Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies


Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies recipe at

My mom just got back from a two month long trip to India. I always miss her when she goes because it is so difficult just to call her. The time zone in India is 12 and a half hours ahead, so I can usually only call her early in the morning or late at night.

As always, she brought back tons of goodies for the family. She brought back a bunch of Indian clothes, sweets and jewelry for us. She brought me a beautiful green sari and a white and maroon chaniya choli– a three piece outfit consisting of a long skirt, a short top and a scarf. She brought outfits for Steve as well. I am super excited about our new clothes and looking forward to wearing them next month when we go dancing for the nine nights of Navratri. (See last year’s post on Navratri)

My mom also brought back a little something for the blog. It’s a surprise but we’re going to be doing a giveaway soon – so be on the look out for that!

I wanted to take a sweet treat for my mom when I went to visit her and I thought she’d enjoy a curry leaf cookie. Ever since I made the peach cobbler with curry leaves, I’ve become obsessed with adding curry leaves to sweets. It’s been such a popular dessert with my friends who’ve requested it repeatedly at parties.

I thought a shortbread cookie would be perfect because shortbread carries flavors so well. I added some grapefruit zest to the cookie because I wanted to add some citrus to give it a little more depth, and grapefruit was what we had on hand. Grapefruit zest doesn’t have the bitterness of the grapefruit in it. It worked quite well with the curry leaf.

Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies recipe at

Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies recipe at

Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies recipe at

Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp grapefruit, orange, or lemon zest (I used grapefruit)
  • 1 tbsp finely minced curry leaves


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, using either an electric mixer or a handheld beater, beat the butter, powdered sugar, zest and curry leaves together on medium speed until well mixed and fluffy. About 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Reduce speed to low and add slowly add in the flour mixture until combined.
  4. Divide the dough into half. Place each half onto a sheet of parchment paper and roll into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Twist the ends and refrigerate the logs for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the logs into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place the slices about 1 inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 17 minutes until the cookies are golden around the edges.
  7. Transfer the cookies to wire racks for cooling.

Comments on "Citrus and Curry Leaf Shortbread Cookies"

  1. September 16, 2013
    Claudia ~ Food with a View:

    Amazing! I love your combination of Indian spices with shortbread (which I love a lot). And I can imagine how exciting it has been for you to get all those goodies from India :-).

  2. September 21, 2013

    Where do you get curry leaves from?

    1. September 24, 2013
      Puja Thomas-Patel:

      Hi Riya. Curry leaves can be hard to find but I have seen them at the local Indian grocery stores. They are also for sale online. You might also try asking local nurseries. They may be able to get you a plant.

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