In Kerala, most families
- Curry leaves a bunch
- Holy Basil Leaves ( Thulsi ) a bunch
- Aloe Vera leaves 3 Nos
- Organic Coconut Oil 400ml
- A heavy bottom Pan ( Cast iron is even better )
- A few Rice grains ( to check the oil readiness )
- Cut the sides of the aloe vera leaves carefully and slit them open. Then scoop out the pulp from them using a spoon.
- Take the curry leaves and Thulsi leaves in a blender.
- Add a little water and then lightly pulse it just to crush the leaves. This brings out the juice from the leaves.
- Take the pan and add the coconut oil along with aloe vera pulp and the crushed leaves mixture and mix well.
- Heat the pan on a medium flame and bring it to boil.
- It takes about 40 minutes for the oil to get ready with all the water content evaporated. So keep and eye in between and stir occasionally. Meanwhile enjoy the beautiful aroma that fills in the house, which is the part that I enjoy the most.
- We can see the leaves getting crisper slowly.
- Once they are crispy , scoop the leaves to the side of the pan.
- To check if all the water has evaporated , take a few rice grains and put in the oil. Once the oil is ready we can see them puffing up. If the rice is settling down, keep boiling for a few more minutes and try putting the rice grains again. ( Please see the video above).
- Once we see the rice grains puffing up , the oil is all ready and now switch off the heat.
- Let this cool down and then filter and store in a clean and dry glass jar.
- It can be stored at room temperature.
- Remember to use a dry spoon to take the oil when required.
- This oil is great for hair scalp massage followed by shampoo.