Keep curry leaves fresh for long with these tips

Is it alright to eat cooked curry leaves? Ayurveda says ‘yes’
If you could keep the leaves in the fridge after removing their water content, they can stay fresh for up to one month. Photo: iStock/bhofack2

Curry leaves, which provides us with an unmatchable aroma and taste to the food, offer a plethora of health benefits as well. An essential component in a range of Indian cuisine, it helps in digestion. The curry leaves are also used to keep diabetics under check and to improve eyesight, besides for the protection of teeth. It has a high nutritional profile that helps improve the general health condition of your heart.

However, preserving and storing curry leaves for a long time is indeed a task for every homemaker. If you could keep the leaves in the fridge after removing its water content, they can stay fresh for up to one month. Let’s see how:
To begin with, wash the curry leaves well
Take a bowl of water and add five teaspoons of vinegar to it
Put the curry leaves in the mix and keep it aside

Now take another bowl with water. Take out the curry leaves from the vinegar mix and rinse it well with the water in the second bowl
Now, separate the leaves from its stem and absorb the moisture content using a tissue paper
Put the same in a zip-lock cover and keep it in the fridge. The leaves will remain fresh for a very long period.

The curry leaves can be also used to make a flavourful powder that pairs well with boiled rice or idly. It is tasty as well as healthy and aids in digestion. This is one of the easiest side dishes you can prepare at home with very limited ingredients. Explore the recipe here: 

4 teaspoons urad dal
3 teaspoons Bengal gram
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
12 dried chillies
12 pods garlic
1 cup of curry leaves
1 small piece of asafetida
Tamarind (as required)
Salt (as required)

Wash the curry leaves well and keep it aside for the water content to dry out completely
Put oil in a pan and fry urad dal, Bengal gram, cumin seeds, dry chillies, garlic, and curry leaves separately
Add in tamarind, asafoetida, and salt and blend it to make a fine powder
Here the flavourful curry leaves powder is ready. Store it in an air-tight container

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