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Neighbour has a tree/shrub that he says is a curry tree . It flowers & fruits readily & tends to self seeds/ weedy. He is Ozzie/Asian & uses the leaves in cooking however I have been reluctant to follow as it has an odd chemical type smell when crushed .I haven't tried his efforts . Fresh crushed leaves not curry like in smell. More like kero/ petrol/ chemical to me . Should I go for it as it hasn't effected him any & I'm just an ignorant Ozzie .
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11th June 2017 8:52pm
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Manfred says...
OK- it's a curry tree (Murraya koenigii) but it doesn't produce curry. It's just another ingredient in Asian cooking. It seems to be used mostly to sweep through the oil in a hot wok before stir frying main ingredients.

Curries seem to be mostly chilli, galangal, turmeric, salt, sugar, coriander...
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Bangkok says...
I also have a curryleave tree and yes Asians sure love to cook with it, especially Indians.

Mine also doesn't really taste like currypowder but i haven't tried cooking with it yet.

In Penang i ate some dishes with these leaves but they mixed it with currypowder so i still don't know how the cooked leaves alone taste. Taste was good though.

Just try it out, fresh herbs also have medicinal properties.

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Puzzled says...
Hi Manfred,
Thanks for the Botanical name . Murraya have number of different species in the family . Are there others in the family with edible leaves or is it only koenigii ? Have made my own curry & masala blends over the years plus used the commercial stuff . I also have in the pantry the dried curry leaves sold by the company "e; Entice with Spice"e; . However the fresh leaves from this "e;curry"e; tree smells nothing like them . So still trying to check out more .
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Puzzled says...
Hi Bangkok,
Yes it's odd why they call it a "e;curry"e; tree. I also have & used the dried leaves sold commercially by "e; Entice with Spice "e; & they don't smell like curry powder . Guess it's called curry leaves as used in lots of Asian/indian curry ingredients maybe . These fresh leaves though don't smell like the dried leaves that I have . The fresh leaves are also a lot stronger but different in aroma . Still checking before using the fresh.
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13th June 2017 10:11am
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Puzzled says...
Ok , Tried a little nibble on a piece of fresh leaf & dried leaf yesterday . Didn't help much as the tastes were different . The fresh leaf --- the initial taste was similar to the aroma with that odd chemical smell & taste . Shortly that taste shifts slightly to a more pleasant taste but still nothing flash . Recon I might try & find a tree grown at a nursery & ask a nurseryman his thoughts. Don't know how easy they are to find as think they have been classified as a weed by council .To be continued .
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Brain says...
I've seen plenty of curry leaf trees around said hardware stores. I believe Birdwood is the wholesaler.

Yes they are an acquired taste and does not taste like curry powder at all - as what we would associate with curry.

Having said that, people do add curry leaves to their curries. To give you an idea, try this link on SBS food. It details how curry leaf would be used.

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/south-indian-curry-mullet
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