How to Store Curry Leaves? | Preserve Curry Leaves / Kadi Patta as powder | Step by Step Pictures

>>  Monday, November 21, 2011

On Sunday we had our customary vegetable shopping done. I found huge load of curry leaves and wanted to make different podis, and also store them for everyday cooking. Storing Fresh Curry Leaves fresh is a task sometimes, but if you plan and clean it properly it can stay fresh for over a month. 
Sunday is mostly spent cleaning and prepping the vegetables. But it's worth the pains.

I store coriander leaves the similar way, though the second method used for curry leaves may not work for coriander leaves.

How to store Curry Leaves in Fridge fresh - Step by Step pictures

 Fresh batch from the market
Wash and rise in running water and let it drain in a colander.
After 30 mins, the water is almost drained.
 Dry the curry leaves on a towel under fan.
Warp around and make sure the leaves are very dry.
 Take a dry box, place a paper at the bottom. Remove all the leaves from the stem and drop into the box.
When you are done, cover with another paper and close with the lid and refrigerate. When required you can just use it without bothering to wash.

The other tips to Store Curry Leaves, the second way to store the curry leaves would be to make a powder of them fresh and store in an air tight container.

This can be simply done in a microwave for 3 - 4 mins depending on your microwave. The first time I did, I had to experiment. So I started with 30 secs, another 30 secs,1 mins, 2 mis. So looks like finally after 4 mins the curry leaves were crisp that you could just crush them in hand and store.

Once the curry leaves are dry, remove the leaves from stem, take them in a mw safe plate, mw for 30 secs
Then for another 2 mins, depending on your mw
 This is after 2.30 secs
This is the final powder that you get, it can be stored and used in sambar, gravies. Just add a small pinch for not altering the taste, yet including the goodness of curry leaves.

Can be used in takda of chutneys, dals etc.

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Jay November 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM  

wow...very interesting post..thanks for sharing..
usually, I used to dry in sunlight for abt a week and crush them for storage. MW method sounds good..:)
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The Pumpkin Farm November 21, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

Lovely idea Valli, keep this theme on for next BM edition, I was unsure of what you meant with preps and preserves, really helpful

Aarthi November 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

Nice way dear..Perfect way to preserve curry leaves...

Harini November 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

I just fan dry them until they are totally dried and store in an air tight container!

Chitra November 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM  

informative post :)

Chandrani November 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

Very clean and nice way to preserve this. Thanks for sharing this.

Kalyani November 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

very nice tips - and loved reading all ur psots this BM week Valli !

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Nisha S. November 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

Oh thanks for this post!
I was justtt thinking of asking my mom how to store kari patta & cilantro coz mine are getting blackish & some soggy & some drying up! What a wastage right?!?
I will try your 1st method for both & see how it goes, thanks Valli!


Rajani November 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

I try to do this everytime we buy vegetables, but almost never do it because of laziness. Nice post, motivates me to get started!

Priya November 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM  

Lovely tip,thanks for sharing..

Susan November 21, 2011 at 6:31 PM  

Thanks, Valli. These are great tips. I always purchase more than I need and appreciate ways to make the extra last longer.

Gayathri Kumar November 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM  

Nice informative post...

divya November 22, 2011 at 4:57 AM  

very wonderful post dear...

Suma Gandlur November 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM  

I just store them in an airtright container.
Valli, do the curryleaves retain their fragrance even after microwaving / drying?

Srivalli November 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM  

Thank you everybody!

SumaThe leaves did have their fragrance after drying them in the microwave though not as much as you would expect when you roast them on a pan.

Priya's Feast November 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM  

Nice tip on storing curry leaves...I am quit obsessed with the coriander,curry and mint leaves that major role in our cooking..

veena krishnakumar November 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

i m book marking all your storage ideas... very helpful

Sugarcraft India November 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

I love this Srivalli.. Can't thank you enough!!!!

Anonymous May 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM  

thanks a ton for the idea.... staying away from the south I was missing the smell & taste of curry leaves. The next time i go home I'll have a big batch prepared to carry to these lonesome lands

Elvis Dias July 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM  

Wow. The microwave process was amazing. Stored in air tight containers. I use a lot of curry leaves for almost all my dishes. Thanks a ton. Sharon

Dorothy Doorasamy March 16, 2016 at 1:12 PM  

You can dry them and add it to your spices and even grind them with your ginger and garlic.

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