Spiced Curry Leaf Rice ( Karu vepillai sadam )

The humble curry leaf that grows everywhere threatening to be a weed (at least in my place) has such wonderful medicinal properties , yet it doesnt get the place of recognition it deserves.

In  India as it is found everywhere and can grow with little or no care at all , it has been taken for granted and we tend to take out the curry leaves from the dishes prepared without giving a second glance. It is loaded with such medicinal properties , just a tsp of this every day can solve myriad problems.


Curry leaf has many medicinal properties. It stimulates digestive enzymes and helps break down food more easily. Have a glass of buttermilk mixed with a little hing (asafoetida) with a few curry leaves thrown after meal for good digestion.

Curry leaves or Sweet neem leaf (Murraya Koenigii) is an aromatic leaf generally used in south Indian cuisine. Curry leaves have antioxidant properties. They are rich in Vitamin C, and minerals calcium, phosphorus and iron, nicotinic acid and therefore serve as good nutritional supplements.


The aroma that assaults your senses when you enter a South Indian household is that emanating from curry leaves. Curry leaves are used for seasoning in south Indian and West coast Indian cuisine, generally in fresh form. Sometimes it is oven dried or roasted immediately before use. A very common technique of using curry leaves is frying it in oil or butter at the start of the preparation.


Home remedies and curry leaves
Curry leaves have the qualities of an herbal tonic. It has many herbal medicinal properties and is used widely in Ayurveda for its therapeutic properties.
A few home remedies utilizing curry leaves throughout India are:
So, next time you come across curry leaf in a dish, don’t nudge it aside, instead eat it for your lustrous hair, glowing skin and staying healthy.
Medicinal properties of curry leaves in Ayurveda
Curry leaves is an inexpensive condiment which has excellent medicinal properties. The leaves, fruits, bark and roots of curry leaf tree are used in indigenous medicine as tonic, stimulant and anti flatulent  A few uses of curry leaves in Ayurveda are;
Gastrointestinal properties: curry leaves are an herbal tonic which strengthen and promote the function of stomach. They act as mild laxatives. It stimulates the digestive enzymes and helps in the breakdown of food.
Tender curry leaves are useful in dysentery, diarrhea and piles treatment.
Diabetes:
Hair:
Eye:
Curry leaves in cancer
Curry leaves in diabetes
Curry leaves in hair and skin care
Ortho massage oil: It is a pure herbal formulation which provides relief in arthritis, rheumatism, gout, paralysis, low back pain, rickets, removes swelling and frozen shoulder and other neuro muscular pain.
Constipation : It is an ayurvedic herbal drink promoting flatulence, and increase the appetite. It is also used for piles.
References
1. Raj MN, Peter KV, Nybe EV. Spices, New India Publishing, Vol 5, 2007, 170.
2. Pullaiah T. Encyclopedia of world medicinal plants, Daya books, Vol 2, 2006, 1380.

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Ingredients:

           Mix the cooled rice to the tempering and add the spice powder with the salt and add the roasted cashew nuts for garnishing.Serve hot with a tbsp of ghee and can be had with papad or any raita.