Curry leaves are aromatic herbs used in many dishes in the Indian subcontinent. Often used in curries, the leaves are generally called by the name “Curry Leaves”. The leaves are vibrant green. These are also called “Sweet Neem Leaves”, these leaves grow on the curry tree, which is part of the citrus family. These aromatic leave have a lemon scent and pungent taste.
Nutritive Value of Curry Leaves, (100 gms)
Energy – 108 kcl
Proteins – 6.1 gm
Calcium – 830 mg
Moisture – 63.8 gm
Curry leaves are packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins like nicotinic acid, vitamin C. vitamin E, antioxidants, plants sterols, amino acids.
Curry Leaves and Curry Powder
Despite their similar names, curry leaves and curry powder are two different ingredients.
Curry leaf is an herb grown on the curry leaf tree. Curry leaves originated in and are mostly found in Southern India and Sri Lanka.
Curry powder is a spice mix made up of coriander, cumin, turmeric and cayenne. Curry powder was invented by the British to add flavor to Indian dishes.
Advantages of Curry Leaves
1.) Curry leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicine, an Indian holistic approach to healing that is over 3,000 years old.
2.) The fresh leaves are valued as seasoning in the cuisines of South and Southeast Asia.
3.) They can be boiled for a tea or a tonic. They have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
4.) They are also a good source of iron, helping with anemia. Folic acid is responsible for iron absorption and as curry leaves is rich in iron and folic acid, it is perfect choice if you are looking to amp up your iron levels.
5.) Curry leaves also have anti diabetic qualities that help reduce blood sugar levels.
6.) A study suggested that curry leaves can help increase the amount of HDL and protect you from heart disease.
7.) Curry leaves prevents the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract and facilitate the expulsion of gas if formed. A juice of curry leaves with a bit of lime juice or added to buttermilk can be consumed for indigestion.
8.) It helps in reducing congestion.