When the kitchen becomes your small world, one of your hobbies will include experimenting with random recipes you find on the internet or books every day. From appetizers to desserts, you just can't get your hands off your kitchen counter. You feel like a food alchemist who would untiringly try one ingredient after another.
Though food experimentation became an addicting activity, there would always be times when you get frustrated. You might encounter a recipe which requires a particular ingredient that's as rare as a diamond to find, like Kaffir Leaves for example.
Though you have no choice but to say goodbye to the recipes with Kaffir leaves before, now there are known substitutes which you could use.
Originated from the Makrut lime plant, Kaffir lime plant is a shrub that is most commonly found in Southeast Asia. Asian markets destined in the U.S. sell frozen or dry leaves of the Kaffir shrub.
The word "Kaffir" is primarily Arabic, so be cautious of saying it while you are on a Thai marketplace; you might be misunderstood. Time goes by, words change. You might observe that Kaffir leaves are not that well-known in the market. This is not because they are about to be extinct from the market, but the name changed to K-leaves. Some Thai recipes stick to the old name; some use Makrut, and most often, K-leaves as well.
Both dried and frozen Kaffir leaves can be found in any Asian markets, specifically the Thai-specialty-oriented ones. If you are lucky, you might find some real fresh Kaffir leaves.
The leaves and the zest of Kaffir are used for cooking. As opposed to lime, Kaffir's fruits are small, dark-green and difficult to find beyond the land of Thailand.
Though online shopping is now a trend nowadays, it also has a downside which you should be aware of. It is not guaranteed that your orders will be delivered fresh and on time. Delayed deliveries might cause the leaves to rot or wither.
Though Kaffir lime leaves are exotic Thai ingredients, the notion that there is no available substitute for it is a total myth. There are conflicting views whether ordinary lime leaves can be a substitute for fresh Kaffir leaves. However, it was observed that Kaffir resembles a pine and citrus scent that smells like lemon verbena than lime.
If you find it hard to look for Kaffir lime leaves in the market, here are few kitchen-saving alternatives which you could use:
In this recipe, you can apply what you’ve learned by substituting the Kaffir leaves with those three alternatives.
Try this Thai version of a concentrated juicy beef curry.
In case that Kaffir lime leaves are out of stock, don't worry, because these three substitutes got your back! You now have unlimited opportunities to experiment any recipe that contain Kaffir lime leaves.
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