Thursday, March 20, 2008

Karivepaku Annam ~ Spiced Curry Leaf Rice!

Karuveppilai sadam or Karepaaku Annam is our all time favorite rice. This rice can also be made with the Spiced Curry leaves Powder or in a very simpler way too. Curry leaves are so important to our Indian cooking. Most of our dals are incomplete without a curry leaf in it. That not being enough, we love the podis we make with these leaves. The Curry leaves are highly aromatic and are used as an herb. It is also highly valued for its medicinal usage. We mostly have a spiced powder ready at home and making it a mixed rice, makes it more attractive. Mix this in hot rice with ghee, garnished with nuts.You wouldn't want to have anything else next to this.

The first time I remember asking the cook for this recipe, was during a wedding that we attended. It was a wedding of a very close family friend, Uncle B's Son and so he was trilled to get us the details. He called the cook to our table and made him tell us how he prepared. It was so simple that Amma was surprised that it actually tasted so yummy and different. I remember that occasion so vividly because we made the trip to Mysore just to attend the wedding. Uncle B was the most kindest and softest person I have ever met.

During his service, he was reporting to Daddy and though he was much older in age, he was so subservient and humble. And he thought the world of my parents. I always admired his hospitality and kindness. We always enjoyed visiting him and his family, during our summer vacations. He was posted in Mysore and we must've visited Mysore some 5 or 6 times, because of him. Every time he used take us to Brindavan Gardens. And every trip used to be different. The trip from Bangalore to Mysore used to be the best though. I can still remember those yummy Maddur Vadas we used to eat on the way. Maddur is a small town enroute to Mysore and the place is famous for its vadas. Uncle B used to make sure he got us the hot ones, straight from the shop, though the halt was very short. The whole trip used to be very entertaining and fun.

He was very fond of me, maybe because I was more verbal than my brother. He always used to say I have the best example in my parents and I should follow my Dad's path. I have always cherished those words. And I miss him so much now. I know he would've loved my family. He used to call me Valli ma, each statement would begin and end so. When I thought of making this rice, all I could remember was him and the memories of those days came rushing forth. This rice helped me pick up my bruised image on my flop biryani day. I was so involved in making that biryani, that I completely forgot to prepare something for myself. When I realised that I had to eat, I thought the simplest would help me save the day!


As I said you can't get more simpler than this, but if you want to try a more spicy variety, try mixing the rice with the spiced curry powder, which has more additions to it. Else if you are in a need to fix a lunch in 5 mins, then this is for you, of course provided you have the cooked rice ready!

Ingredients Needed

Karivepaku / Curry leaves - about 5 twigs big
Whole peppercorns - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Ghee - 2 tsp

For Garnish
Curry leaves few
Cashew nuts - 10

Method to prepare:

Select good leaves and wash. Let it dry or you can pat them dry. These should not be wet as they don't get ground well.

Heat a pan with 1 tsp ghee, roast the peppercorns, till they start smelling peppery. Then add the dried curry leaves and keep stirring them till they are crisp. Remove to a plate and let it cool.

Grind this to a fine powder. Heat the pan again with ghee, add curry leaves, and broken cashew nuts. Roast them well and add this powder. Fry for 1 min, then add the rice to the pan and mix well.

Rice should not be over cooked, if required you can spread them on a plate and let it cool. Mix well with the curry powder and add salt. Munching on a rice spiced up with curry leaves and nutty bits in between will surely give you a heaven taste!

I added about 2 servings of Rice to 5 big twigs of curry leaves. It had perfect curry and peppery taste.

I am sending this to Katie from Thyme for Cooking, who is hosting the Weekend Herb Blogging, an event started by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen.

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23 comments :

Nags said...

omg! srivalli!! do you cook something different EVERY day??? u astound me!

kamala said...

Thanks for such a simple and aromatic dish.i can smell it from here

Sia said...

ah, b'lore to mysore trip, maddur vadas and masala dosas and corn bhuttas and sliced cucumbers dusted with salt and chilli powder... valli, u took me down the memory lane:) ur uncle sounds like a wonderful person.
what we would do w/o curry leaves. when i saw these curry leaves here in uk i was the happiest person on this planet:) 2 yrs after that day, its available in one of the big supermarket and i am glad that i dont have to travel 50 miles just to pick a bag of curry leaves:)

Laavanya said...

I love the flavour of karuvepilai saadham too.

Uma said...

Looks so colorful. A healthy rice.

Happy cook said...

Yumm yumm i can smell the romas coming from your kitchen when you make this

Kalai said...

I love curry leaves rice. It's just the best and so quick! Love your version! :)

Latha said...

this sounds (and looks) not only yummy but also full of nutrients. My thaatha's home had the best smelling curry leaves tree and my hair is thick and long till today thanks to the oil my aunts made. But I never liked curry leaves in my food... but well like many other food items, after wedding and after a kid I make all those dishes that I 'hated' as a kiddo and sure enough curry leaves is one of them. I'll give you my feedback soon:) Thanks Valli!

Divya Vikram said...

Have nt heard of this before looks great..Will have to try this sometime

Hima said...

Yummy!! I love all quick fix one dish meals. Thanks for sharing siri.

satya said...

This rice seems to be just like uncle B...simple and wonderful.Thank you for sharing your memories with us Srivalli.

Jayashree said...

That recipe is so simple, girl....I love it.

katiez said...

I keep reading about curry leaves...and have no idea what they taste like.
Some serious research is in order, I can see that.
I live simple rice dishes!

Vanamala said...

hmm looks nice sri...

Cynthia said...

This can only be made with fresh curry leaves?

I can just imagine how fragrant this dish is.

Divya said...

Hey Srivalli,tried this and came out superb!!
http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com/2008/03/karivepaku-annam-spiced-curry-leaves.html

Srivalli said...

Nags, thank you..but I do try very hard...:)

kamala, glad you liked it

Sia, ahh..I knew this will please the b'lore ppl...glad you did..yes he was a wonderful person.

thats so nice to know abt curry leaves in your place..good to know that its now easily available!

Laavanya, thanks..good to know

Uma, yes and one that gets ready in a jiffy!

Happy cook, you do??..glad to know that

Kalai, thanks!

Latha, thats nice to know abt your thaatha' place...do try and let me know!

Divya, oh..then do try it sometime, you will for sure love it

Hima, glad you liked it..

satya, glad you said that!..he is so special...thanks

Jayashree, yeah its too simple for words!

katie, oh its kind of difficult to explain the taste..hope you do get hold of some and try it...

Vanamala, thanks

Cynthia, yep...I have always made with fresh leaves only...haven't tried with frozen ones...it comes out great!

Divya, glad you tried and liked it..

Rathna said...

Wonderful recipe divya :) Never tried it before. Yesterday we have been to Saravana Bhavan and they served the same. It's so nice to recipe the next day. Thank you.
I've visited Mysore and Brindavan gardens, i don't remember, I would have been 4-5 yrs old for my uncle's wedding. I want to visit again sometime soon when I visit India this time. My husband, Suresh's uncles live in Mysore. It would be a good idea to meet and greet them and visit the place.
You have a wonderful blog and many wonderful recipes. Good Luck :-)

ejm said...

Mmm, this sounds good. Next time we get some curry leaves, we will have to try this. I love the simplicity of it! What else would you serve with this?

Katie, I hope you get to taste curry leaves. They're the most wonderfully flavoured leaves that don't taste like anything but themselves.

-Elizabeth

Kalyn said...

Very interesting. I've seen a lot of bloggers talking about curry leaves, but I've never seen the plant here. The rice looks very tasty.

Srivalli said...

Rathna, thanks for dropping by...I am not divya though..:)..

glad to know this brought back memories for you!...thanks once again

Elizabeth, thanks for visiting.. just the rice alone would go just well...:)

Kalyn, yeah its a very essential part of Indian cooking..thank you!

vegeyum said...

My tummy is rumbling. This is on the menu for sure.

Cute Kitchen said...

Thank you for this recipe..this is awesome...
first time i made this for my guest. My husband and my guest love it...
Very tasty..even though i skip peppercorns&cashew..
Yummy....

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