Curry leaves have been used for ages for their unique flavors in dishes made in South India and worldwide. It has beneficial nutrients which help our bodies eliminate bacteria. It is suitable for diabetic patients and reduces stress. It also has the capability of healing wounds, burns, and skin eruptions and helps in improving eyesight. If taken with a proper diet, it aids in weight loss and also keeps our metabolism rate maintained. It also helps relieve morning sickness and nausea. With so many benefits, it is widely available and can be planted at home and used while cooking, in smoothies or juices for healthy results.
1. Roasted Chana Dal Chutney
Chutneys are delicious when served with dosa and idlis. South Indian people are very fond of chutneys and make them at home with local spices and different fruits and vegetables. Made with chana dal, chopped ginger, whisked curds, mustard seeds, and curry leaves, this tastes tangy and spicy and has a nutty flavor. Kashmiri red chilies are added for the spiciness.
2. Curry Leaves Ranch
It’s a quickly made dressing for pizzas and burgers. This is a unique recipe that replaces our use of mixed herbs with curry leaves for authentic Indian flavors. It can be served along with dishes made of meat and salads. This creamy ranch is made with sour cream, mayonnaise, powdered curry leaves, and lemon juice. Onion and garlic powder is added with buttermilk for their rich flavors and smoothness.
3. Karivepaku Podi
It’s a delicious and nutritious South Indian recipe. Curry leaves help people with iron deficiency if consumed daily. It can be served with upma, lemon rice, or idlis. It can be a quick fix when you don’t want to make many items for dinner. Made with cooked rice, peanuts, curry leaves, and other nuts, it’s unique in taste.
4. Curry Leaves Chutney
Made with local spices, curry leaves, and urad dal, it can be readily served with idli and dosa. Mustard seeds and red chilies are added for spiciness. Quickly made with vegetable oil, it’s nutritious and yummy. Moreover, it can be easily packed in lunch boxes for children and office goers. Try this unique chutney and feel the satisfaction.
5. Mixed Vegetable Kuzhambu
Readily served as a unique version of sambar with South Indian dishes. Made with exciting spices, its smell will leave you longing for more. Made with local vegetables and herbs, it’s quickly arranged and cooked. Grated coconut is added for its creaminess. It gives us satisfaction after a long tiring day of work.
6. Buttermilk Curry
Widely made in South India and served with plain white rice, its unique creaminess will lure you till your stomach is filled with satisfaction. Made with rich and creamy buttermilk and local vegetables, it’s delicious. Grated coconut is added for a thick gravy and a bit of sweetness. It’s a must-try when you revisit Kerela.
7. Curry Leaves Chicken
It’s a unique dry curry with plain white rice or parathas as a side dish. It’s made with chicken, curry leaves, local spices, and garam masala. Coconut is used to thicken the curry and for its creamy texture. To make the curry spicier, add mustard seeds and cumin powder. Its lip-smacking taste will allure you into having a complete meal.
8. Lauki With Curry Leaves
The ingredients are widely available in the local market. The dish is nutritious and keeps our bodies healthy. This can be served with rice or parathas with spicy chutneys as a side dish for a refreshing meal. Bottle gourds are sauteed with onions and green beans with ginger garlic, curry leaves, and herbs. Lime juice is added for authentic flavors.
9. Parippu Themparaduwa
This is a unique side dish that can be served at lunch or dinner for a healthy meal. Made with masoor dal, curry leaves, ground turmeric, and cayenne tossed with local spices, it’s rich in taste. To make it a non-vegetarian dish, add fish flakes. Enjoy the dish with plain white rice or rotis to satisfy your stomach.
10. Tomato Coconut Chutney
Chutneys give the meal a spicy and tangy taste. They help us savor the dish whenever we get bored eating the same dishes. They can save us a great deal of time when we don’t have anything or want to cook. It can be served with idlis, vada, and dosa. Made with chana dal, urad dal, grated coconut, chopped onions, and curry leaves, it’s alluring in taste.
11. Coconut Chutney
A unique and famous chutney from South India is usually served with idlis and dosas. It can be served for breakfast and can be used to cook other curries. Grated coconut, urad dal, chana dal, coriander seeds, curry leaves, red chilies, hing, and tamarind are added to make the delicious chutney. Black peppercorns are used to give it a spicy flavor.
12. Ginger Pachdi
Ginger is a widely available spice, and when used with curry leaves to make a delicious chutney, it helps us to stay healthy. Ginger, curry leaves, tamarind, and jaggery make this sweet and spicy chutney. Chili powder, Kashmiri red chili, and mustard seeds, along with hing, are added for their spiciness.
13. Tomato Gojju
A sweet and spicy tomato curry from Kerela you’ll keep longing for once you taste it. However, it can be easily homemade with few ingredients and less time. Tomatoes are sauteed and tempered with local spices, rasam powder, and jaggery for a sweet and spicy taste. It will be your favorite when served with Pongal, idlis, dosas, or rice.
14. Bisi Bele Bath
Served with fried papad, cool raita, and a topping of ghee, this dish is a wholesome meal. The unique flavors will tickle your savory senses and leave you wanting more. Made with local vegetables, arhar dal, curry leaves, chana dal, urad dal, grated coconut, tamarind, and raw peanuts, it’s delicious. Cook in coconut oil for an authentic recipe.
15. Curd Rice
We’re all familiar with this dish because of its unique flavors and creaminess. Quickly made from smashed and boiled rice added with curd and salt, it’s yummier than you think. It’s tempered with curry leaves, urad dal, mustard seeds, and green chilies. Coriander is added for flavoring. Moreover, it can easily be made with leftover rice.
16. Cabbage Poriyal
Here’s a delicious vegetarian dish that can be made instantly with a few ingredients at home. It’s a dry vegetable dish using grated coconut for flavoring. Cabbage is slightly tempered with red chilies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, and urad dal. This can be served along with rice for lunch or dinner. You must try this when you revisit Kerela.
17. French Beans And Carrot Thoran
It’s a lip-smacking dry curry served with Rotis or parathas served in breakfast or dinner for a fulfilling meal. Thoran is very popular in Kerela with its unique flavors. Carrots and French beans are tossed with local spices and curry leaves for flavoring. Grated coconut is added for a sweet flavor. It improves the taste of a healthy meal and refreshes our taste buds.
18. Bread Upma
A healthy and yummy breakfast recipe can be packed in lunch boxes for children. It’s easily made with local spices, bread, curry leaves, onions, tomato ketchup, and chilies. It’s a good way of utilizing leftover bread. It’s one of the spiciest ways to make bread delicious. It can be served hot with a raita or tomato sauce.
A healthy and quick breakfast recipe. It can be served hot along with coconut and ginger chutney for a tempting treat. Curd, refined wheat flour, rice flour, cumin seeds, chopped ginger, coriander, and green chilies make the finest bondas. Baking soda is added to make the bondas soft. This is a healthy snack recipe you must try.
20. Peru Sabzi
A unique recipe made with guavas. Guavas are nutritious for our health and should be consumed as snacks. This curry is a unique take on the fruit, making it yummier. Made with guavas, local spice powders, jaggery, curry leaves, mustard, and cumin seeds can be served hot with puris or rotis for a healthy meal.