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Where to find Turmeric Leaves?

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Was wondering if anyone knows a place in Boston to find (what I assume would be frozen) tumeric leaves. Looking to make a Rendang like I used to when living in Singapore, but unsure of where to find this crucial ingredient. Can't remember ever seeing them in the markets around Chinatown. Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Have you checked Christina's ?

    1. I've never seen the leaves (would love to get some) but fresh tumeric root is now more available, Market basket Somerville and in lots of whole foods, and curry leaves at Russo's and elsewhere. I love making rendang so please post if you find some.

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      1. re: Madrid

        Love fresh turmeric root when I'm cooking Indian, but need the leaves for Rendang. I'll try the Indian market next to Market Basket (though I don't know if they use the leaves in Indian cooking...I've only heard of the Malay/Indonesians using them).

        1. re: keith

          please...what is your recipe? I make rendang from osterman's indonesian cookbook and love it...but does not call for tumeric leaves.

          1. re: Madrid

            I think the turmeric leaves are a regional thing. Don't want to get in trouble posting recipes to this board, so I started a post in "Home Cooking" with the recipe:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884036

      2. call the india market next to market basket in somerville

        1. I have lived here for 8 years now and counting, have never been able to find turmeric leaves, frozen or otherwise. If you can locate some, please share the source. I'd love to get my hands on them. You will be correct, turmeric leaves is an integral part of a proper Malay/ Minang/ Padang style rendang but so is kaffir lime leaves. Without which, the rendang will still turn out good but not great.

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          1. re: reeze

            Indeed. Luckily, kaffir lime leaves are easy to find (and grow) here. I'll let you know if I get any leads on the turmeric...

          2. Maybe Angkor Wat Market, 136 Shirley Ave. (Walnut-Nahant Aves.), Revere, Massachusetts 781-286-2667. I have kaffir lime & curry leaves from there(or was it Angkor Tom - I think one of the has closed..

            1. Just made rendang last night. Couldn't find turmeric leaves anywhere so I decided to use turmeric powder instead and add bay leaves (the recipe I have doesn't say bay leaves).
              I am from Indonesia and I don't think turmeic leaves is a common ingredient that we could find in a grocery stores back home either. But, of course I didn't cook before :)
              Would love to know if anyone find turmeric leaves. -Thanks!

              1. I haven't cooked with turmeric leaves, but you might call Shalimar India Foods and Spices in Central Square. I've gotten curry leaves there and they could also have turmeric.

                http://www.yelp.com/biz/shalimar-indi...

                @cuevamanos