Crispy Curry Leaf Chicken Fry is an excellent and amazing dish that is fast to cook, simple to make with very few ingredients and less time consuming to prepare. This is an awesome and delicious recipe for all those who love the flavor of curry leaves fried in oil as this Chicken fry is fried with lots of curry leaves to make it more aromatic and fragrant.
Curry leaf is one of the very scented fresh herb and an essential ingredient in Indian cooking especially in Southern India. The curry leaves are widely used in most of the dishes from starters to a variety of main course dishes. Fresh green curry leaves are tempered and thrown into a variety of Chutneys and used in a variety of dal recipes like sambar, rasam, curry leaves fried rice etc.
In fact, the fresh green curry leaves are very fragrant, aromatic and full of flavor. The curry leaves are added to most of the Indian recipes mainly to muse the flavor of this magical herb. However if cooked using the right cooking technique, you could extract all the health benefits of curry leaves. It is also popularly said time and again that eating curry leaves improve functioning of small intestine and stomach, improves the quality of digestive juices during digestion and increased salivary secretion.
It is mainly considered for its medicinal properties. It also stimulates digestive enzymes and helps breakdown food more easily. Down in Southern India, curry leaves are finely chopped and put into buttermilk mixed with a pinch of hing (asafoetida) which is said to be good for digestion. The crispy curry leaf chicken fry is a thriller dish with simple ingredients, swift to cook and does not take much time to treat your kids, family and friends.
For preparing this dish, take a bowl and beat an egg well and add some salt and dissolve some corn flour in it. Add some red chilli powder (as much as you can eat, your choice if you need the dish very spicy or okay spicy), ginger – garlic and good amount of curry leaves to infuse its aroma in the chicken. Mix all the ingredients well and marinate the chicken pieces into this marinade.
Place this marinated chicken pieces into the refrigerated for at least an hour. After an hour, remove the marinated chicken pieces from the refrigerator and shallow or deep fry the chicken pieces until it turns golden brown and crispy. You could also grill it in a pre heated grill. Plate them in a dish and squeeze lime juice over if desired to give that extra kick and zest.
Serve hot with any type of naan, rotis or rice. This could also be eaten as a starter. Curry leaves gives an amazing dark green color, shine and have a distinctive aroma and taste to this dish. You could also add extra crispy fried curry leaves over the fried chicken pieces which would give stronger flavor and hit your palates with its magical touch. Normally many love cooking this dish in a grill as it takes very less oil, quick to prepare and delectable.
Apart from talking so much about curry leaves, there are few of us who simply remove and throw the leaf from our food and not consume it. Well, remember that, it is consumable and helps in doing wonders into your system. The nutritional benefits and its nutritional values is something that we all need to be aware off as well.
Curry leaves contain iron, calcium, vitamin C, and phosphorous. It is also high in proteins, carbohydrates and fibers. The health benefits of eating curry leaves as you can see are many. If you do not like consuming it directly, use it in powdered form in salads and sauces. Curry leaf powder benefits are similar to those of curry leaves.
Curry leaves are best when used fresh. You can also freeze them and keep them for future use. However, make sure you do not take them off the stalk as they will lose their flavor if you do so. Curry leaves is also said to be good for your eyesight, hair growth and color.
If you don't like its raw taste, you can buy the curry leaf powder widely available in the market and have it with idli, dosa or hot rice. The curry leaf powder could also be made at your home. This prevents pre mature graying of hair. Alternatively, you could also add a few curry leaves to your hair oil and boil it for a few minutes. Applying this hair tonic will keep your hair healthy. Hence, do make it a point to include this miraculous herb into your daily diet for better health. Enjoy cooking and eating good and healthy food!