For a fragrant, citrusy infusion to any dish, kaffir lime leaf powder could be your great new go-to ingredient. Not only is it a nice powder to sprinkle atop south Asian dinner dishes, but it can also be used on desserts. From ice cream to noodles, marinades to fishcakes, kaffir lime leaf powder adds an extra little burst of taste and nutritional value to just about anything you make.
Its shape resembles that of an hourglass, making it a noticeable feature of any dish from miles away. Let’s explore some of the ways that you can utilize this versatile powder in your kitchen.
Cooking with Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder
There’s a common misconception that any south Asian spice is only useful when added to south Asian dishes. This way of thinking only serves to limit the chef from exploring their full culinary possibilities.
In the case of kaffir lime leaf powder, there are few limits as to what dishes it “works” in. It all boils down to experimentation and your own creativity.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes involving kaffir lime leaf powder.
- Guacamole: Going about as far away from Asian cuisine as humanly possible, this simple treat is made the same way you’d make any guacamole dish. The only difference, of course, is the addition of kaffir lime leaf powder for a delicious burst of citrus flavoring.
- Kaffir Lime Leaf Lemonade: Typically in this recipe, you’d use kaffir lime in its actual leaf form, but a similar flavoring can be created by using our kaffir lime leaf powder. Sprinkle in the equivalent of about 1 dozen leaves, and add a little bit of garnish to top it off.
- Tacos or Fajitas: Another south of the border offering, this dish calls for a sprinkle of kaffir lime leaf powder to complement the juices from the protein in your taco or fajita. It can help boost the flavors from the chicken, fish, or steak.
The History Behind Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder
Part of the Rutaccae family, this leaf powder is adorned with different names depending on the region. In Indonesia it’s called jeruk purut, in Bali it’s juuk purut, and in Malaysia, it’s labeled limau purut.
There are additional benefits to using this powder beyond just in the kitchen environment. It not only promotes your overall gum health, but the juices can be used shampoos or essential oils.
Where Does Burma Spice Source Their Leaf Powder?
Burma Spice sources their leaves from California and Florida. From years of experience providing spices from around the world, we’ve found that Southern CA and FL with their tropical conditions produce some of the finest kaffir in the country.