Coriander powder is derived from the seeds of the coriander plant. Coriander powder is mostly used to add mild flavor into food.
They are also known as a dhaniya powder in India. Coriander powder is bought as a whole dried seeds and ground when needed. But it can also be found as a readymade powder in the market.
Coriander powder is the oldest spice in the world and it is considered both a spice and a herb. It is also beneficial for medical practices.
How to select coriander powder (dhaniya)
- First important advice to buy whole coriander seeds instead of powder form, because coriander powder loses its flavour more quickly.
- Always select crisp and fresh seeds with a pleasant colour, to make powder form when required, dry roast slightly and grind using spice grinder.
- If you are buying readymade powder, check packing date and all the information to ensure the product is not too old. And also check the seal of the package and best before use date.
How to Store Coriander
- Store coriander in airtight containers away from the light and heat. Fresh coriander does not last long, and you will need to store it in the air bag or closed plastic bag.
- Place a small amount of asafoetida in the container to prevent any kind of spoilage. That will help you keep three to six months.
Coriander Powder Uses in Indian Cuisines
Coriander powder is widely used in indian Cuisines to flavor curries, stir fries, snacks, breakfast items. The fresh leaves of coriander are commonly used as garnishing on most dishes, they are added raw to the just before the serving as heat tends to lessen its flavor rapidly.
Coriander seeds are used for pickling and coriander used for cooking as a spice dish like curry and baked dishes.
A combination of coriander and cumin seeds powdered together is popularly used in Indian dishes. Coriander is widely used in south Indian preparations, and other vegetables preparations etc.
It is an essential ingredient of many curries and gravies as it has a mild aroma that instigates the appetite.
Health Benefits of Coriander
- Coriander is aromatic spice so it has many curative and cooling properties.
- It is also beneficial for improving digestion. And seeds are good for intestinal issues including bloating, gastric etc.
- Coriander seeds help in reducing bad cholesterol and help to promote good cholesterol in the body.
- And Coriander seeds are rich in vitamin K, and vitamin C along with antioxidants and other minerals which are all beneficial to skin and hair health.
- The Coriander is easy to eat according to your diet. Whole seeds can be added to baked goods, pickled vegetables, rubs, roasted vegetables dishes.
No, there is no harm to add green coriander into soup for cold and cough. actually its has properties to relief cough and cold.