It is important to dry them in shade to retain as much flavour. Sun drying is faster but will result in loosing most of the flavour and aroma. Once dried, store the dry and crisp curry leaves in an air-tight container and use it whenever needed just like fresh curry leaves.
Can I use dried curry leaves?
Dried Curry Leaves Once they are dried, they will look wilted and feel crispy. Now these can be stored in an air tight container or glass jar as is. They can also be crumbled to a coarse or fine powder, and then stored in a glass jar. Either way, you can use them in the same way you use fresh curry leaves.
Can I substitute dry curry leaves for fresh?
We wholeheartedly agree that fresh curry leaves are better than dry, but if you cant get fresh leaves in your area, dried ones will still release flavour when cooked. Just use a few more dry leaves than you would if they were fresh. When substituting, use the zest of one lime in place of 8 curry leaves.
How many dried curry leaves should I use?
Most dishes call for about 8 to 10 curry leaves, though always follow the recipe to ensure your dish will be flavored properly. Wrap unused leaves in a damp paper towel and keep them in the fridge. They wont last for more than a week, so try to use them before they go bad.