Organic Curry Leaves Dried Herb 4g details and description
Steenbergs Organic Curry Leaves are a great alternative to fresh curry leaves that are truly hard work to find. Organic curry leaves, when fresh, have a heavenly, citrus aroma as well as a mouth-watering acrid quality that stimulates the tastebuds. The flavour of the organic curry leaves is similarly lemony but without the sharpness of lemons or limes. Dried organic curry leaves have less obvious citrus notes, but they are still definitely there and if you cannot fresh easily, then these are a great addition.
Curry leaves are extensively used in Southern Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine, much as coriander leaves are used in the North. At Steenbergs, we love curry leaves in fish curries (try using Steenbergs favourite fish curry mix - organic malay masala), especially if we're using coconut milk in the sauce. For example, a mainstay of the Steenbergs family kitchen is our Keralan Fish Curry, which can be whizzed up in a matter of minutes and you can use fish that's frozen. If you are looking for fresh leaves in Asian stores, curry leaves may be labelled limdo, meetha neem or kari patta. For more inspiration on using curry leaves, try Steenbergs' Recipes Section or BBC Recipes.
Curry leaves come from the leaves of a deciduous tropical tree, Murraya koenigii. M. koenigii grows to 4m tall (13ft), has a slender trunk that supports a series of thin stems with drooping leaves. Curry leaves vary in size from 3-7cm long (1-3 inches) and 1-2cm in width (0.5 - 0.75 inches). While it is deciduous, because of the fecund tropical climate, curry leaves tend to be available all year around. Fresh curry leaves are distinctly citrus in aroma and flavour with a delicious acrid note that stimulates your taste buds. Curry leaves can be dried sucessfully, but do lose some of their freshness. For more information, take a look at Ingredientia and Wikipedia.
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