Coriander seeds are the dried fruits of coriander herb and are one of the most essential spices used in Indian cuisine.
Coriander is grown extensively in various regions globally. In India, it is commonly known as dhania and kothmir, whereas in America, it is referred to as cilantro. Most regional Indian cuisines use it as a common ingredient.
Coriander seeds are used in most quintessential spice blends such as garam masala, south Indian sambar masala and biryani masala. Coriander leaves are the perfect garnish for the majority of Indian dishes from curries, rice, and side dishes to appetisers.
What is coriander?
Coriander is a plant with both the leaves and seeds used in cooking. Coriander is a versatile herb and spice that adds a unique combination of flavors to a wide variety of dishes. Its fresh leaves and seeds are valued for their distinct taste, making them an essential ingredient in many cuisines worldwide.
Fresh leaves are commonly used as a garnish in many dishes in Indian cuisine. They add a bright and citrusy flavor to salads, curries, and various other dishes.
When used as a spice, coriander seeds provide a warm, slightly citrusy, and earthy taste. They are key ingredient in spice blends like garam masala and curry powder and are used in various savoury dishes, including soups, stews, and pickles.
Spice Blends: It is a common component of many spice blends, such as bisibele bath powder, instant sambar mix, rasam powder and chettinad powder. It contributes to the overall flavor profile of these blends.
The term cilantro in America refers to coriander leaves, while coriander represents dried seeds. The rest of the world uses the term coriander for leaves, whereas dried seeds are known as coriander seeds.
It is versatile as both a spice and herb, with its leaves, stems, and dried seeds being used in cooking and for health benefits.
Whole coriander seeds have a slightly citrusy flavour with notes of nutty flavour and release floral aroma as the oil is released from the seeds when toasted.
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