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Ground Coriander- One Spice Many Uses
Coriander powder or ground coriander as many prefer to call it, is used in not only Indian cuisine but in different international cuisines due to its versatile mild flavour.
Whole coriander seeds, are dried and then round to a powder form to make Ground Coriander.
It’s a staple in any Indian kitchen but is also popularly used in Mexican, Southeast Asian and Meditteranean cuisine.
This mellow spice is extremely versatile and accommodating to any dish it is used with, be it with vegetables, meat, milk product, legumes or whole grains.
It is one the friendliest spice I know of.
Adding a teaspoon of ground Coriander will give any dish a subtle pleasant taste without being overwhelming.
Coriander powder is the offshoot of coriander plant or cilantro. While coriander leaves are clearly the leaves of the plant and the seeds are the seeds from which powder is made.
The unassuming flavour, expanse of usage and adaptive nature of this powder makes it a spice panty must have.
Get up and close with this spice by reading about:
English – Coriander powder, ground coriander, Cilantro powder, ground Cilantro
Indian – Sabut Dhania
German – Koriandersamen
Flavour Profile of Spice
Coriander powder has a unique taste which is difficult to pin down. It’s like playing hide and seek with flavour.
This is because of its characteristic nature of being a versatile spice. Any overriding taste of coriander powder simply dissolves into the dish it is used in, making a standalone flavour difficult to comprehend!
If I was to choose a flavour profile for this spice then I would say it has a nutty, sweet smoky and woody undertone.
It falls into the warm/ sweet spice category. Which means that it is a popular spice to use as a base ingredient to make spice mixes and blends.
The Uses of Ground Coriander for Cooking
Coriander powder can be used in many different dishes.
It is a basic ingredient for making the base gravy of most Indian dishes. Ground Coriander is used to make curries, soups and stews.
Also a popular spice for making spice rubs and spice blends for marinades, spice mixes and sauces.
Try using this very versatile spice in your pies, stir-fries or even for salad dressings to give your dish a spicy woody taste.
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Coriander Seeds VS Ground Coriander
While coriander seed is a whole spice, coriander powder is its grounded form.
Unlike the flavour difference between fresh coriander leaves and its dry counterparts, the flavour of whole coriander seeds and ground coriander is pretty nuanced.
In terms of flavour, coriander seeds have a more robust, woody flavour with a strong citrusy note when compared with the more mellow flavour of coriander powder.
The essential difference is the way they are used in the cooking process.
Like most whole spices, coriander seeds are used at the beginning of the cooking process or to make rubs and marinades.
Ground coriander can be added directly into the dish midway through the cooking process and incorporate the flavours into the dish.
Benefits of Ground Coriander
Prevents salmonella growth – The addition of coriander powder to many Indian curries is due to the reason that ground coriander fights harmful salmonella bacteria preventing it from growing.
Anti-Allergic properties – Few clinical studies have supported the thought that coriander contains anti-histamine properties. This help reduce allergies especially related to skin irritation and hay fever.
Helps increase appetite – For those who suffer from a loss of appetite can benefit from consuming coriander powder with water or added to a juice drink.
Aids in Digestion -Ground coriander when consumed in tea form, help maintain a healthy digestive tract. It is good for relieving nausea, diarrhoea, flatulence and indigestion.
Spice Buying Guide
Ground coriander is easily available at most supermarkets or Indian grocery store. Wherever you choose it from make sure it is from a trusted source.
Coriander powder should be bright mud brown in colour. Ensure that the powder is smooth and not lumpy. Check the manufacturer date as old coriander powder tends to have less taste.
Ensure that the packs or jars are tightly sealed.
My suggestion would be to buy whole coriander seeds instead of coriander powder and make your own coriander powder at home.
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How to Store Ground Coriander
Coriander powder tends to lose its freshness pretty soon if not stored properly.
Keep it in a tightly sealed glass container, or if it’s in a packet then close the opening of the packet tightly with a clip.
Store ground coriander powder in a dark, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Well stored coriander powder will keep its character and flavour for almost a year.
Best Food and Spice matching
Coriander powder is a very flexible spice and go well with any food item and mostly all spices.
Best food pairing: beans, cauliflower, chicken, curry, couscous, eggplant, fish, lamb, lentils, meat, peas, potatoes, rice, soups, stews
Best spice pairing: asafoetida, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, dry chilies, fennel seeds, mustard seeds
Spice Substitute for Ground Coriander
The flavour of coriander powder is very mild and subdued.
One has the option of either to omit them from the recipe if you wish. However, the following spices can be used as an alternative to coriander seeds.
Caraway seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, cumin powder, coriander powder
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Easy Recipes with Coriander Powder to Try
Spicy Lamb and Potato Curry
Your Views and Recipes
Do you use Ground Coriander in your cooking? I love to hear your kitchen adventures so please share any recipes or tips.
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