The humble curry leaf that grows everywhere threatening to be a weed in some places, (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 have antioxidant properties. They are rich in Vitamin C, and minerals calcium, phosphorus and iron, nicotinic acid.
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.

So lets see how to prepare a simple curry leaf powder for everyday use.


1  1/2 cup curry leaves /karuvepillai
2 tbsp bengal gram dal
1/4 cup udad dal 
A small piece of asafoetida
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin seeds
6 red dry chillis
2 tsp oil
salt to taste
1 small berry size tamrind
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1tsp cumin seeds


Roast all ingredients with 2 tsp of oil and the curry leaves at the end, till it becomes crisp. Cool well before grinding to powder. Powder coarsely and store in an air tight container..

To use this powder, take around 2 tbsp of the powder, mix with hot rice, add some ghee or sesame oil, mix well.
Enjoy tasty curry leaf rice with some roasted papad or yogurt.

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

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.
Curry leaves in cancer
Curry leaves in diabetes
Curry leaves in hair and skin care
 Curry leaves are also known to induce hair growth and the new hair follicles are normal with normal concentration of pigments.
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.