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Kaffir Lime Leaves

Kaffir lime leaves are popularly used in Thai cooking, as well as Indonesian cooking to an extent. They are the leaves of the Kaffir lime tree, and have a very distinguishable lemon-like flavour and aroma.
Even though they also belong to the citrus family, it is important to note that they are not the same as regular lime leaves. Apart from having bumpy leaves, kaffir lime leaves are much more bitter. Kaffir lime leaves are double leaves, which means that there are two leaves which grow out of each stem. They are dark green in colour and usually have a glossy, shiny appearance.
As mentioned before, Kaffir lime leaves are an essential ingredient in Thai cuisine. They are added to add a distinct flavour to Thai curries, soups, salads as well astir-fried dishes. They can either be added whole or torn or shredded into tiny pieces. It is Kaffir lime leaves which are added to the popular tom yam soup, along with lime juice and lemon grass in order to give it its unique lemony taste and fragrance. For salads and garnishes, only fresh kaffir lime leaves can be used. They are torn into fine pieces and sprinkled as a flavouring agent in curries as well.