Makroot Leaves/Kaffir Lime Leaves
Makroot Lime leaves are also called Makrud, Makrut and Kaffir Lime leaves.
It is a Thai food essential. It has a fragrant, floral, earthy lemon flavour. Remove the midrib of each leaf and crush or finely chop the balance to release its flavour in soups, salads or curries.
The Thais use leaves and rind of the makrut lime in many dished to add citrus aroma and flavour. These are also used widely in Southeast Asia cuisine too.
Normally added at the beginnings – especially in making tom yum soups – or nearly final steps – like in making some curries and spicy stir-fried dishes – of cooking. In making the popular dish like panang curry, the makroot lime leaves are an essential ingredient added.
The Thais also sometimes use these fine shreds to spread over many Thai dishes as edible garnish.