Have you ever experienced some tempting tempering smell while walking through some residential streets!! During my morning walk and in the evening while returning from the job, I often enjoy this smell, which works as a driving force for me to cook delicious breakfast and dinner. This aroma of tempering is often because of the use of curry leaves, which is the main reason for my love for curry leaves.
For every cook, there are some ingredients without which he/ she can’t imagine a perfect cooking irrespective of cuisine. For someone it’s ginger, for others it may be garlic or coriander leaves or mint leaves or curry leaves, or some other herbs. If I talk about me then it’s curry leaves. I love its aroma and its unique taste. Apart from its medicinal values it just elevates the taste of the food.
As far as I know, in India where people use curry leaves in all their dishes is the state of Maharashtra to Kerala. Here people use curry leaves extensively in almost all dishes and even they make the main dishes out of curry leaves like curry leaves rice, curry leaves powder, curry leaves chutney, curry leaves paratha, etc. I was introduced to these unique recipes of curry leaves by my mother-in-law. Basically, I belong to a Gujarati family, where we use curry leaves in only selected dishes. But after my marriage just like my mother-in-law, I started to use curry leaves in almost all the dishes, including Maggie and omelet.
You must be wondering about the purpose of using curry leaves extensively in all dishes. So let me just give you enough reasons to fall in love with this super ingredient.
BENEFITS OF CURRY LEAVES
1) It aids in digestion: Whenever you have any fried items you can use curry leaves chutney as a dip which can easily digest the fried food
2) Regulate blood sugar level: It’s like a superfood for diabetic patients.
3) Good for hair growth: It promotes hair growth and prevents premature graying.
4) Lower the risk of iron deficiency: Today lots of people are suffering from iron deficiency, especially women have these problems, so including curry leaves in your cooking can help you to prevent this.
5) Good for eyesight: curry leaves have lots of amounts of vitamin A is absolutely good for eyesight.
6) Great for skincare: curry leaves have an immense amount of antioxidant properties, making your skin healthy.
So now as you must have convinced of the benefits of curry leaves let’s see the recipe for curry leaves.
Curry leaves Chutney(Karvapillai Chutney)
- 1 cup Curry leaves
- 1 tbsp Chana dal
- 1 tbsp urad dal
- 2 piece Red chillies
- 1 no Onion Medium size
- 1 no Tomato Medium size
- 3-4 no Garlic cloves
- 1 inch Ginger
- 2 tsp oil
- In one pan take 2 tsp oil
- Add 1 tsp chana dal and udad dal
- let it crackle,
- once it start crackling, add choaped onions and roast them,
- Add 2 red chillis, garlic cloves and chopped ginger
- Roast them well
- Add chopped tomatos an roast them untill they become soft
- once tomatoes soften add curry leaves and roast it well
- Roast it untill the leavesbecome small
- At this point you can add 3tsp Grated coconut also, but it is optional .
- Cool this mixture, once it gets cool, you can grind it in mixture