Hindi Name: धनिया पाउडर
Grounded from coriander seeds, coriander powder is an essential condiment in the Indian cuisine. Very few dishes can be made without the touch of coriander powder. It has a pleasing aroma and savour.
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 an opaque tightly sealed container. Grounded coriander will stay for about six months, while the seeds remain fresh for almost a year. Instead of buying coriander powder, it is advisable to buy the seeds and grind them for purpose. Sprinkling a pinch of coriander powder is enough for curries to give its characteristic flavor.
Coriander powder is usually consumed with water. It alleviates gas and aids digestion. Coriander powder is an essential condiment in barbecue. Like the leaves and the seeds, coriander powder is very beneficial in medical practices.
1. Coriander powder aids digestion.
2. When consumed along with powdered aniseed, it is an excellent remedy for fever.
3. It provides soothing relief from heat and is a very popular summer drink. However one has to be cautious about the quantity as it may affect health adversely.
4. Coriander powder detoxes the body from heavy chemicals like lead, arsenic mercury etc.