Curry Leaf powder #1 (Karivepillai Podi #1)

Ingredients:
 
  • 3 Cups leaves
  • 2 Tbsp chana dal
  • 2 Tbsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp methi seeds
  • 1Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1Tbsp coriander seeds
  • tamarind, 1/2 of a lime sized ball
  • red chillies to taste (2 Kashmiri chillies, and 8 small red-hot homegrown chillies)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 6 small cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Method:
 
  1. In a karahi or heavy bottom pan fry the curry leaves on medium heat using 1 1/2 teaspoon of oil. Remove to a plate to cool. 
  2. Heat half teaspoon of oil in the same karahi and fry the next set of ingredients till the urad dal is pink and you can smell the roasting aromas. Cool.
  3. Combine all the ingredients, including cumin seeds, garlic, and salt, and grind to a as fine a powder as your grinder will permit. 
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