The Curry Leaf

With each passing year I find that I become more accepting of where I’ve come from. The traditions that I once vehemently fought against, most times simply for the sake of defiance, are beginning to feel natural. Even though I’ve always been a great lover of Indian cuisine, I find myself unlocking thoughts about cooking, ingredients and tradition that I’ve either taken for granted or would’ve traded for the likes of more mainstream food heritage instead of appreciating what I had in front of me. I do love growing up.

In a recent Taste MagazineSam Woulidge interviewed Giovanni, of deli slash foodie heaven fame in Green Point, Cape Town. She retold a charming story about Giovanni’s  grandmother who had brought a Basil plant from her village in Italy. Each branch of that family has now got a piece of the original plant growing in their gardens. I love these types of stories because it proves just how interconnected we all are in this seemingly independent world.

I thought of Giovanni’s basil tree story when my mum asked me to get some Curry Leaves from the garden. The tree is a descendant of my grandmothers plant and whilst cooking with three generations of women, I felt a deep sense of belonging.

The Curry Leaf or Sweet Neem Leaf is indigenous to India and used in almost all curry recipes. Like the name suggests, it adds a sweet, earthy note to dishes, which I can’t quite explain. All I know is that without it, a curry doesn’t quite taste the way that it should.

Anyway, I have, yet again, brought mother-grown curry leaves that are 100% organic and drying on a piece of paper towel right this minute. It feels as thought I put a piece of familial goodness into every meal!

6 thoughts on “The Curry Leaf

  1. Blessings upon you and your family's curry leaves. x

  2. Marisa says:

    This is so special! Really love the idea of a family connected via a plant.

  3. Paaka Shaale says:

    Lovely post kamini. You have a great blog here 🙂

  4. ms_kamini says:

    @Sam: thank you for your blessings 🙂 Now all I need to do is get a garden and I might have a tree of my very own!@Marisa: I firmly believe that life lays in the detail.@Paaka Shaale: Thank you 🙂

  5. Sugablaster says:

    Came accross your blog while searching for a place to buy curry leaves in Cape town. My 'Tadka' has been so incomplete these 2 months since we moved here from overseas. It is a lovely read. Fresh, inspiring and filled with lots of information for a newbie like me.

  6. ms_kamini says:

    Hey SugablasterThanks for the comment and welcome to the foodie community is Cape Town. Where are you from?

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