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Coriander powder

Also Known As : Dhania powder, kothamalli verai, podi, malli thool.
Technical Name : Coriandum sativum.

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

It has a citrusy flavour with a hint of sweetness.

Usage Tips

  1. It is recommendable to use in dishes to infuse the curry flavour. It is majorly used in vegetarian cuisine, but it does not draw its limitation to the aforesaid, moreover, it is also used in meats to impart its characteristic earthen flavour.

Common names and forms

  1. Coriander Seed powder
  2. Dhania Powder
  3. Dhaniya powder
  4. Dried coriander powder
  5. Dry Coriander
  6. Organic Coriander Powder
  7. Roasted coriander seed powder

Description

Coriander powder is extracted from coriander seeds. It generally comes in whole form but is also available in the powdered form. While to get it powdered at home, the seeds should first be roasted slightly and then should be ground to get the powdered form. They are used in the culinary world for their mild aromatic flavour with a tinge of spiciness. Coriander happens to be one of the most quaint herbs and spices on record, its very first mention is said to be in the bible. It derives its name from the Greek word ‘ koris’ that means a stink bug. As and as the Indian cuisine is gaining its popularity around the global corners, the very demand of Indian spices are glooming the horizon, streaming along that path, coriander happens to be one of those Indian spices that strikes high in demand, it is commonly used in the Indian kitchens. Apart from its significance in the culinary sanctum, it is also loaded with a multitude of health benefits. It happens to be popular in many parts of the world, say as Mexico, most of South Asia, and South Western parts of USA. Coriander seeds are usually plump and brown in colour, with a hollow cavity, which is filled with essential oils that adds into its flavour, and once it is powdered it still retains those oils. 

Health benefits

  • Coriander powder has a great potential for curing the issue of constipation, as it is rich in dietary fibre, it helps relieve constipation, and ensures regular bowel movement. (1)

  • Coriander powder also helps in lowering blood cholesterol levels because it contains dietary fibre that helps to bind the salts and prevents them from being reabsorbed by the colon. Thereby, this helps in lowering the LDL ( low-density lipoprotein ) cholesterol levels. (1) 

  • Coriander powder is also useful because it is said to be very effective on digestion and is said to be good for increasing appetite, and in relieving indigestion, flatulence, nausea and diarrhoea. (2)

  • Coriander powder inherits pain-relieving properties and hence is useful for muscle pain, headaches, stiffness and arthritis. (2)

Selection Guide

At the time of purchase, it is necessary to check if it retains its smell, thereby it should have its strong earthy aroma. Moreover, one should always go for the dark whole coriander.

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