I have to say that I did not have any intention of posting this when I took pictures a few months ago. These pictures were just part of my random clicks. But when I saw Anamika’s Curry Leaf event where you can post not only recipes, but also tips on freezing, storing, etc. I decided to post this.
We use curry leaves a lot in Indian cooking, but I get a chance to buy these only once in 2 or 3 months and this is the method I follow to store them. They stay good for a couple of months when they are dry. Although I have to mention that the curry leaves lose the bright green color, they do retain their flavor. I don’t worry too much about color and have been using this method for the past few months with success.
To sum up, you basically remove the leaves and wash them. Then, let it dry under the fan or just over the counter top. That is it. Store in glass containers.
Adapted from ShowMeTheCurry
In ShowMeTheCurry, they place the leaves in a plate and then place the plate in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days to dry. They have mentioned that this drying retains the green color. I am yet to try it out and will update the post when I do.
Remove the leaves from the stalks and wash.
Remove it from water and let it dry. I just put it over paper towels and leave it on the kitchen counter top.
All dried and ready to be stored in glass containers. (The color changes from green to black gradually after a couple of weeks or so.)