Air Fryer Roasted/Dried Curry Leaves | How to Dry and Store Curry Leaves using Air Fryer

 How to Dry and Store Curry Leaves / Kadi Patta Powder using Air Fryer

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        Evenly dried Healthy Indian Herb, Curry Leaves in my GoWise Air Fryer. Curry Leaves used as aromatic, tempering, and flavoring ingredient in many Indian curries and stews. Curry leaves both fresh and dry form, are of high nutritional value. This healthy Indian herb is rich in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamins, and minerals. 

I like to temper my stir fry veggies and dals(lentils) with curry leaves. The aroma of curry leaf is released when it is fried in oil. So, in recipes, we usually add curry leaves in the first step along with cumin-mustard seeds in the hot oil. Sometimes I make chutney using curry leaves!

Before using an Air Fryer, storing fresh curry leaves was a big task for me, but since I have found Air Fryer’s way to dry Curry leaves and store them for a long, it became an effortless and hasslefree task, and I am really thankful for the air fryer. These air fryer roasted curry leaves stay good for more than 5-6 months. For 5-6 months the leaves stay green and bright. Curry leaves are a versatile and tasty herb that can be used to add interest to a number of dishes.

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In Marathi Curry leaves known as Kadi Patta, in Hindi - Kari Patta, in Kannada - Karibevu, in Telgu - Karivēpāku, Gujarati - Mitho Limdo, and in Tamil - Kariveppilai.

Why you should roast Curry Leaves in the Air Fryer?

Getting store-bought roasted curry leaves/powder may seem convenient but they come at a cost to our health and budget. Here’s why I love Roasting curry leaves in the Air Fryer:

  • The quickest method to Dry Curry leaves
  • Cheaper than store-bought
  • No added oils! 
  • Preservative-free
  • All you need is 2 minutes of your time to air Fry them.
  • Always gets an EVENLY roasted, NUTTY flavor, and CRUNCHY CURRY LEAVES, just like we get it from the store.
  • Longer shelf life.
  • Air fryer roasting the curry leaves helps to retain much flavor than the sun drying.


  • I’ve found that Air Frying for 2 minutes on 175C/350F is perfect, however, all air fryers are different.  
  • Give your Curry leaves a good shake after a minute. 
  • Check around 1 minute and 30 seconds.  
  • Curry leaves can go from almost done to burnt so it’s best to keep a close eye on them.
  • Let me show you how to Dry Curry Leaves in Air Fryer!

  • Curry Leaves 


To Wash and Clean the Curry Leaves:

  • Separate the curry leaves from the stem/stalk and wash them thoroughly under tap water.
  • Place the washed curry leaves in the colander and let drain the excess water for a few minutes.
  • Place the drained leaves on a large tray over the paper napkin and gently pat dry them.

To Dry the Curry Leaves in the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat Air Fryer 350 F/175 C for 1 Minute. 
  • Place the curry leaves inside the Air Fryer’s Basket.
  • Now, cover the curry leaves with a rack or place a trivet over the curry leaves(Curry leaves didn’t fly in the air fryer as I have placed trivet over the curry leaves).
  • Air Fry for 2 minutes at 350 F.
  • Shake/Stir the curry leaves after 1 minute.
  • I find 1 and ½ minutes is perfect in my air fryer but yours may need a little longer or less time. 
  • Once done, move to a bowl to allow them to cool fully.
  • Let it cool completely before storing, grinding. 
  • Once dry place dried curry leaves in an airtight container(Dried curry leaves will crumble very easily, so store them in a big container) or make curry leaves powder and use in recipes. Enjoy!!!

To Dry Curry Leaves in the Microwave:

  • Place the curry leaves in a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 4-5 minutes (depending on your microwave).  
  • After 3 minutes check after every 30 seconds, the curry leaves were crisp that you could just crush them in hand and store.

To Dry Curry Leaves in the home/kitchen countertop:

  • Place the tray in a cool shade inside the home and leave them to dry.
  • It will take 2-3 days to dry and crisp in the home(It might take less time in a hot climate or longer in a humid environment).

To Sundry the Curry Leaves:

  • Place the tray under the sun and leave them to dry.
  • Sun drying is faster than the drying the leaves at home.
  • But sun drying will result in losing most of the flavor 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. 

Or you can grind to make curry leaves powder and make chutneys or use in recipes.

How to Use/Consume Curry Leaves in Your Diet:

  • Use curry leaves to temper dals, upma, veggies, or curries.
  • Make Chutneys or masala powder using curry leaves.
  • Spice up the salads, salsas, Kadhi, or chaas with it.
  • Use them to temper Bhadang, Chivda, Rice/Pulao Recipes.

Here are some recipes where I use Curry Leaves:

Health Benefits of Curry Leaves:

  • Curry leaves have antioxidants and antibacterial properties.
  • It also helps in controlling blood sugar, and manage diabetes.
  • Helps in Digestion: heal digestive issues, like indigestion, and constipation.
  • Curry leaves help to improve metabolism.
  • Curry leaves are an excellent source of nutrients for hair growth. Regular consumption of curry leaves strengthens hair, cures dandruff, and prevents premature graying of hair.
  • Curry leaves are rich in vitamin A that helps to protect the eyes, keep the retina healthy, and prevent vision loss.
  • Curry leaves are an excellent source of iron and its consumption can help people who suffer from anemia.

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