Ground coriander powder is a must have spice essential in every Indian kitchen used in various recipes. It is called dhania powder in India. It is made of freshly roasted coriander seeds.
Ground coriander is a staple spice used as such in curries as well as a part of various spice blends just like cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala etc. It also has various health benefits.
In this post I am sharing two methods to make coriander powder recipe along with tips, uses and health benefits. More homemade powder recipes please check cumin powder, sambar powder, rasam powder, tea masala powder, badam milk powder recipes.
Homemade coriander powder or dhaniya powder for adding in Indian curries, gravies, sambar etc. If you buy dhaniya powder from stores, do yourself a favor and make it at home. It is economic, fresh and most importantly unadulterated. Also you can make it very easily in no time. Here is a step by step method for making homemade coriander powder!
About Coriander Powder
Coriander powder or dhaniya powder is nothing but ground coriander seeds. This is a staple Indian spice used in various recipes.
Roasting and powdering whole spices like cumin seeds, dried red chilies, mustard, turmeric is a very integral part of Indian cooking. They are used on their own or used to make different spice blend with other spices.
Ground coriander is a versatile spice used in various curries, gravies, chaat recipes and also used as pickling spices in some recipes. It is also a part of spice rubs for meat dishes.
While ground coriander is easily available in stores, it is super easy to make coriander powder at home and it is almost effortless process.
Before going to the detailed recipe of ground coriander here are some details about the coriander seeds, its health benefits and details.
What Are Coriander Seeds?
Coriander seeds are the seeds of the coriander plant. Coriander is an annual herb from the family apiaceae and it is also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. The dried fruit are called coriander seed.
Coriander is called dhania in India. The leaves are called dhania patta and the seeds are dried and used as spice. It is an essential ingredient in Indian cooking and many recipes includes coriander in various forms.
All the parts of the cilantro plant are edible. Fresh coriander leaves are used as garnish in many recipes, used for making chutney while thick stalks are used in many Asian recipes, thai green curry etc.
Both the whole coriander seeds as well as ground coriander are also very widely used in Indian cooking. Roasted coriander seeds and ground coriander powder have an earthy warm taste and adds a wonderful flavor to the curries.
Why Make Ground Coriander At Home?
Ground coriander is a very commonly available spice powder that you can easily pick from the spice aisle of any grocery stores. So why make coriander powder at home you ask?
First of all homemade spice powders, be it dhania powder, curry powder or cumin powder are way more flavorful, potent and fresh than the sore bought ones.
Next homemade coriander powder is free of adulterants and fillers. One of the most common adulterant in store coriander powder is fine saw dust or powdered horse dung.
So it is best to make ground coriander at home right? Given how easy it is to make you should totally give it a go 🙂 It is
Easy to make
Adds taste to curries
Made without fillers
Two Ways To Make Ground Coriander
There are two ways to make ground coriander at home.
- If you regularly use coriander powder in your cooking it is a good idea to make and store it in bulk.
- If you need ground coriander for just one recipe you can use a small mortar and pestle or rolling pin to crush the seeds.
So basically you just powder the roasted coriander seeds to make a powder out of it.
As we use this spice powder regularly in our cooking, we do make and store a good batch once in few months. Again while making a big batch it is a good idea to roast the coriander seeds. You can either sun dry the seeds or dry roast in a hot pan.
Roasting the coriander seeds or any seed releases the essential oils and increases the flavor and also the shelf life.
How To Make Coriander Powder
Roasting Coriander Seeds
Pick the coriander seeds after checking for small stones or mud. If you purchase in wholesale this step is very important.
Heat a thick pan well. Once is hot add the coriander seeds to the dry pan and saute a bit.
Dry roast in low flame for 7-10 minutes or until the seeds become crispy and aroma wafts out.
Making Ground Coriander
Once roasted, transfer to a wide plate and let cool thoroughly.
Transfer to a mixer jar
Make a fine powder. If needed you can sieve the powder once. Transfer the ground coriander to a wide plate and let cool completely for few minutes. If you store the powder while it is still hot from the mixer grinder, the powder will clump up.
Store in airtight containers and use a clean dry spoon while using in recipes.
Choose fresh and crispy coriander seeds that are intact for best flavor when powdered. Make sure the seeds are not stale or rancid.
Roasting the coriander seeds releases the essential oils and increases the flavor of coriander powder to another level.
Use a heavy pan for roasting coriander seeds. A heavy pan helps in uniform roasting of the seeds. While roasting maintain low flame and roast well stirring continuously.
To make a fine powder of roasted coriander seeds use a powerful grinder. We use smallest jar of mixer grinder which is specially designed for grinding spices. You can also use a coffee grinder or spice grinder.
Roasted coriander seeds emit a wonderful flavor and also slightly change in color. Once it is flavorful with mild aroma you can remove from flame. Make sure not to over roast or burn the seeds.
Storage & Shelf Life
Storing whole coriander seeds
Whole coriander seeds keep well for 8-12 months at room temperature. Store them in opaque airtight container in cool dry place.
Storing Coriander Powder
Ground coriander has less shelf life compared to whole seeds. The powder looses its freshness by passing time.
You can store coriander powder for 2-3 months to retain flavor. Store daniya powder in airtight containers. If you make in bulk, you can store a small portion in pantry and freeze the rest. For longer shelf life store gourd coriander in freezer in small air tight containers.
Always use a clean dry spoon to take the required amount.
Coriander Powder Uses
Ground coriander is very widely used in Indian dishes and in some middle eastern recipes. It is one of the very common spices used in many curries along with cumin powder, turmeric powder etc.
In curries- potato curry, gobi masala, aloo gobi, dal fry, chole recipe and many other recipes in Indian cuisine.
In Snacks and chaats- aloo tikki, mirchi bajji, tamarind chutney, roasted vegetables etc.
You can also add this powder in any spice blend to increase the flavor profile.
Where To Buy?
Whole coriander seeds are very widely available in all grocery stores. In countries like USA you will find them in Indian stores or Middle Eastern stores or in Asian stores in the spice aisle or spice section.
Health Benefits Of Coriander
Coriander seeds and powder both have proven beneficial in treating diabetes. Boiling coriander seeds or powder in water and drinking as coriander tea helps in controlling fluctuations in blood sugar.
This seed is also very helpful for good digestion and gut health. Coriander is a rich source of Vitamin A,l C and also folic acid.
It helps in increasing bone health and treating arthritis
Coriander helps in simulating the taste buds and increases appetite.
It helps in keeping cholesterol in check.
Frequently Asked Questions
No they both are two different spices.
It has a unique aroma and flavor which cannot be substituted with any other spice.
It is used widely in Indian, Latin American and middle eastern recipes for flavor.
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Coriander Powder | Dhaniya Powder | Ground Coriander
1 CUP = 250 ml
- 1 cup coriander seeds
Roasting Coriander Seeds
- Pick the coriander seeds after checking for small stones or mud. If you purchase in wholesale this step is very important.
- Heat a thick pan well. Once is hot add the coriander seeds to the dry pan and saute a bit.
- Dry roast in low flame for 7-10 minutes or until the seeds become crispy and aroma wafts out.
Making Ground Coriander
- Once roasted, transfer to a wide plate and let cool thoroughly.
- Transfer to a mixer jar and make a fine powder. If needed you can sieve the powder once.
- Transfer the ground coriander to a wide plate and let cool completely for few minutes. If you store the powder while it is still hot from the mixer grinder, the powder will clump up. Store in airtight containers and use a clean dry spoon while using in recipes.