Kitchen Essentials ~ Pickle Powder, Chilli Powder and Curry Leaves storage

Pickle Powder

You need the following :
Red chillies : 15 (spicy variety)
Fenugreek Seeds : 1tsp
Mustard Seeds : 1tsp
Fry everything separately on a hot tava. Powder them together and keep it in a airtight container. You can use it to make chutney , or any kind of instant pickle you would like to make.


Red Chilli Powder
Red Chillies : 20 (spicy variety) (Guntur variety)
Red Chillies : 10 (less spicier version which imparts color most of the times) (Byadgi/sambal chilli/kashmiri)

Fry both of them with half a teaspoon of oil on a hot tava till they are crisp. It may take about 3 mins on a hot tava. Let them cool. Powder and store it. The resulting powder is very very spicy...use it with caution. Over the years I have started disliking store bought powder so I tried this and it worked well.


Storing Curry Leaves
Separate curry leaves from stem and store in a airtight container. You can store curry leaves for more than a month like this :) in refrigerator.



Asha said...

Love the pickle pd, useful to make veg stir fries too. Happy Shiva Ratri, God bless your family with health and happiness! :)

Ashwini said...

Never thought of making pickle powder and storing it..Nice idea..Happy Shivarathri..

Sunshinemom said...

Very very essential in an Indian kitchen at least!! You could send this to

It is apt!

Uma said...

useful post Lakshmi! pickle powder looks so handy for many recipes. btw, don't we have to refrigerate curry leaves?

sowmya's creative saga said...

nice tip on storage of curry leaves..mine always dries in the fridge ..pickle powder sounds good too..

Cham said...

Oh I want the pickle powder right now!

notyet100 said...

thnks for sharin such interestin powders...

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

a good way of storing curry leaves.

LG said...

thanks for reminding it Uma. I have edited the post.

Paru ... said...

You are tempting me :)..Tumba colorful agide and the pickle pudi sounds yummy..

Priya said...

Lovely...really useful for us!!