Curry Leaf ( Murraya koenigii )
It is a small tree, growing 4-6 m tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm diameter. The leaves pinnate, with 11-21 leaflets, each leaflet 2-4 cm long and 1-2 cm broad. They are highly aromatic.
Dried Curry leaves
The leaves retain their flavour even after drying and hence these are marketed both in fresh and dried forms. There is not much loss of volatile oil during drying either in sun/ shade or in cross flow dryer. Oven drying at 50ºC is recommended as the best technology for conversion of fresh leaves into dry powder.8 higher temperatures during drying deteriorated powder quality.
English : Curry leaf
Dutch : Kerriebladerer
French : Feuilles de curry
German : Curryblatter
Spanish : Hojas de curry
Dried leaf , Dried crushed leaves, Powder
Uses & Functional properties
The leaves are highly valued as seasoning in South Indian and Sri lankan cooking, much like bay leaves and especially in curries with fish or coconut milk. Curry leaf is used in traditional medicine, for example ayurvedic and unani medicine. The plant is credited with tonic, stomachic and carminative properties. Curry leaf has a potential role in the treatment of diabetes.