Coriander is one of our favorite spices, as it’s often the biggest part of that signature taste that a lot of Indian food has. Coriander’s a classic herb in both Indian and Mexican cuisine, so keeping a small jarful on your shelf is sure to come in handy.
Coriander is uniquely aromatic and flavorsome, making it the perfect addition to a number of dishes. Our number one recommendation with coriander powder is to make sure to add it to the dish before you add any liquid. For example, if you’re making a basic curry you would be wise to add the coriander to the meat before any tomatoes or cream went into the sauce. The reason that we recommend this is that coriander is one of the spices that truly benefit from being gently toasted before other spices and ingredients are added. Toasting your spices in a saucepan (whether it’s dry or has a little fat in it) can truly make a world of difference to your end result. Often, the difference is described by saying that toasting your spices leads to a much more three-dimensional flavor.
If you’re one of the people out there who’ve long been a little dubious of coriander, we completely understand - to some people, the taste is a little overpowering or odd. If this sounds like you, try adding an equal quantity of cumin to the food you’re cooking at the same time as the coriander. The earthiness of the cumin balances out the coriander, leading to a delightfully well-rounded dish.
To store our coriander, keep it the same way as you keep the rest of your spices: in a cool, dry place and in an airtight container. That said, it’s so delightfully aromatic that opening it for a sniff every now and then is hard to resist.