Storing Fresh Curry Leaves

Curry leaf, is one magical herb with distinctive flavour which brings out the great aroma of most Soutn India curries. They are available in abundance in India but a treasured groumet produce for people living in other countries. Preserving and storing them is a big question among many most of us. After trying a few attempts in my kitchen, came to a conclusion that freezing would be best solution to preserve this green gold.

Curry leaves can be preserved in the following ways.

1. Fresh curry leaves with stalks, stored in ziplock bags can be refridgerated for few days. Max: 5 days, later they turn dark black and stinks.

2. Fresh curry leaves with stalks removed, wiped clean can be stored in air-tight freezer friendly box for upto 2 months or little longer. There’s one little disadvantage.. do not put them out for long time as discolouration starts within few minutes of keeping them in room temperature. Better to use straight from freezer to pan, makes them taste the same as fresh curry leaves. You can actually see the difference from above picture, within few minutes they started to turn black. This method is very helpful and is cost effective, time effective (saves frequent trips to Indian stores) and taste effective (Quite not the exact match for fresh leaves but atleast shares that mild flavouring)

3. Fresh curry leaves with stalks revomoved, wiped clean, lightly dry toasted and dried for few days will result in dry curry leaves. Very mild in flavour and stays good for 6 months if stored in air-tight box. Another way to store is to make a powder of those toasted leaves.

4. Clean fresh curry leaves, pat dry and make sure all water content is completely wiped off. Spread them over a paper towel and microwave for 1 minute(1000 watts) and then cool them completely. Store them in air-tight bottle which would stay good  for few months.

Thanks to all for sharing your valuable tips.

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11 comments to Storing Fresh Curry Leaves

  • Jyothi

    Hi Mullai,

    my mom in india microwave dries the curry leaves and gives it to me when i go to India.
    method is bring the fresh curry leaves from the market and was and drain all the water and place them on the glass microwave spining plate and microwave it for 1min. The color and flavor stays fresh and you can store it in air tight container for 6 months.

  • ArunaDass

    I store curry leaves with the stalk in the fridge; in a flat plastic container with kitchen paper at the bottom. This keeps for more than 3 weeks.

  • we required dry curry leaves for using in spices

  • VictoriaS

    Have you tried storing them in a plastic box in the refridgerator? Plastic ziplock bags cling onto the leaves and create an environment that promotes rotting. The same kind of box you’d use to store them in the freezer will give you a several more days in the refrigerator. Do not wash them before storing.

  • madhumita das

    wiould like to know after freeze drying the curry leaf, what is the percentage of water content .

  • lllisa

    I read in “Savoring the Spice Coast of India” cookbook a very neat trick: keeping leaves on the stem, lay them flat between dry paper towels (you can make many layers), in a ziploc bag, refrigerated. They last for WEEKS this way, I’ve done it many times. They only start to go brown in about a MONTH when stored this way. It really works!

  • priyasudha

    We can even freeze coriandre leaves..should be cleaned n been dried in cotton towel…coriandre leaves can be stored in freezer for more than 2 months..it has been proved that frozened food n frozened herbs cant loss their vitamins…cut the dried coriandre into small herbs n conserve it

  • shan

    My mom also used to give me like this way.

    • Mullai

      You are right Shan, better to get a batch of dry leaves from India. It has to be dried in a shady place (Nizhala ullara vaithal). Counter top drying fail sometimes.

      • Sadhanaraveen

        Hi Mullai'

        After coming back to Taiwan , i was just worried as to how i will be saving these currry leaves ….ur tip was very useful.Thanx.

        Sadhana Raveen

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