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Where can I buy fresh curry leaves?

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IlanaK Sun 06-Sep-09 21:20:20

I am doing a recipe this week that calls for a "bunch of curry leaves" so I assume this means fresh ones. I checked Waitrose today (the only supermarket near us) and they don't sell them. I am in central London - anyone know where I can get them?

IlanaK Sun 06-Sep-09 21:35:57

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meltedmarsbars Sun 06-Sep-09 21:43:32

Any Asian grocers: they are sold on their twigs,s you can freeze them in a bag and use as required.

They are about the size of small bay leaves but much softer and smell curryish but not like the grey curry plant.

Does that make any sense?

IlanaK Sun 06-Sep-09 21:58:31

Thank you. Would a lebanese grocer have them as we have a large one not too far away.

SomeGuy Mon 07-Sep-09 01:56:29

Most likely not. You could get them in the Indian supermarket on Brick Lane I would think. I think there are some Indian grocers in Kingsbury.

You could try calling Loon Fung in Alperton, Hoo Hing at Hanger Lane, or Wing Yip in Cricklewood, or some of the shops in Chinatown.

arkleaves Tue 10-Nov-09 18:20:09

To our knowledge Defra prohibits the import of fresh leaves due to EU regulations regarding Citrus deseases etc. However we believe we are the first commercial growers of these leaves in the UK in a heated environment under glass. If you are interested in buying leaves from us please post an answerr to this message.

woowa Tue 10-Nov-09 18:22:53

When I lived in London my local Asda sometimes had them fresh - if there is an asda nearby and you're in an area with a high asian population you might find them there.

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Ruffello Wed 13-Mar-13 19:12:21

Can I ask a dumb question about curry leaves? Do you remove them after cooking, like bay leaves, or do they go soft so you can eat them? <<inserts bit thick emoticon>>

snoworneahva Wed 13-Mar-13 20:31:17

You can eat them - I usually eat around them but one or two find their way onto my fork and they are fine - a bit stringy but not totally unpleasant. I absolutely love curries made with curry leaves!

Ruffello Wed 13-Mar-13 21:03:50

Thanks Snow. I think they might be the magic ingredient my curries have been missing!

AndMiffyWentToSleep Wed 13-Mar-13 21:06:46

Drummond Street right by Euston Station has great shops that sell curry leaves and other related foodstuffs

justabigdisco Wed 13-Mar-13 21:06:50

Asian supermarkets, Asda in some areas, Ocado do them too. Enjoy! Oh and you can eat them, yum!
PS don't buy them from specialist suppliers as suggested by the previous poster who just happens to sell them.. They are cheap as chips. South Indian or Sri Lankan shops are your best bet if they have any near where you are. grin

tigerlilygrr Fri 15-Mar-13 16:34:03

Are you sure you need them fresh? I get the freeze dried ones from waitrose and think they do the trick. Although possibly I should have been looking for fresh all along!

snoworneahva Fri 15-Mar-13 16:39:17

I buy a bag of fresh ones for about 70p in the local Asian shop and freeze them - it doesn't affect the flavour much - have never tried the freeze dried version.

Sticklebug Fri 15-Mar-13 16:45:06

Ocado are doing them at the moment, but don't always. Funnily though I cannot get them in Waitrose.

BeCool Fri 15-Mar-13 16:56:26

The Tesco in West Kensington stocks them fresh. Or an Asian grocers.

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