The State of Chhattisgarh is known as rice bowl of India and follows a rich tradition of food culture .The Food preparation falls in different categories . Most of the traditional and tribe foods are made by rice and rice flour , curd(number of veg kadis) and variety of leaves like lal bhaji,chech bhaji ,kohda , bohar bhaji. Badi and Bijori are optional food categories also Gulgula ,pidiya ,dhoodh fara,balooshahi ,khurmi falls in sweet categories.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Curry Leaves ( Murraya Koenigii)-Usages and Benefits

Curry Leaf Tree 

Curry Leaves 

Botanical Name : Murraya Koenigii

Murraya Koenigii (Curry leaves) are having different names in different parts of India.

Popularly Known as : Kadi Patta, Curry Patta, Meetha Neem, Karibeva, Gandhela, Gani,Karepaku

Curry leaves are indispensable part of Indian cooking. Most of the Indian household is having at least one plant of Curry leaves. The use of curry leaves add beautiful aroma and taste in Indian cooking .

"Krishna Nimba" is the name of curry leaves mentioned in "Ayurveda", which provides ultimate protection in many diseases like high cholesterol, hair fall, liver problems ,skin diseases, oral disorders.

Since ages the use of curry leaf plants are having limited uses restricted till cooking. Though the leaves, bark, stem ,roots and extracts are having many medicinal properties .It contains many therapeutic properties such as Alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenoids, vitamins ,which provides many health benefits.

Curry leaves oil is having antioxidants, antidiabetic, analgesic, antimicrobial, insecticidal, fungicidal  properties.

Parts of Curry Leaf Tree 

Curry leaf tree (Murraya Koenigii) is a Shrub with 3-5 meters of maximum height .This subtropical tree is native of Indian Subcontinent and grows in India and neighbor countries. 

Leaf : Curry leaves are small sized, bright, shiny, light or dark green in Color, oval shaped, equally arranged and contain strong aroma which gives additional flavor and taste to the food.

Murraya Koenigii Leaf

Flower : Every year or two Curry leaf plant produces beautiful small white flowers arranged in umbrella shaped and looks like a big flower. The flower has its own fragrance. Later these flowers turn into oval shaped fruits .

 Flower of Curry Leaf

Fruit : The flower produces green ,oval shaped fruits in bunch .The color of these green fruits changed into light pink or red. 

green ,oval shaped fruits of Curry Leaf

The flowers of the Curry Leaf tree are self pollinated and produce Black color seed inside each oval fruit.

Ripe fruits

Curry Leaf in Chhattisgarh :

In Chhattisgarh Curry leaf (Murraya Koenigii) grows widely. Raigarh, Bilaspur, Raipur, Dantewada, Koria, Jashpur, Ambikapur ,Kabirdhaam are the places where Curry Leaf plants (Murraya Koenigii) cultivated. Nowadays commercial demands are also fulfilled by these districts. Low cost ,less space requirement and constant demand make Curry Leaf a profitable product.

Due to medicinal properties the demand of Dry Curry Leaves and Curry Leaf oil has increased.  

Usages and Benefits of Curry Leaf (Murraya Koenigii):

1. Curry leaves are used for seasoning in Indian cooking , due to its aromatic properties.

2. Roasted leaves are used as main ingredients in making of different masalas.

3. The Curry leaves are considered as herbs and anti diseases properties are used in different therapies like Ayurveda, siddha .  

4. Curry Leaves are having very good antioxidants properties.

5. Good in Diabetes control .

6. Good for hair growth 

7. Good for Skin 

8. Good for oral health