What is Karepeku (కరేపెకు) – Karepeku (కరేపెకు) is the Telugu name for curry leaves – Kadi patta or Karepeku (కరేపెకు). Curry leaves are the fresh leaves of the curry tree (Murraya koenigii). It is a tropical to subtropical tree in the family Rutaceae (the rue family) and is native to Asia.
The plant is also sometimes called sweet neem & is an indispensable part of Indian cuisine and Indian traditional medicines.
They are most widely used in southern and west coast Indian cooking, usually fried along with vegetable oil, mustard seeds and chopped onions in the first stage of the preparation.
They are also used to make thoran, vada, sambhar, koshimbir, rasam and kadhi.
The leaves of M. koenigii are also used as a herb in Ayurvedic & Siddha medicine in which they are believed to possess anti-disease properties.
Curry leaves are used in many holistic treatments like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and traditional Chinese treatments for their medicinal properties in treating diabetes, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal disorders etc.
The leaves when eaten raw or consumed as juice, serves as a detox drink to cleanse body from within, burn fat, reduce bad cholesterol and enhance digestion.