Curry Leaves – 2g


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Product description

Curry leaves (also known as kadi patta) are the predominant flavour and aroma in Madras curry, as well as other popular Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. They have a delicate spicy citrus flavour and are incredibly aromatic.

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Flavour Notes:

With a delicate spicy citrus flavour, these highly aromatic leaves are picked at their peak and dried to use whole in curries, sauces and rice dishes.

Culinary Notes:

These leaves are native to both India and Sri Lanka and are an integral ingredient when making authentic curries. Curry Leaves can also be flash fried in hot neutral oil and used as a crunchy, fragrant garnish for dishes. Use 1-2 leaves per dish to impart a warm, curry flavour.

Health Benefits:

Curry leaves contain vitamins and minerals and have many health benefits. They contain calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins. They have vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin E.


100% dried Whole Curry Leaves

country of origin:


other names or spelling:

Murraya koenigii, curry leaf, Sri Lanka: karapincha, Hindi: kitha neem

How to use

  • To get the best flavour, shallow fry the whole leaves in oil prior to adding to the dish
  • Use them in a similar manner to bay leaves
  • In Indian cuisine use them to make Vada, Rasam and Kadhi dishes
  • They go well with cardamom, chilli powder, cilantro, coconut, cumin, fenugreek, garlic, mustard, pepper and turmeric
  • 1-2 per dish is more than enough to impart a warm, aromatic curry flavour
  • Add whole and remove before serving

The Spice People FAQs

Curry Leaves are the aromatic leaves of the curry tree (Murraya koenigii), native to India and other parts of Asia. They are a key ingredient in many Indian, Sri Lankan, and Southeast Asian dishes.

While there is no perfect substitute for curry leaves, you can try using bay leaves or kaffir lime leaves as alternatives. However, keep in mind that these substitutes will not provide the exact same flavour profile as curry leaves.

Curry Leaves should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from moisture and heat.

The amount of Curry Leaves used in a recipe will vary depending on personal taste preferences and the specific dish being prepared. As a general guideline, start with a few leaves and adjust to taste. Keep in mind that curry leaves have a strong flavour, so a little can go a long way.

The Spice People FAQs

Simple or smoke paprika along with cayenne pepper is the best alternative. Paprika tastes similar to Kashmiri Chilli, while cayenne paper adds to its spice.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

These spices are different. Paprika is the sweet cousin of Kashmiri chilli specific to western cuisine. Kashmiri chilli popular in Indian cuisine and is hotter than paprika.

Place the Kashmiri chilli under the sun for two days. When the chillies turn crispy, grind them in a food mill. Cool down the powder and store it in an airtight jar.

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History & influences

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