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Curry Leaf     From a plant native to southern Asia, this fragrant herb looks like a small, shiny lemon leaf and has a pungent curry fragrance. Its flavor is essential in a substantial percentage of East Indian fare. Most Indian markets sell fresh curry leaves. Choose those that are bright green, with no sign of yellowing or wilting. They can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. Packaged, dried curry leaves — also available in Indian markets — can be substituted for fresh but lack their snappy flavor.

    If you've got it, but don't know what to do with it, below are some traditional dishes that the herb complements nicely.

Soups & Stews  
Fish & Poultry  
Pasta; Grains;
Dried Beans
Cheese & Egg Dishes  

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