April 12, 2018

Ground Coriander : A complete Guide on Benefits, Cooking, Buying and Storing

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Ground Coriander- One Spice Many Uses

There is nothing complicated about coriander powder or ground coriander as many prefer to call it. Whole coriander seeds, are dried and then round to a powder form to make Ground Coriander.

It’s 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 a veg, meat, milk product, legumes or whole grains.

It is one the friendliest spice I know of. Great as a beginner spice if you are still not sold on the idea of using spices in your meals. 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:

  • The characteristic flavour profile of Ground Coriander
  • How to use Ground Coriander for cooking 
  • The Difference between Coriander Seeds and Ground Coriander
  • Benefits of Ground Coriander
  • Where to Buy and How to store Ground Coriander
  • The best spice substitute and combinations 
  • Recipes using Ground Coriander

Other Names

English – Coriander powder, ground coriander, Cilantro powder, ground Cilantro

Indian – Sabut Dhania

German – Koriandersamen

French – graines de coriandre
Spanish – cilantro en polvo

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 any dish that it is used in making a stand alone 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 frys or even for salad dressings to give your dish that wholesome taste.

 Read about 28 Essential Indian Spices and How to Use Them for Cooking. 

 

Ground coriander Uses and benifits of cooking with coriander powder

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 omitting 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

 You may also like to read about the Best Spice Substitutes for Hard to Find Indian Spices 

Easy Recipes with Coriander Powder to Try

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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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