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Apr 30, 2007

Curry Leaves Kudhi Menusu

Curry Leaves, called Karuvepilai which literally means Black Neem Leaf, are aromatic leaves that are extensively used in Asian Cooking especially in the South Indian Cuisine.

I found a wonderful
article about curry leaves, in, written by Kanika Goswami. She says, Apart from cooking, the curry leaf has a number of medicinal uses also. It is an essential ingredient of almost all traditional medicine systems of peninsular India, sometimes with amazingly good results. Unani, Ayurveda and other systems use it to cure ailments such as piles, to allay heat of the body and are useful in leucoderma and blood disorders, and this has been proven by experts of western medicine also. In India, the curry leaf is used to prevent conditions such as nausea and stomach upsets. It is also used in treating skin irritations and poisonous bites. Its oils are invaluable as repellants and to cure skin disorders common to the tropics. More...

Also, Here's a post about the Curry leaves by Prabudesai in
Benifits of Indian food.

The Jihva for Ingredients for the Month of May is 'GREENS' and is hosted by the event creator Mahanandhi. Thankyou Indira for hosting this event. I chose Curry Leaf and my contribution for the JFI event for Greens is 'Curry Leaves Kudhi Menusu'. We call it Karuvepilla Kudhi Menusu at home. Its a wonderful recipe that is very good for digestion, particularly prepared the day after a heavy Dinner to cleanse the digestive tract. Here's the recipe.


Curry Leaves - 2 to 3 Cups

Ginger - 1 inch

Peppercorns - 8 to 10

Salt to taste

Oil for seasoning - 1 tablespoon

(Sesame) Gingily Oil - 1 or 2 teaspoons

Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon

Asfoetida powder

Tamarind - very little


Wash Curry Leaves and Drain Water. Toss in a heated Pan for a couple of minutes. When its almost room temperature, grind the leaves with Ginger, Tamarind and Peppercorns using water little by little. Do not use more water.

Heat Oil in a Kadai and tamper the Mustard Seeds. Add the Asafoetida powder and then add the ground paste. Add Salt and Fry until all the moisture is absorbed.

Serve a teaspoon of this with a cup of hot steaming rice and a spoon of ghee. Mix well and enjoy the delight.


Richa said...

what a lovely color!! thanks for all the info on these leaves!
btw will using any other oil instead of gingelly oil alter the taste too much?

Mythreyee said...

Richa: Thanks. Adding Gingily Oil adds extra flavor. Thats all. You need not use any oil. Infact, just Ghee is fine.

Anonymous said...

in malayalam too curry leaves are called 'kariveppila' but i never thought that it could actually mean dark neem leaves. vep is neem. wow!! your post was informative. i use curry leaves only for flavor.

Ayesha Seerin said...

Never knew the medicinal properties of curry leaves...
Would love to try it ...

Mythreyee said...

Reena: Yes, Karu is Black, Vepam in tamil means Neem and Elai is Leaf. Thanks.

Ayesha Seerin: Yes, like Neem, Curry Leaves also contain the medicinal properties.

Anonymous said...

I could almost smell kariveppilai from your post. Great food!

Mythreyee said...

Lakshmiammal: Thanks!

FH said...

I love the smell and the flavor of Curry leaves.Unfortunately,it's very expensive here to buy a big bunch but only few sprigs.

Looks delicious and I might try making this with a small amount.

Thanks for all the links,interesting!:))

DEEPA said...

hey mthry ...too good great pics.recipe is also different

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful recipe...never seen it before...I can't wait to try it...I love the rish green colours...thanks for sharing

Sharmi said...

hmm thats a yummy recipe to bookmark. I hate it when all discard the curry leaves from the dish. I somehow want it all to be consumed. so this is a good way.

Mythreyee said...

Asha: Thanks. Its usually done on a small scale, like doing very little with few strings and immediately consuming it with hot rice. So, you can give a try definitely.

Deepa: thanks.

Dilip: Thanks Sir. Welcome back.

Sharmi: Yes, Its a very good way to have the healthy curry leaves.

Anonymous said...

you guys talk about "tamil" in the recipe-discussion, but the name of the recipe sounds odd in tamil. is this a telegu name?

Mythreyee said...

No, this is not a tamil or telugu name. It is Kannada. I am a kannadiga from TN.

Narayanan Venkitu said...


I came to your website when I was looking for a photo of curry leaves.

I am glad I found your website. Wonderful recipes and pictures.

I've used the curry leaf photo from your website in my blog.

I hope it's ok. Please let me know. I'll remove it, if you feel it's not ok.

Thank you

Monalisa said...

Had a lumpsum stock of curry leaves. Been wondering how to get it to use. Now this is awesome idea. Thnx.

Btw, never knew of the medicinal properties of curry leaves until i read your blog.

Thnx again :)