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Curry leaves in Seattle?

I'm fairly desperate to find fresh (or even frozen) curry leaves in the Seattle area. One produce guy told me that there's some kind of import embargo on them due to a fungus or something. I can't find any in the asian markets. help!

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  1. In south Snohomish Cty, I'd ask at JD's Produce at 44th and 200th in Lynnwood.

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    1. re: paulj

      I didn't see any leaves at JDs today, but I didn't ask either. JDs seems to have more of a northern India orientation, while the leaves seem to be used more in the south.

      I may have also seen the leaves at 99Ranch, though I may be confusing them with lime leaves.

    2. I found them at two places--HT Market (the old Larry's on Aurora/N. 100th) and at an Indian grocery store on NW 15th and about 176th. Sorry, don't know the name of it. Maybe someone else does.

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      1. re: zoogrrrl

        Is that the one in a short strip mall perpendicular to 15th, right before it drops down the hill? One of those stores that does as much business renting videos as selling groceries? I can place it, but not name it. Bat that is more like 15NE and 179th. But 15th NW is in Innes Arden overlooking the Sound - no shops there :)

        1. re: paulj

          Thanks for catching that paulj! I did mean to write NE, and it is the store in the small strip mall. This has been the only place that I have been able to buy all the ingredients I need to cook from the Vij cookbook. The recommendation came from one of the employees at the Aurora PCC.

      2. There are many Indian groceries on the Eastside that typically carry them. Try the grocery store connected with Mayuri's snack place in the same strip mall in Redmond that has the eastside branch of Malay Satay Hut

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        1. re: PAO

          You can get them fresh at Apna Bazaar, on 148th next door to Spice Route just across the Bellevue border.

        2. Hi, one way to get them would be to go on e-bay and order the curry tree (Murraya Koenigii, I think)
          I ordered one for $25, and will always have a fresh supply. They are very easy houseplants, all you need is a sunny spot.

          1. i saw them at uwajimaya just a few days ago......

            1. Of embargo, I know nothing, but when I am looking for curry leaves, I go to the Souk, on Pike Place near Starbuck's #1.

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              1. re: mrnelso

                I've bought dried curry leaves at the Souk--which was all they had, when I was there.

                Frozen, at R&M on the Ave (5501 University Way), and on the Eastside -- I think at the grocery next to Spice Route.

              2. Thanks to everyone for the great responses. I'll check these places out and get back to you. I just read that last Winter the FDA banned the import of curry leaves due to some fungus, but the fact that you all are finding them maybe points to a different reality. As someone pointed out, it's also easy to confuse curry leaves and lime leaves. Lime leaves are great, but those little curry leaves are so much linked in my culinary heart to S. Indian food that i miss them terribly.

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                1. re: mocha44

                  I bought them a year ago at the Indian grocery at 18002 15th Ave NE (thanks, roo), so import regulations may have changed since then. They were curry, and not kaffir lime leaves.

                2. Uwajamaya usually has fresh leaves. Call ahead.

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                  1. re: amybobamy

                    I saw them at Uwajimaya earlier this afternoon.

                    1. re: amybobamy

                      Yes, I bought fresh curry leaves in Uwajamaya, and also the root of turmeric.

                    2. I was at The Souk yesterday in the market and the clerk told me that the feds indeed had put an embargo on fresh leaves; only dried available.

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                      1. re: PAO

                        After not being able to get fresh ones at the Souk, I went ot Mayuri's grocery store today. There were several bags of fresh ones, at a fraction of the price of the dried ones from the Souk. Go figure!

                        1. re: PAO

                          I would imagine that the fresh ones are home grown. You can grow the plant in southern california---we used to see someone at the Hollywood Farmers market selling little curry leaf plants. Alas! I forgot to buy one before we left.

                          Mayuri's grocery ----where is that? I've been thinking about the egg/curry leaf recipe in Mangoes and Curry leaves for several months now.....

                          1. re: jenn


                            In the same strip as the grocery store, there is a bakery/snack store owned by the same people. Forget the European style desserts. Go with the Indian desserts and "street" food.

                      2. HMART sells this! I just bought some the other day.