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Curry Leaf Extract

sirkeng May 7, 2012 01:02 PM

Does anyone know if you can use Curry leaf extract in place of the fresh leaf?
I use kaffir line leaf extract and that works well.

  1. jen kalb May 7, 2012 01:12 PM

    this is a new one on me. I have never seen either of these extracts offered for culinary use in the US. Where do you obtain them?

    Admittedly, Id be unlikely to use since I have a source for the fresh leaves. Also the asian pandan extracts ive tried have been much inferior to the fresh (frozen) leaves.

    1. chefj May 7, 2012 05:04 PM

      I have never heard of it being used in cooking, just as a medicine.

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        sirkeng May 11, 2012 05:59 AM

        http://thaifoodessentials.com/ For the lime extract. it is good. I can get the leaves but not easily.

        I have heard bad things about the pandan extracts.

        I have only found curry leaf oil sold for non-food uses - but don't see why "non-food' except that it has not been tested. Folks use curry leaf all the time - so why not?

        3 Replies
        1. re: sirkeng
          jen kalb May 11, 2012 08:09 AM

          when they extract these oils for health benefits they may strip out some of the flavor components.
          I just dont know what this would taste like, but I guess if you can ingest it for health purposes (dont know) could try.

          1. re: jen kalb
            sirkeng May 13, 2012 08:37 AM

            Agree. The lime leaf on the other hand was prepared specifically of food use.

            As an example you see sesame oil with lots of flavor and some - sold to apply to the skin that has little or none.

            1. re: sirkeng
              chefj May 14, 2012 07:56 PM

              Toasting is the biggest flavor factor with sesame oils and pastes. The darker the roast the more pronounced the flavor.

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