Grounded from coriander seeds, Coriander Powder is an essential condiment in Indian cuisine. This seed is sweet, aromatic, and pairs well with all spices, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, and nutmeg. Instead of buying store coriander powder, it is advisable to make its homemade coriander powder. I still remember my mom used to grind all masalas on Sil batta (Sil Batta in Hindi with sil referring to flat stone and batta referring to a cylindrical grinding stone. ) Sprinkling a pinch of homemade coriander powder is enough for curries to give its characteristic flavor.
Coriander is the dried seed or fruit of the Coriandrum sativum plant, which belongs to the parsley family. Cilantro is the leaf of this same plant and surprisingly, its flavor is vastly different from that of coriander. Cilantro has a complex but delicate flavor with a hint of pepper, mint, and lemon. Coriander has a sweet, aromatic taste with a touch of citrus. Coriander seeds are native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.
It’s my routine to have coriander seeds water first thing in the morning. All you have to do is take one tablespoon of coriander seeds (1 tsp) with 1 cup of water and soaked it overnight. In the morning filter the water and microwave it for 30 seconds. OR put the seeds in the boiling water and let it bubble for a minute or so. Remove the water from the flame and let it cool. Filter the water and skip it like tea. You can carry this water with you to work or whenever you step out and keep sipping it throughout the day.
The coriander seeds help the body in shedding the excess water weight naturally. This method is safe and effective too. It alleviates gas and aids digestion.
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Coriander from which the powder is made is one of the world’s oldest spices. It is considered both a spice and a herb. The seeds are dry-fried and grounded. This helps to retain the aromatic flavor of the seeds.
For grounded coriander powder to stay afresh, it has to be stored in a tightly sealed container. It will stay for about six months, while the seeds remain fresh for almost a year when keeping in a refrigerator. I always keep whole spices and grounded spices in the freezer section and sometimes in the refrigerator (non-freezer section). They always stay fresh.
How to make fresh coriander powder ?
Heat the pan nicely and add the coriander seeds, no need to roast for a long time. Toast 1 cup of coriander seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat for 2 or 4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, if you really want to intensify the flavor.
Then allow roasted coriander seeds to cool down completely then transfer to a dry grinder.
Store in an airtight container in a dry and cool place.
You can make it in bulk. A small amount of it can be stored in a bottle for daily use and the rest can be kept in a refrigerator. It is best used within three months.