vepudu karam

Vepudu Karam

By Swasthi on July 14, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Vepudu Karam, a simple aromatic spice powder for vegetable stir fry and curry recipes. Making good, tasty side dishes for a meal becomes much easier with this spice powder. This spice powder is aromatic, easy to make and can be used for a variety of vegetable curry or fry recipes like bottle gourd fry, carrot fry, beerakaya fry, dondakaya vepudu, ladies finger fry, snake gourd fry, brinjal fry

Vepudu karam

Just stir fry the veggie and sprinkle this at the end and you are done. It adds aroma and taste to the dry curry. To make a slightly gravy curry, add little water and bring it to a boil and cook until the veggies are soft cooked.

Vepudu Karam is a simple spice powder that is used for vegetable stir fry recipes at my home. Actually the traditional vepudu karam from Andhra cuisine is a powder made of red chilies, garlic, mustard, cumin seeds and coriander seeds.

Sometimes even methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) are added. My version of homemade Vepudu karam is entirely different from what is made using the traditional recipe. My recipe is a mixture of few dals, sesame seeds and few other basic ingredients. It is not suitable for non-veg fry.

How to Make Vepudu Karam

1. These are the ingredients to use. Please check the recipe card below for the quantities.

ingredients coconut sesame to use for vepudu karam recipe

2. Dry roast dals and chilis first. Off the heat and add coconut, sesame seeds and cumin.

dry roasting dals for vepudu karam

3. Cool them and add to a blender jar with garlic.

cooling blending to make spice powder recipe

4. Make a fine powder.

storing in a airtight jar for spice powder recipe

Store it in a air tight glass jar.

vepudu karam recipe

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vepudu karam

Vepudu Karam

Simple spice powder used to make stir fry dishes and curries. This spice powder takes your dishes to the next level – full of flavor and delicious!
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 tbsp dry coconut
  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds (nuvvulu)
  • 1 tbsp channa dal (senaga pappu)
  • 1 tbsp urad dal (minapa pappu)
  • 1 Pinch methi seeds (menthulu)
  • 3 to 4 red chilies (adjust)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves


  • 1 tbsp flax seeds or
  • 1 tbsp Gurellu / Uchellu (niger seeds)


How to Make Vepudu Karam

  • Dry roast one after the other all the ingredients except garlic, till you get a nice aroma. Take care not to burn. Set aside to cool
  • Add salt and garlic along with the roasted ingredients to a jar and powder finely.
  • Store it in an air tight glass jar and refrigerate for the best aroma


if you do not have dry coconut, can use fresh one but it reduces the shelf life
Sesame seeds can be increased to 2 tbsp, if you like the flavor and taste

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Vepudu Karam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1285IU26%
Vitamin C 194.9mg236%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Can it be stored outside? Also can be use this to coat stuff like tofu and paneers and fry it? Or will it give off a burned like smell?

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Tried, tested, loved!

Hi swasthi…, how many can we store this powder in refrigerator?

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I tried this today!! It came out awesome. Used the powder on bottlegourd and kids loved it.

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Hi Swasti, can I use red chilli powder in place of the chillies?

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Dear Swasthi,
I love your recipes and am always trying them out. Your vepudu kaaram was a big hit in my family. Now, I want to make a larger quantity. Can you scale up the proportions and tell me. I noticed that most of the ingredients are of equal measure. Can you tell what would be the proportion of jeera to a quarter cup of senaga pappu.

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Can I use black sesame seeds instead of white? Would that make a difference in the taste?

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How long can this be stored for in the fridge?

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Mam uchellu means is the teluguword or not

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MAGIC POWDER. U have mentioned to use this powder in some of the vegetables. I prepared dudhi fry & snake gourd curry, this masala really brough a magical taste to such a vegetables.


looks good.

Very handy and flavourful spice powder,love them in stir fries.

thats an interesting spice powder and super flavor incorporated 🙂

Great punches of flavors. I should try and it will such be wonderful for curries and other stir fries.

Nice traditional recipe Swasthi 🙂

This looks good. Easy to use when we have stir fries to be prepared in a jiffy.. 🙂

Flavorful & must have podi for busy days 🙂

Flavorful and spicy powder.

I luv andhra cuisine esp its vegetarian side. Nice shots dear.