curry leaves

What are curry leaves and where can you buy them?

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Discover what curry leaves are, where to shop for them, and how to use them in our ingredient glossary

What are curry leaves?

Curry leaves are the shiny, dark green, aromatic leaves of a tree from the citrus fruit family. They release a deliciously nutty aroma when fried in hot oil and are a staple of South Indian cooking. Curry leaves can be bought fresh or dried, with the former having far more aroma.


Where to buy curry leaves

Fresh Curry Leaves £2.09/15g, Red Rickshaw

Rajah Curry Leaves, £2.43/10g, Amazon

Recipes with curry leaves

Hirwa kolambi kalwan

Try our vibrant green coconut prawn curry with chilli, coriander and curry leaves. We’ve used shell-on prawns as they add so much flavour, although you could make this with shelled prawns as well.

Goan Prawn Curry Recipe

Kolamba’s chicken curry

Make this your go-to special chicken curry. Straight from the kitchen of London’s Kolamba restaurant, this Sri Lankan recipe uses oodles of fresh spices and a homemade roasted curry powder.

Sri Lankan Polos Jackfruit Curry Recipe Kolamba