There are times when we overlook the health benefits of the fruits, vegetables and greens that are readily available around us. Curry leaves which is found in abundance in Asian countries specially India is one such. Indians and indian food cannot do without Curry leaves. Sadly, you will often find everyone keep them aside or throwing them at the end of their meal, especially kids. The health benefits which we get from these wonderful green leaves is innumerable.
Curry leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, and iron, apart from a heavy distinctive odor and pungent taste. It helps in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, diabetes, morning sickness, and nausea by adding curry leaves to your meals.
Chewing raw curry leaves or drinking a cup of curry leaves tea every day can prevent weight gain and reduce body cholesterol. It helps in cleansing the body by flushing out harmful toxins and also helps in burning unwanted fat promoting weight loss.
Curry leaves are a rich source of beta-carotene and proteins, which can reduce hair loss and increase hair growth. They contain amino acids and antioxidants that can strengthen the hair follicles and moisturize the scalp. They help in regenerating dormant hair follicles and regrow new hair.
The recipe below helps you consume curry leaves more easily, so your body can benefit from the above mentioned nutrition your body needs. Let’s start by learning how to prepare curry leaves powder.
Method to prepare curry leaves powder.
Wash and dry the curry leaves under the sun until they turn dry enough to be ground to a fine powder. You may alternatively dry them in the microwave, however I would prefer the natural method. Add the dry curry leaves to a mixer jar and grind them to a fine powder.
You can add this directly into your sambar, rasam or any food where you would like the flavour of curry leaves and to save them from being thrown in the bin after each meal. This way we can help our body to absorb its nutrition entirely. Try this recipe below.
• Curry leaves powder 1 tspn
• Mint leaves powder ¼ tspn (optional)
• Sesame oil 1 tbspn
• Mustard 1 tspn
• Chenna dal ½ tspn
• Peanuts ½ tspn
• Asafoetida ¼ tspn
• Slit green chilli
• Fresh curry leaves 3 to 4
• Cooked rice 1 cup
• In a heavy bottomed wok add sesame oil.
• Once it heats add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
• Next include the chenna dal and Peanuts a d sauté until they turn golden brown.
• Add the asafoetida, slit green chilli, 3 to 4 curry leaves, sauté and add cooked rice along with required amount of salt to this.
• Mix well and while keeping the flame in low heat, add curry leaves and mint leaves powder.
• Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes in low flame.
• And Walla!! Your nutritious curry leaves rice is ready.
• Can be eaten with chips, mixture or plain curd or Raita.
Do try and leave ur comments.