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Where to find Turmeric Leaves?

keith Dec 29, 2012 11:43 AM

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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    southie RE: keith Dec 29, 2012 12:17 PM

    Have you checked Christina's ?

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      Madrid RE: keith Dec 29, 2012 02:19 PM

      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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        keith RE: Madrid Dec 29, 2012 02:40 PM

        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).

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          Madrid RE: keith Dec 29, 2012 03:09 PM

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

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            keith RE: Madrid Dec 29, 2012 05:29 PM

            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:

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        5thAndNowhere RE: keith Dec 29, 2012 02:28 PM

        call the india market next to market basket in somerville

        1. reeze RE: keith Jan 3, 2013 09:56 AM

          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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            keith RE: reeze Jan 3, 2013 10:20 AM

            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...

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              reeze RE: keith Jan 3, 2013 10:45 AM

              Thanks! I appreciate that.

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            Taralli RE: keith Jan 3, 2013 11:32 AM

            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..

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