Mon, 26 Jul 2010 06:33:22 GMT

Curry patta and its endless benefits

Curry leaves popularly called curry patta are a rich source of vitamin A, calcium and folic acid and among other things can prevent early development of cataract.


Curry patta and its endless benefits

Several old Indian texts date the existence of curry leaves to ancient times. Tamil literature specifically mentions the significance and various uses of curry leaves, which are native to south India and Sri Lanka. Their use in Indian cuisine is also given special mention in old Kannada texts. Popularly known as curry patta, it is also referred to as meethi neem -- owing to its resemblance to the neem leaves. However, the curry tree is not in any way related to the neem tree. These leaves are highly valued for their distinctive flavour, making them very popular in the cuisines of south and west India and Sri Lanka. They are also used as a herbal tonic in ayurvedic medicine.

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