Curry leaves, better known as 'kadi patta', as we all know is an integral part of Indian cooking, especially in the southern part of the country. Its strong flavour is one of the factors that give a south Indian dish its own identity. Other than its varied usage as kitchen ingredient, this local Indian herb (which is used in both its fresh and dry form) has high nutritional value that benefits our health, mind and body. Moreover, they aid weight loss. Curry leaves are rich source of iron and vitamins. They are also said to be good source of antioxidants and have antibacterial properties.
As per ANI, a report published in the Krishi Jagran, a magazine dedicated exclusively to agriculture, says that kadhi leaves help in controlling blood sugar, managing diabetes, promoting gastrointestinal health and more.
Health Benefits Of Curry Leaves
Consuming curry leaves regularly, as per the report, can help in lowering blood sugar level. Due to the presence of antioxidants, curry leaves prevent conversion of starch to glucose, which results in control of diabetes levels.
Ease Pregnancy Symptoms
The report says that curry leaves help in stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes that are known to ease the vomiting and nausea symptoms, which are common in pregnant women.
Promotes Gastrointestinal Health
Curry leaves consumption can help in healing several digestive issues like indigestion, diarrhoea, and constipation. These leaves, packed with digestive enzymes, have laxative properties that help in regulation of bowel and promote gut health.
Try These 3 Delicious Chutney Recipes Made With Curry Leaves
Curry Leaves Chutney
It is easy chutney, made with curry leaves, onions, tamarind pulp, mustard, garlic, chillies and sugar. This sweet-tangy chutney can add taste to any kind of food - from daal and rice to parathas. Click here for the recipe.
Coconut and Shallot Chutney
Also known as Nalikeram Ulli Chammandi, this Kerala-style chutney is made of coconut, shallot, curry leaves, red chilli and salt. It can work as a quick accompaniment for your breakfast foods like dosas, idlis, poha and upma. Click here for the recipe.
Dry Curry Leaves Chutney
This chutney tastes the best when mixed with ghee and eaten with rice. All that are needed for this chutney are curry leaves, oil, hing (asafoetida), garlic, sesame seeds, coconut and few more basic ingredients.
Curry leaves- 2 cups
Mustard oil- 1 tablespoom
Red chilli- 1-2
Hing- 1 pinch
Garlic- 2-3 cloves
Sesame seeds- 2 teaspoon
Grated coconut- half cup
Salt- to taste
Jaggery- 1 teaspoon
Heat oil in a pan and add hing and red chilli to it.
Then add all other ingredients one by one and sauté well. Wait till it cools down.
Transfer that into a mixer grinder and make coarse powder.
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