23 Sep


curry leaves lassi

Curry leaves are known by different names all over the world, for instance, in Germany they are known as curryblatter, in Spanish – Hoja and in French – Feuilles de cari. The leaves are perhaps one of the highly popular herbs used in India since times immemorial. As the name suggests curry leaves are herbs which are added to curries, stews, soups, legumes, and many such preparations. Curry leaves are an integral part of Indian cooking style where many of the traditional and contemporary recipes are incomplete without them.

I love chewing curry leaves. Ya, i know,  which does make me an odd person, coz no one at my parents place or in laws……eats them. I dont know why they add it, if they dont bother to eat. But every good south indian curry needs tempering, and what’s a good tempering without curry leaves. But everyone takes it from their plates (since it has already added its aroma and flavour to the dish) and out it lands on the dastarkhan. I make this lassi or smoothie when i have fresh curry leaves, and it taste just amazing, ( not just bcoz i like it ), try drinking it on a hot summer day, and its heaven……mmm.

Or maybe , knowing about its health benefits, you may want to think about eating these as part of a regular south indian dish, or create more ways to add it in your cooking.

curry leaf lassi


  • Tender curry leaves are highly regarded for their efficiency in treating intestinal problems such as diarrhea, piles and dysentery.Highly recommended home remedies suggest that they be mixed with some amount of honey for best results.
  • In instances of heat burns as well as bruises and skin eruptions, curry leaves can also be simply used as a poultice in order to subdue any swelling that is likely to develop around the affected region.
  • Kidney problems are known to improve with a regular intake of the juice extracted from the root of the plant.
  • Individuals that are known to be worried about premature aging can take heart from the fact that curry leaves are known to help prevent premature graying of the hair. The chemical properties of the leaves go a long way into nourishing the roots of the hair as well as ensuring that new leaves grow healthier and with normal pigmentation.
  • People that are at risk of suffering from hereditary diabetes should make it a habit to eat about ten fresh fully grown curry leaves every morning for a period of about three months.
  • Regular consumption of curry leaves is also known to contribute to significant weight loss – which then translates into the successful treatment of diabetes that has been brought on by obesity.
  • The berries that grow on the curry leaf trees are known to be edible and, when mixed with an equal portion of lime juice – can be very useful in the treatment of insect stings as well as bites of some poisonous creatures.

sprouts tikki


makes 2 large glasses


Yogurt – 1 full cup
Water – 1 full cup
Ginger Pieces – to taste
cold milk – 1 full cup
Salt – to taste
Curry Leaves – a big handful


In a mixer or food processor, add the curry leaves, ginger and yoghurt. Blend for a few seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again till smooth. Pour in glasses and add ice cubes, and serve.


sprouts tikki1

makes 6 tikkis


  • 1 cup – sprouted moong
  • 1 potato – boiled
  • handful of chopped coriander,mint
  • salt
  • 2 green chillies- finely chopped.
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup – bread crumbs/ 2 tsp besan
  • oil to shallow fry


Boil the potato with the skin. After its cooled, peel and grate it. You can even mash it, but grating ensures no lumps are present in the patties. Blend the sprouted moong with just little water in a mixer. Trasfer it to a bowl. Add the grated pototo,chopped coriander and mint leaves, salt, finelt chopped green chili,ginger and mix well along with bread crumbs.

Divide the mixture evenly, grease your palms and shape into patties/tikkis. Heat a non-stick tawa, cook  each pattie using 1/2 tsp oil, till they are golden browned on both the sides. Serve hot as a snack, appetiser or as a  side dish along with rice.

sprouts tikki2

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