How to make Veppalai Katti -

An excellent medicinal dish served with steamed rice and ghee.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Lemon Leaves (नींबु के पत्ते ), Lemons (नींबु)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Pickles, Jams and Chutneys

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Veppalai Katti

Veppalai Katti Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 5-6 hour

Cook time : 0-5 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Veppalai Katti Recipe

  • Lemon Leaves 1 1/2 cups

  • Lemons 2

  • Curry leaves 1/2 cup

  • Salt 1 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chillies 4-6

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Pick the leaves and soak them in water for about 15 minutes. Drain, shake off the excess moisture and spread out on an absorbent cotton sheet to dry out for 2-4 hours.

Step 2

Remove the midribs of the leaves and pound them with the other ingredients to as fine a powder as possible. Squeeze the lemons, strain the juice and mix with the above. Store in an airtight glass bottle.

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