Leaves Kuzhambu. Perfect accompaniment for Idli and Dosa. Recipe with step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the Paste

  • 1 tablespoon Indian sesame oil – gingely oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 34 dried red chillies

Other Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Indian sesame oil – gingely oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 45 Indian shallots (small onions), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add in the onions, salt and dried red chillies. Saute for a few minutes till soft.
  2. Add in the curry leaves. Saute for a couple of minutes. Remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool. Grind the mixture with a cup of water to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds and chopped Indian shallots (small onions). Saute for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add in a teaspoon of coriander powder. Fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add in the ground paste. Let the curry simmer for five minutes.
  6. Add in the thick coconut milk (Homemade or canned – both works equally well for this recipe). After adding the coconut milk, simmer for a minute more.
  7. karuveppilai kuzhambu is ready. Serve with idli or dosa.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu