I was born and raised in Malaysia, I am accustomed with curry leaf, or Murraya koenigii in Latin. The leaves are used as a seasoning in southern and western Indian cooking. It has a subtle and delicate flavor, and it should not be confused with curry powder, which is actually a blend of different spices. I still missed this tree growing in our garden back home in Malaysia. I have had tried finding it in nursery and even growing it from seeds without any success.
One day, with luck I found it in Chico! A synopsis of the story…. We took our daughter to visit her friend in Chico and while we were there, we stayed at a local motel. As we were walking towards the reception area, I saw a silhouette of a curry tree in the front porch of the motel. I was excited and walked over to confirm what I saw was true. I asked the owner, who happened to be from India. He was excited and pleased to hear that I recognized the plant and offered me some seedlings. I was ecstatic! Time flies, this tree is almost 10-year-old and is growing in our greenhouse along with Kaffir lime and Citron. They make me feel a little less home sick whenever I missed traditional Indian curry.
A thought came to mind while I was weeding the other day, was to experiment if these spices give color or if it prints? So, I got up and walked to the greenhouse and snipped some leaves for my experiment. Then I bundled a sprig of kaffir lime and curry leaf in two different small pieces of fabric and steamed it for an hour. The smell from the pot exudes a concoction of sweet and spicy notes of curry and tom yam….yummy.
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