Products ⇒ Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya)

English Name Coriander Seeds
Botanical Name Coriander Sativum
Common Name Cilantro, Chinese parsley or Dhania
Harvesting Period April-May-June
 
Description
 

Coriander generally called as "Dhania" belongs to the Apiaceae family. Coriander is used as a condiment in cuisine for preparing the finest foods, in the perfumery industry because of the volatile oil contained by its fruits and as a medicinal herb.

Coriander Plant is a soft, hairless plant growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems.

The mature plant bears small light pink color flowers that subsequently turn in to globular or oval shaped fruits (seeds). The coriander seeds are oval, measure about 4-6 mm in diameter with central hollow cavity containing two vertical vittae containing some important essential oils.

Cultivation
 

Coriander is common in Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, South Asian, Mexican, Texan, Latin American, Chinese, African and Southeast Asian cuisine.

Usage

Culinary Use

  • It is used as a spice in garam masala and Indian curries.
  • These are roasted, called dhana dal, are eaten as a snack.
  • These are the main ingredient of south Indian dishes: sambhar and rasam.
  • These are boiled with water and drunk as indigenous medicine for colds.
 

Medicinal Use

  • Prevents Nausea
  • Aids in digestion
  • Protects against urinary tract infections
  • Lowers bad cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers sugar level in diabetics