Homemade Ground Coriander or Coriander Powder is made by powdering toasted Coriander seeds in a spice grinder or pestle & mortar. It is the quintessential ingredient in many dishes like Chana Masala, and spice blends like garam masala and curry powder.
Skip the store-bought ground coriander and make them at home in just 10 minutes.
What Is Coriander Powder
Fresh Ground coriander is quick and easy to make at home. Dry toast the coriander seeds until fragrant and powder them smooth or coarse.
Coriander Powder is called Ground Coriander, Ground Cilantro, Cilantro Powder in English, Bhuna Dhaniya in Hindi, Koriandersamen in German, and Cilantro en Polvo in Spanish.
This robust and warming spice is a versatile spice that mingles well with any kind of dish. Add it to roasted vegetables, warming curries, meat dishes, lentils/legumes, or even whole grains.
The flavor profile for coriander powder is nutty, earthy, sweet, smoky, tart, and a woody undertone.
HOW TO GROW CORIANDER AT HOME?
Did you know you can grow fresh coriander plants at home? Fill a herb planter or a small pot with multipurpose compost. Scatter the coriander seeds randomly. Gently press them into the soil. Top it with a little more soil and keep them under direct sunlight. Water them regularly and you will see the seeds germinate within 7-20 days. Sow every three or four weeks for a constant supply of leaves.
All the parts of this plant are edible. I cannot imagine my Indian kitchen pantry without Fresh coriander leaves ( cilantro ), whole coriander seeds, and ground coriander. It is an absolute essential ingredient and I like to use either of them at least once every day.
I am huge lover of Coriander, however, there are tons of people who hate this herb & spice a lot. Some also find coriander/cilantro having a soapy flavor. Well, you really cannot convince anyone to love something that they hate the most.
All I can say is that Coriander Haters are missing on Big Flavors.
CORIANDER SEEDS VS CORIANDER POWDER
Coriander is a staple spice used in Indian, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines as whole seeds and as ground powder. There is an essential difference between the two and it is the way they are used in the cooking process.
Both the coriander seeds and ground coriander behave differently in a dish. You cannot interchange the role of adding the whole seeds and powder in a dish. Add the Coriander seeds at the beginning of the cooking process or lightly toasted along with other whole spices. However, add the Ground Coriander to the dish midway or at the end of the cooking process.
There is a subtle difference in flavor between ground coriander and whole coriander seeds. Gently toast the Whole seeds and add them to spice blends, curries, or condiments like sambar powder, rasam powder, or chutneys. Add the ground coriander powder to the curries and the flavor profile is elevated to a new distinctive level.
USAGE TIPS for GROUND CORIANDER
Use Powdered Coriander in recipes that require robust and warming flavors like Curries like Vegan Tofu Korma, Rogan Josh, Palak Paneer or Stews or even Tray Bake vegetables. As much as I love adding Homemade Ground Cumin to recipes, we love adding Bhuna Dhaniya too.
This Powdered spice is also great in spice blends like my 2 minutes Instant Garam Masala, Spice rubs, and sauces recipes.
Coriander ( Cilantro ) benefits
There are many healthy benefits of Coriander including improving digestion and aiding weight loss.
Other Known Benefits also include
- Contains immune-boosting antioxidants
- Helps in reducing heat in your body
- Promotes Digestion and Gut health too!
- Packed with Anti-inflammatory and Anti Bacterial Properties
How To Store Ground Coriander
Store the spices in airtight jars in a cool dried place. I like to store large batches of the spice in small-sized containers or ziplock bags to lock maximum freshness.
Did you know the shelf life of WHOLE CORIANDER SEEDS is up to a Year, whereas the coriander powder is about 2-3 months ?
How to make Coriander Powder at home? ( Step by Step )
Although, it is easy to buy premade store bought coriander powder, the homemade powdered spice is absolutely the best. It takes literally 10 minutes to make a large batch.
To make this versatile spice powder, you will need only One Ingredient – Coriander Seeds.
Place the coriander seeds in a pan, and roast until become fragrant, crisp, and browned.
Remove from flame and transfer to a plate to cool down.
Now transfer to a grinder and make a smooth or coarse powder.Store this ground coriander powder in an airtight jar in a cool dried place.
How to make Dhaniya Jeera Powder ( Coriander Cumin Powder )?
To make Dhaniya Jeera Powder from scratch, pan toast the cumin and coriander seeds in equal proportion. Allow it cool down.Now place them in a grinder and blend to a powder.
To make Instant Dhaniya Jeera Powder, mix equal proportion of ground cumin and ground coriander. Store them in air tight container like all other spices.
EASY HOMEMADE CORIANDER POWDER RECIPE BELOW
- 1 Cup Coriander Seeds
- Place the coriander seeds in a pan and roast until become fragrant, crisp and browned.
- Remove from flame and transfer to a plate to cool down.
- Now transfer to a grinder and make a smooth fine powder of the coriander seeds.
- Store this ground powder in an airtight jar in a cool dried place.
- Toast the coriander seeds in a dry pan on medium to low flame.
- Do not leave the pan unattended, as the coriander can brown too much and can become unpleasant.
- Allow the seeds to cool down completely.
- Remember to keep the surface free from moisture.