In a nutshell: We freeze dry our curry leaves to preserve their flavour and colour for you to cook some amazing curries and stir-fries.
Common in Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisine, our freeze-dried curry leaves are much more fragrant than the sun-dried variety. Coming from the curry tree (Murraya koenigii), a type of rue also known as ‘sweet neem leaves’ in India, they are usually fried with onion, garlic and spices when making curries. Simply add to hot oil or ghee before adding other ingredients, such as lentils or vegetables for authentic curries and stir-fries. Try them in Keralan fish curries, Malaysian roti flatbreads with butter prawns, Indian-style pickles and slow-cooked meat stews. You can add a few curry leaves and olive oil to a simple piece of fish before pan-frying or roasting.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.