Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
May 7, 2012 01:02 PM

Curry Leaf Extract

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. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. 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. I have never heard of it being used in cooking, just as a medicine.

      1. 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

          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

            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

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

        2. The original comment has been removed