how to preserve curry leaves | preserving curry leaves or kadi patta

How to preserve and store curry leaves or kadi patta at home. Curry leaves is one of my favorite herbs that I often add when I make my Goan and South Indian food at home or I make this versatile Curry leaves chutney to go with any snacks.

Yes, I know I rarely blog or write about Goan & South Indian food as 99% times I end up making North Indian food at home, as this is what the hubby likes…. But I still add curry leaves to our North Indian dals and sabzis :-).

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I started to Preserve and store curry leaves, as I had a tough time finding them when living in Delhi and goa. In Delhi, my cute mom-in-law would quietly take it from the neighbor’s huge tree without they knowing about it. She would get lots of them and we would then store it…. Both of us would be so delighted… Simple joys of life…..

fresh curry leaves

In goa, curry leaves grows like a wild plant. most of the houses in goa have their own curry leaves tree. So they don’t sell curry leaves in the market as people have it growing in their gardens.

As I mentioned before I have a herb garden and I do have curry leaves there, but they are so tiny and small. I don’t want to disturb them. So I preserve and store curry leaves. Luckily the vegetable lady from where I buy veggies, has on some rare blue moon occasions……. Curry leaves. so I buy curry leaves in bulk and preserve them.

dry curry leaves

So if you have scarcity of curry leaves where you stay, you can follow this method of Preserving and storing curry leaves.

Steps outlined below on How to preserve and store curry leaves:

1: remove the curry leaves from the stems, wash them well in water. Put all the curry leaves on a large kitchen towel and gently pat them dry.

preserving curry leaves

2: arrange them on a thali or large steel plate.

preserving curry leaves or kadi patta

3: now cover the thali with a large seive or perforated plate or cover. This is not essential. You can keep the curry leaves directly in the sun. I do this as it is very windy in goa and our house is not far away from the beach. So all the curry leaves just fly away 🙂

preserving curry leaves

4: Keep the curry leaves in the sun for 2-3 days. once they become dry and crisp, store them in an air tight container.

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6: You can store curry leaves outside or in the fridge. In the summers, I suggest to store them in the fridge. use the curry leaves whenever you want to add it to your recipes. The food that you cook will have the taste and aroma of these curry leaves. So don’t worry on that.

Another method to store curry leaves ( thanks to reader ashutosh for this sharing info):
Do wash the curry leaves once you bring home. Remove them from the main stem but do not separate leaves from the subsidiary stem, wash them gently, dry them in shade and store them in good paper material cover. Curry leaves will give the same flavor and crispiness.

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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. I preserve the curry leaves too but I use a lazy way. “Microwave”. Wash and dry the curry leaves. Put them on a paper towel and microwave for 1 min (less /more depending on microwave) . Keeping an eye so as not to burn. If they look almost dry, micro in 5-10 secs interval until dry and crunchy. Then store in an air tight container. You can use same method to dry coriander leaves too ?

    • thanks reet for sharing your tips and suggestions 🙂

  2. thank you

    • welcome jasmine 🙂

  3. Thanks for this! Another one I learnt from a friend in London was to not wash at all and freeze them which keeps them from turning black, stays fairly fresh and then before using I pluck a few pieces and wash (and it doesn’t turn all dry and crispy).


    • thankyou rachna for sharing your tip with us 🙂

  4. “Preserving curry leaves” the information was very helpful

    • kuriakose, glad to know that the post was helpful.

  5. excellent

    • thanks asha

  6. Thanks for tips,just got the leaves from a store in UK,as a Brit had no idea ,what to do with them.

    • welcome teresa

  7. Thanks . This helps . Am in Switzerland and was searching for these tips 🙂

    • welcome sankar

  8. Wav.. I was struggling to keep curry leaves more than a week.. but could not make it.
    Such a great tips here. Thanks to all..

  9. There is also other way of preserving the same curry leaves or the way i preserve. Do wash the leaves once you bring home, Remove them from the main stem but do not separate leaves from the subsidiary stem, wash them gently, dry them in shade and store them in good paper material cover. I believe they give you the same flavor, crispy and duration. Try it out and let me know comparative results.

    • thanks ashutosh for sharing this tip. i have updated your method in the post. i don’t preserve curry leaves nowadays as i get them fresh. but i think your method is also good and will work.

  10. Hi! I buy the curry leaves at the market in bulk, pluck the leaves from the stems and put them into a container that I keep in the freezer. They keep this way for months and do not lose their aroma. So I would recommend if you have a freezer, you can use it to store this and other herbs (chopped coriander, parsley, methi, etc) 🙂

    • thanks for this suggestion anna. it will help the readers for sure.

  11. Dassana instead of drying curry leaves try and store them in glass jars. Remove the leaves and keep in tightly closed jars. They will stay fresh for weeks. This way you have fresh leaves always. This is how I store mine.

    • thanks poornima for the suggestion. do you keep the jar in the fridge?

  12. nice yaar

  13. Very useful post, I always buy curry leaves whenever I buy my veggies and I am blessed to get them in abundance here in bangalore but use to always struggle for them in Delhi!

    thanks for this post badly i needed this i have loads of kadi patta now i will store it nicely and your hands are so long and slender.

    take care sunita

  15. hey u r from goa dassana! a beautiful place… i often think of visiting it as i have had some very lovely trips to goa… i like the tip u have given to preserve the curry leaves. i must try this !

    • it is a beautiful place, beena. do try preserving the curry leaves. they come in handy when you want it and you don’t have to go out to buy them.

  16. Wow lovely idea and post…btwn ur hands look so pretty and that ring too 🙂

  17. hi

    i get curry leaves from home..all washed and sundried. you have a lovely blog..feels nice to be ack by such wonderful bloggers . Thank you for visiting my blog and i have fixed the facebook issue as well.

    • thanks sudha. you are lucky to get the washed and sun dried curry leaves from home…

      • There is another option, Since I live in North America, we don’t get the sun a lot in winter. So what I learnt is, shallow fry the leaves in a fry pan for a brief moment and then store them in the fridge, they seem to retain all their flavor even after months…..

        • thanks elvis for this helpful suggestion. am sure readers of the blog who don’t get enough sun in the places where they live, will surely benefit from your useful tip.

        • In Canada, we also freeze them fresh and use them throughout the year…that retains the flavor as well